On behalf of the faculty and administration at Utah Valley University, it's my great pleasure to welcome you and your student to a campus community that eagerly anticipates your arrival. This is a remarkable time in your student's life — one for which we've prepared for more than seven decades here at UVU by refining our tireless dedication to student success.

At Utah Valley University, your student will find opportunities to participate in an active process called "engaged learning." This approach to teaching and learning combines the foundations of academic theory with the context of practical application. We believe this creates a deep, lasting connection with the curriculum. No matter what course of study your student chooses to pursue, an engaged learning experience is in store.

Our new Student Life & Wellness Center is just another example of our commitment to student success. Recently opened to the University community in April 2014, the center offers students more space to grow and develop their bodies, minds, and spirits, with everything from basketball courts and a rock climbing wall to engaged learning spaces and meditation and reflection rooms.

Likewise, the recently completed Classroom Building provides an additional 244,000 square feet of academic learning space at UVU, ensuring that students and faculty members have the physical learning tools and atmosphere so vital to student success. Please join us in encouraging your son or daughter to make the most of his or her UVU experience by taking advantage of these great resources and committing to diligent study.

Again, we are delighted that your student is coming to UVU. I am confident that you, like those of us fortunate to work here, will be so pleased and proud of the growth you will observe in your student as he or she develops intellectually, socially and ethically at this dynamic institution of higher learning.

President's Book Challenge Each year, President Holland offers a reading challenge to the incoming freshman class.

You can find the suggested reading at

Freshman students are invited to a book discussion with President Holland at the beginning of the fall semester.

President Holland