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Tomorrow is the day Utah Valley State College officially becomes Utah Valley University. It is a significant day for all Utahns, but foremost for residents of Utah Valley.
In seeking university status, UVSC officials demonstrated the need for another university in the Provo-Orem area. BYU, of course, is just down the road. But the private institution caters primarily to students from throughout the nation and world. Only about ten-percent of Utah County's college-age students attend BYU, while some 70-percent of them typically have attended UVSC.
Now, local students will have the benefit of a more accessible university and the opportunity for graduate study. Initially, only one advanced degree will be offered - a master's degree in education. But plans are underway to add masters programs in nursing and business.
Throughout the process of getting the necessary approvals for the change, UVSC officials emphasized their goal of keeping the new university connected to the community. We hope they do. UVU's appeal and success will directly correspond to the extent of the institution's commitment to meeting local and regional educational needs.
KSL joins the people of Utah in welcoming the state's newest university. As has been happening all day today on campus, it is an occasion for celebration.