For the first time, Utah Valley University will impose enrollment standards next fall, insisting freshman arrive with a minimum 2.5 GPA and a composite ACT score of at least 19, then maintain a C average to advance.
The move is part of a strategic plan to ensure the fast-growing Orem campus remains true to its disparate missions of the open access associated with community colleges and the academic rigor expected of a baccalaureate-degree granting institution, said UVU President Matthew Holland on Monday in a meeting with The Salt Lake Tribune’s editorial board.
“We’re doing both with one set of faculty, one set of buildings and one set of administrators,” Holland said. “This plan will provide flexibility while maintaining a gate-keeping function.”
UVU will retain its status as an open-enrollment school — it just won’t be as open as in the past, when students could register three weeks into a semester and take classes with little preparation as long as they held a high school diploma.