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Neumont University was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003, to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering an accredited bachelor’s degree in three years that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum. This blog serves as a platform to publish and share, news, reviews, and stories from Utah's best kept tech secret. 



Neumont University's official blogs shares the stories of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff to illustrate the Neumont experience. 


Week Zero

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Neumont University's Freshman Orientation is more than moving into housing and picking up laptops. (Although we love those days too!) After families leave and freshmen settle into their new apartments, they get to work. All freshmen start their career at Neumont University with Freshman Seminar. It's a week-long course that will continue throughout their first quarter designed to help students learn their way around Neumont and Salt Lake City. Some of the best moments from the course are captured during Week Zero. 

Activities during this week range from academic lectures to panel discussions to scavenger hunts around downtown Salt Lake City. These activties are focused on team-building and mentorship. Freshmen get to know each other, their Peer Leaders, Resident Advisors, and Advocates before classes officially start so when the time to ask for help arrives freshmen know where to turn and feel comfortable too. 

To kick things off, Peer Leaders headed up a networking activity to help students get to know one another. After playing a chaotic game, students were invited to game with each other focusing on board and card games with a free download of DubWars from Neumont's Enterprise Project partner Mura Interactive. 

Students competed in a scavenger hunt throughout downtown Salt Lake City. They were divided into teams and tasked with photographing landmarks and art within a few blocks of the university's main campus. The search took them to a few of downtown's most popular destinations including City Creek Center, The Gateway Mall, Vivint SmartHome Arena, and Gallivan Plaza.

Then freshmen gathered to hear from senior students who shared their advice on failure and success at Neumont University. USG President John Ngo encouraged students to get involved in their community and to count on discipline, not motivation, to get them through the tough days. BSCS Student Dia Brown shared her experiences of failing and trying again and again until finally she is set to graduate. Other student panelists included BSIS Student and Peer Leader Trystan Orr, BSCS Student and Student Ambassador Maciej Smusez, and BSWD Student Brain Roadifer. 


Tips for Applying for Admission and Scholarship at Neumont University

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Admissions Officer Maureen Ranks and Computer Science Instructor Matt Warner sat down to chat with future students about the hows and whys of applying to Neumont University. Maureen works with students each day helping them complete their applications and starting classes at Neumont. Matt sits on the Admissions Committee and helps review every application to determine whether or not a student is admitted. 

Watch the full stream for all their insights on what it takes to apply, how the admissions committee evaluates ACT and SAT scores, what matters, and what doesn't on the application for admission. They'll also share some helpful tips on improving your application to increase your chances of earning merit-based scholarships at Neumont University. 

Matt and Maureen encourage students to apply early for the best chance of scholarships. They also reminded students to take some time with their essays and review their work. It's a great idea to have a friend or mentor review your essays! They also encourage students to submit ACT or SAT scores along with your cumulative GPA for your best chance of earning a merit-based scholarship. 

The Early Admission Deadline is Monday. October 24, 2016 for students who want to start classes in the fall of 2017. You can start your application at

Students who apply are invited to visit us on Friday, October 7 for a campus tour, student housing tour, and lunch with current students. Learn more about our Applicant Visitation Day here

2016 Freshman Orientation at Neumont University

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Freshman Orientation for the Class of 2019 is almost here! And we couldn't be more excited to welcome our newest cohort to Salt Lake City! 

Students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) will begin their Neumont adventure will Housing Move-in Day on Friday, September 16.

The next morning on Saturday, September 17, we'll host a series of short presentations at the Little America Hotel. New students are required to this Orientation Kickoff event and encouraged to ask questions. While families get their questions answered by a panel of staff, freshmen will pick up their new laptop, books, and ID badge at the university's 143 South Main Street campus. 

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The orienting will then continue with a Housing Orientation for all students living in Neumont University sponsored housing around downtown Salt Lake City. All freshmen are required to live in student housing unless an exemption is granted by the Dean of Students. 

Finally, freshmen will settle in with a week of Freshman Seminar. Monday through Friday, students will take a class designed to introduce them to Neumont's hands-on approach to learning, programming, each other, and Salt Lake City. The course consists of lectures, team-based projects, panels, and more. 

After a full week of getting acquainted with all things Neumont, classes will start for all students on Monday, September 26. We'll see you then!

ReStore Roundup: Neumont University Staff Sort to Serve with Habitat for Humanity

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When Neumont University students are on break, staff and faculty volunteer to support their community, and Friday, August 26 was no exception. This summer’s service project was held at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore: a retail outlet where donated goods are sold at below retails prices to pay for administration and labor fees for the Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity. The organization works toward eliminating poverty housing. 

While there were a variety of tasks that needed to be worked on, Neumont Marketing Associate Krista Smith said she and many other Neumont volunteers spent the majority of their time helping to organize and clean the store. The experience gave her a unique insight into the donations that came in. 

