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History, Mission, and Goals

History

Founded in 1888, Snow College is one of the oldest two-year state colleges in the Western United States. It is a dynamic institution devoted to retaining the best of the past and answering the demands of changing times. Snow College has an important place in the history of education in Utah. Its story is an integral part of the long struggle to establish schools, first in the Utah Territory and then in the State. In the true sense of the phrase, Snow College is a pioneer school.

On November 5, 1988, forty years after the first settlers came to Ephraim and eight years before Utah was admitted to the Union, Snow College began as the Sanpete Stake Academy founded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints. Twelve years later in 1900, the school was renamed Snow Academy in honor of then-President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints, Lorenzo Snow, and his cousin Erastus Snow, who was instrumental in helping settle the Sanpete Valley. At the close of the academy era, in 1917, when new educational demands were made on the school its name was changed to Snow Normal College. With the rise of the American‑created junior college system the name was again changed, for a brief period (1922‑1923), to Snow Junior College. In 1923 it was simplified to Snow College, for which it has been known ever since.

In addition to offering the traditional two‑year, pre‑university education, Snow has offered applied technology courses throughout its 140+ year history. In 1998, the Utah State Legislature merged the former Sevier Valley Applied Technology Center, located in Richfield, with Snow College. The Richfield campus adds a strong program of technical education offerings and a growing number of academic courses to complement the offerings on the Ephraim campus. Today, Snow College is a state college offering liberal arts and technical education programs, online degrees, short‑term training, various Associate Degrees and even two four-year Baccalaureate Degrees.  Vital student support services and opportunities for involvement are important aspects of the Snow College experience. 

Over the years, the emphasis on quality has made Snow College the intellectual, artistic, cultural, educational and athletic center of Central Utah. Encouraged by Snow’s high academic standards and dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, thousands of graduates have gone on to earn higher degrees at colleges and universities throughout the country. Thousands of others have graduated from Snow fully prepared to find employment in a wide variety of fields, and to take their place in personal and professional life. Today, as in the past, the best evidence of Snow’s success is its successful graduates.

Snow College aspires to be a national leader in providing accessible, affordable, high quality and flexible education for rural and other underserved populations.  Our competitive advantage is a personalized, high touch experience provided for all students.

Mission Statement And Core Themes For Snow College

Snow College continues a tradition of excellence, encourages a culture of innovation, and cultivates an atmosphere of engagement to advance students in the achievement of their educational goals.

Snow College strives to fulfill its mission by:

  • Honoring its history and advancing its rich tradition of learning by providing a vibrant learning environment that empowers students to achieve their educational goals.
  • Encouraging and supporting innovative initiatives that create dynamic learning experiences for the college community.
  • Creating learning and service opportunities, both locally and globally, to engage students, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities.

The core themes for the College are, Tradition of Excellence, Culture of Innovation, and Atmosphere of Engagement.

Accreditation 

Snow College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Credits and degrees earned at Snow College are accepted by most American colleges and universities.

Snow College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA. 20190-5248.

The Theatre Department at Snow College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. 

The Business Division at Snow College is an accredited member of the Association of College Business Schools and Programs.

The Practical Nursing and RN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN)

Americans With Disabilities Act

Any student with a disability who feels that he or she needs an accommodation may contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at (435) 283-7321. Any campus visitor or guest with a disability who feels that he or she needs an accommodation to participate in a campus event may contact the Office of the President at (435) 283-7010 for assistance in contacting the appropriate office for requesting the accommodation.

Any student, visitor or guest who feels he or she has been discriminated against because of a disability may contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at (435) 283-7321. If a student or guest wishes to appeal a ruling by the coordinator, he or she may contact the Vice President for Student Success at (435) 893-2216. The full grievance procedure is found online at https://snow.edu/offices/ADA/index.html.

Maps

Snow College Maps

Notice of Non-Discrimination

In compliance with federal laws and regulations (Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title I, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act), Snow College is an equal opportunity institution providing education and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status,  genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

Snow College does not discriminate on the basis of the aforementioned in employment or its educational programs and activities.

In addition, Title IX of the Education Amendments specifically prohibits sex discrimination in federally supported programs. In order to comply with Title IX, Snow College affirms its commitment to this policy by prohibiting any form of sexual misconduct, which includes sexual harassment, sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, coercion, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Local, state, and federal laws will be enforced on Snow’s campuses.

The aforementioned Federal laws prohibit covered entities from retaliating against a person who files a charge of discrimination, participates in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposes an unlawful employment practice.

Employment and Employees

If you are an employee or prospective employee with equal opportunity employment questions, please contact: 
Brent Baxter - Director of Human Resources
Noyes Building, Room 242
(435) 283-7058

Students

If you are a student or potential student with questions or concerns about discrimination, please contact Student Code of Conduct Officer:
Mike Daniels - Dean of Students
Greenwood Student Center, Room 200F
(435) 283-7320

If you are student or potential student with questions regarding disability, please contact:
Paula Robison - Accessibility Services Coordinator
Greenwood Student Center, Room 239
(435) 283-7321

Title IX Compliance

If you are a student, employee, or are otherwise connected with Snow College or any of Snow’s campuses and have questions about Title IX or concerns about possible sex discrimination (i.e. on the basis of sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, etc.) or sexual misconduct (as stated above), please contact:

Staci Taylor - Snow College Title IX Coordinator
Noyes Building, Room 233
(435) 283-7120

                                OR

Denver Region Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310
Denver, CO 80204-3582
Telephone:  (303) 844-5695
FAX:  (303) 844-4303
TDD:  (800) 877-8339
Email:  OCR.Denver@ed.gov