Weber State University is a large public school located in Ogden, Utah. There is a branch campus in Davis County and two other small branches located in Morgan and in Roy that offer general education courses. The school was founded in 1889 as an academy, became a four-year school in the early 1960s, and received university status in 1991.
The mission of the university is “to meet the educational needs of Utah through roles assigned by the State Board of Regents in the liberal arts and sciences and a variety of vocations and professions.” The school adopted the name of a local historical figure as have the county and local lake that surround it. The first bachelor’s degree was not awarded until 1964. The current name was adopted in 1991.
Weber State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It awards associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in diverse areas of study. Majors, minors, and certificates are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including accounting, anthropology, applied technology, education, entrepreneurship, family studies, several foreign languages, geospatial analysis, human performance management, interior design technology, sales and merchandising, and social work. There are also a number of interdisciplinary programs, including an honors program, legal studies, and pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.
Master’s degrees are awarded in accounting (Master of Professional Accountancy), business administration (MBA), criminal justice, and education. There is also a graduate certificate program in health administrative services. Professional certificates or development is also offered in various technical fields, dental radiology, nursing, and paralegal studies.
The university offers the most comprehensive academic catalog of any institution in the state of Utah. It also offers an Early College Program that helps high school students prepare for entry into a college academic setting. The student-faculty ratio is 22:1; and classes have fewer than 30 students, on average, guaranteeing students access to their faculty.
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Paths of study are organized through a number of academic schools and colleges: the College of Applied Science & Technology; the College of Arts and Humanities; the John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics; the Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education; the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dunke College of Health Professions; the College of Science; and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.
The online division offers web based interactive learning for the distance students. The institute offers more than 190 online degrees in diverse areas of study. The biggest advantage of the online education is that the students can access the classes and courses anytime, anywhere.
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Freshman students seeking admission must send their completed application form along with all the official transcripts and scores for ACT or SAT. Getting a transfer to this institute is also very easy, and you must send the official transcripts from all previous institutes attended. Each year, the university enrolls a large number of international students from over 45 countries worldwide. Applicants from non-English speaking countries should take a test to prove their proficiency in English language.
Financial aid is available with a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, as well as demonstrated leadership abilities and geographic location. Out-of-state students may apply for reduced tuition. Applicants for admission are automatically considered for scholarship opportunities; no other application is required. All applicants must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
The federal and state grants include the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP), Tier Grant (TIERG), Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG), and National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART). Loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. The loans offered at WSU are Federal Perkins Loans (PERK), Direct Subsidized Loan (DLSF), Graduate or Professional PLUS loans (DLGP), and Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (DLPL). The institute also offers work-study programs to enable students to meet their educational expenses.
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The campus is home to more than 18,000 students, the great majority of which are undergraduates. Students are encouraged to participate in regular campus events, and diversity and an open academic environment are cultivated. There are more than 100 student clubs and organizations available for participation, including a school newspaper and radio station. The student organizations include American Red Cross, Alive at 25 Club, Black Student Union, International Club, Middle Eastern Students Club, and Honors Curling Club.
The campus also features a strong Greek presence. Students can take part in the various fraternities and sororities on the campus. Notable Greek organizations include Gamma Phi Sorority, Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Kappa Omega Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Pi Theta Xi.
The Signpost is independent, student-run paper published every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. FM radio station KWCR – 88.1 Weber FM is Ogden’s radio station.
In addition to the numerous classroom, dormitory, and administration buildings, the 500 acre campus features a planetarium and a performing arts center. The main library offers a large number of electronic catalogs and online databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site or available through interlibrary loan. It is a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium. Archives and special collections include books and photographs relating to Utah history.
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The athletic department sponsors a variety of man’s and women’s sports teams, which compete in NCAA Division I in the Big Sky Conference. The sports include football, basketball, cross country, track and field, golf, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and softball. The athletic teams are nicknamed as the Wildcats. The colors are purple and white.
Notable alumni include:
- Bill Allred, radio personality
- J. Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott International
- Fawn M. Brodie, eminent historian and author
- Ruben Nembhard, former NBA basketball player
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The Human Performance program prepares students to work and study within a vast array of physiological and anatomical matters such as physical therapy, elementary physical education, and lifestyle management.
The Naval Science program introduces students to the world of naval professions and technology. Sea power, maritime affairs, naval ship systems, and naval warfare are all points of emphasis in preparing graduates for the world of maritime science.
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