“It was astonishing to see how much stuff people donated,” Krista said, “but disheartening to realize how much of it was unusable or junk. If you would like to donate something to ReStore (or any organization for that matter), please ask yourself if that is something you would buy. If not, the dump may be a better home.”

Matt Brown, Enrollment Coordinator at Neumont explained, “By the time we finished our shift (roughly three and a half hours), the areas we’d worked in had transformed from scattered, cluttered shelves of miscellaneous items into well-organized, neat, tidy rows with clearly marked and categorized products and items filling the aisles like a well-stocked hardware store. The blinds, while suffering a constant in-out flow of people buying and dropping off, were tightly lined up and categorized. Several trucks—and thousands of pounds of donations—came and went, unloaded by the Neumont team, items put in their proper places or discarded if necessary.”

Krists added, “I was surprised by the level of need in the community. Prior to this project, I didn’t really understand what ReStore did. However in the short time we were there, I saw several people purchasing furniture, cabinets, insulation, paint and other home supplies that it hadn’t occurred to me were often out of reach for people. It’s always nice to have an opportunity to give back to the community,” she added, “especially at an organization that does so much good in our area.” 

And Matt may have summed up the entire experience best in four words: “We made a difference.”

An introduction to computer science

Krista Smith

Neumont University Computer Science Instructor Matt Warner tackles the question of what is computer science with a succinct answer. "Computer science is using software to solve problems for people."

In a brief introductory video, he explains that software development is writing a list of instructions for a computer to understand. The example he uses to describe this process is the classic game, Tic Tac Toe.

He challenges incoming freshman who are new to computer science and Neumont University to write (yes, really) in plain English a set of instructions that a person can use to always win Tic Tac Toe. If you've dabbled in programming, he suggests writing a set of instructions for the game Four In A Row. He also suggests testing the instructions by asking someone else to play the game with following what you've written exactly. 

Students attending Freshman Orientation in September will be asked to complete a similar task as they learn more about what it means to be a Neumont University student. 

In the Class of 2019? RSVP for Freshman Orientation. 

Neumont University Announces the Winners of 2016 Summer Project Showcase

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Another successful Project Showcase is in the books! Every two quarter, Neumont University presents an event for students to show off what they've been working on in a friendly competition. This time, students competed in Gaming, Capstone, and Enterprise Project categories. Staff, faculty, alumni, friends, family, and classmates voted for their favorite projects. The winners are highlighted below. 

Students play "Rogue Bot" as the dev team looks on. 

Students play "Rogue Bot" as the dev team looks on. 

Students Joshua Stephens, Shawn McCuistion, and Denver Boyer won runner-up in the gaming category for Rogue Bot. They describe the game as "a top-down rogue-like shooter featuring gun and weapons. You play as a rebellious robot who explores randomly generated environments while shooting down hordes of alien robots." 

The team behind the winning game accept their prizes. 

The team behind the winning game accept their prizes. 

The winners of the gaming category create a game without a title. The working title was developed by Morgan McClure, Joshua Kauer, and Thadius Novak. They describe the game as a top-down, third-person dungeon crawler where player choose between to different play styles to see how far they can get.

The student behind DA.I. Trader shares what was most challenging about developing the AI.

The student behind DA.I. Trader shares what was most challenging about developing the AI.

Jacob Ouellete was name the runner-up in the Capstone Project category for his project, DA.I. Trader. The website allows users to smartly invest in the stock market without requiring previous knowledge on the part of a user. The neural network analyzes past sock market data to make predictions for the future. 

Tyler Berry shows his project, NU Code to staff. 

Tyler Berry shows his project, NU Code to staff. 

For his coding problem website, NU Code, Tyler Berry was named best Capstone Project. H developed the website specifically for Neumont University students and faculty to use to host coding competitions and to submit and solve problems. You can check out the site here

Adam Nogowski accepts the award on behalf of his team for their Enterprise Project with IGT.

Adam Nogowski accepts the award on behalf of his team for their Enterprise Project with IGT.

For their Enterprise Project with IGT, Neumont University students developed applications for Amazon Echo. The winning team included Edward Latina, Scott Fries, Vincent Malmrose, and Adam Nogowski. 

For their work with Neumont University, Rachel Strasdin and Emerson Roberts were named best Enterprise Project.

For their work with Neumont University, Rachel Strasdin and Emerson Roberts were named best Enterprise Project.

Rachel Strasdin and Emerson Roberts developed a tool for every faculty member at Neumont University to use to store the records of how classes were taught. This historical data is referred to as The Vault. It is provided to all future instructors. The Vault holds information such as course objectives, course assignments and assessments, and details on how each objective was taught and whether or not it was successful. 

For their Enterprise Project with Mura Interactive, BSGD students helped develop DubWars. 

For their Enterprise Project with Mura Interactive, BSGD students helped develop DubWars. 

An Enterprise Project, DubWars was named the favorite of faculty and staff. The Enterprise Project team of Emerson Shaffer and Jacob Meyers developed a music game that combines the mechanics of a top-down shooter with dubstep and electronic music with Mura Interactive. The weapons are synced to the music creating times of intense weapon load outs and calm moments to test survival skills. The game is available for purchase on Steam

Kyle Kacprzynski's Mydi MIDI was name the audience favorite at Project Showcase. 

Kyle Kacprzynski's Mydi MIDI was name the audience favorite at Project Showcase. 

Web design and development student, Kyle Kacprzynski created Mydi MIDI to help pianists compose in real-time. The browser-based app listens to a MIDI keyboard and constructs sheet music from the composition in real-time on an HTML5 Canvas. It also supports editing, metronome, audio playback, and an option to export. The app also has a mobile component for users who can't connect a computer to their piano. The project is available now at

Congratulations to all of our presenters on a job well done! 

If you didn't make it to Project Showcase and would like to get an idea of what the event is like, we suggest checking out our live stream

A Day in the Life of a Neumont University Student

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In Katie's final quarter as a Neumont University freshman, she agreed to spend a few days filming the typical things she does as an aspiring game developer. Her friends and roommates were up to the challenge, and they shared with us footage from a few different days. 

Katie then edited all of the footage together into a quick video to share what it's like to live a day as an NU student in Salt Lake City, Utah. Katie is from a small town in northern California where she graduated from high school as valedictorian. She now vlogs about her adventures as a software and game development student in Utah as KatieFoo32. You can check out her channel here

Thank you Katie, Mary, and the rest of the crew for sharing your day with us! 

Why Neumont University's Career Week Matters

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Each quarter at Neumont University, Career Services hosts a "Career Week." And like so many other things Neumont, we do things differently. Career Week typically consists of several smaller events. Tech Talks are held each day at 12 p.m. in Room 323, interviews take place on campus every day, and networking events. 

Tech Talks

Students are encouraged to attend presentations, or Tech Talks, where representatives (usually a software developer and hiring manager) share what it's like to work at their company and the kinds of talent and skills they are looking to hire. NU's Industry Partners also buy lunch for the students who attend the event and often stick around to get to know students one-on-one after the presentation. Over the years, we've had Tech Talks from Google, Obsidian, 3M, EA, Activision, 1-800 Contacts, Oracle, and more. 

For a complete schedule of this week's Tech Talks, check out our Facebook page. 


Throughout the quarter, but with particular emphasis on Career Week, you'll find students interviewing in offices around campus. Freshman have transformed from nervous teens to confident young adults sharing their skills with potential employers. And because our grads go on to work across the country, they often interview online too. 

Students are prepared for their interviews through a series of professional development courses and coaching from Career Services staff. 

Networking Events

An Industry Partner i.e. employer of Neumont grads may choose to host a small informal gathering in the evening to get to know students in a more casual environment. Typically, these events are held in The Commons and are open to everyone.

+ Career Fair

If you thought Career Week meant recruiters standing at booths in a large room as students jostled to hand over their resumes, then we have that too. Neumont University's Career Fair is held just once a year in November for all students to get acquainted with local and national companies looking to hire tech super stars. 

Like we said, Career Week is different. We offer students and employers four opportunities a year to get to know each other, and our Career Services department works with every student to ensure they are prepared to apply, interview, and accept a job offer before they graduate. 

If you would like to learn more about how our Career Services staff helps grads launch there tech careers, go here

If you would like to hire our grads, please contact

Mark Your Calendar: The Deadline to Finalize Your Place in #Neumont19 is Nearly Here

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On Monday, August 1, Neumont University's Class of 2019 will complete some of the last steps needed to finalize their seats (and laptops) on campus this coming September. The final steps include:

Completing Financial Aid. Students will need to finalize their payment plan for college after submitting a FAFSA and Financial Aid Application. Our Office of Financial Aid works closely with every student to ensure all scholarships, grants, and loans are complete. 

Registering for Student  Housing. All freshman students at Neumont are required to live in university-sponsored housing for their first four quarters of attendance (unless an exemption is granted by the Dean of Students). Freshman must complete a housing application to help us learn more about you and pair you with your future roommates and pay a housing deposit to hold your apartment. Housing Move-in is Friday, September 16. You will receive your housing assignment and roommate information in mid-August. 

Submit Final Official Transcripts. Now that freshman have completed high school, it's time to submit official transcripts. These must be mailed to: 

Neumont University
Office of Admissions: Records
143 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

RSVP for Freshman Orientation: Now that everything else is complete, freshmen need to let us know they (and their parent(s) or guardian(s)) will be joining us on Saturday, September 17 for Orientation Kickoff. At this event, freshman will receive their laptop and books. Additionally, it's a time for students and their families to hear an overview of Neumont University, including resources that are available to help students succeed. 

Complete all of these steps on the Accepted Student Portal. If you need any help at all or would like to request an extension on the deadline, please contact your Admissions Officer. 

Once all of these steps are completed, future freshman can relax, kickback and enjoy the rest of their summer. We'll see you in September!