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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. 

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Your 2017-2018 FAFSA is Waiting for You

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The U.S. Department of Education, has more than $150 billion available in federal student aid. This money is disbursed to college students each academic year to help you pay for college. To find out if you qualify for federal student aid you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA as it's more commonly known. 

At Neumont, we encourage every applicant to submit a FAFSA. Why?

  1. It's free and easy to complete the FAFSA. You'll need your social security card or permanent residency card, you and/or your parents 2015 tax information, any W2 forms you may have, and an FSA ID to complete the application. If you or your parents file taxes online, you can have that data imported. With a little work, the application can be completed in 30 minutes. 
  2. It qualifies you to receive federal student aid that you will miss out on if you don't apply. That means money to help you pay for school, including tuition, books, fees, and living expenses. The only way to get access to that aid is to complete the FAFSA
  3. It helps us understand your financial information. Using your FAFSA information, we can determine whether or not you qualify for additional Neumont scholarships like the Access Grant and the Women in Technology scholarship. 

Even better, students looking to start classes in the fall of 2017 can complete their FAFSA now. Complete your FAFSA and enter Neumont's school code (009948) to ensure we receive your information. 

Once we receive your FAFSA, we'll contact you to help you get everything in place to start classes at Neumont. If you have any questions or need assistance, call us at 888-638-6668 or email financialaid@neumont.edu. 

Thanksgiving wishes

Shaun McAlmont

Though recent times have seen our nation divided along several lines—gender, race, class, religion, and education—we can be hopeful that this point in history will prove to be the catalyst that guides us back to a more civil discourse. While many people have concerns, it is important to remember our responsibility of respecting each other. Now, more than ever, we must rely on the importance of education, empathy, compassion, and understanding. 
 
Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

At Neumont, we are a small community, but we are a community that values and respects the principles of diversity, innovation, progress, and hard work. That makes us powerful beyond measure, especially as we move forward. Every single member of this community brings different beliefs and unique perspectives from which everyone else can learn. Given these learning experiences and opportunities to engage with differing opinions, we should all take on the challenge to learn and become change agents of the world.  
 
As we head into this holiday season, let’s stop to reflect and give thanks for the many wonderful and unique aspects that comprise our community, nation, and world. Let’s take the time to appreciate those around us and what each of us contributes. Let’s move forward steadfast in the knowledge that Neumont is, and will remain, a safe space where individual differences are valued and appreciated. 

As a reminder, students are always welcome to address concerns with staff. Our doors are open. 
 
Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.

Tech Talks, Interviews, and Career Fair

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Each quarter, Neumont Univeristy hosts a Career Week where local and national companies bring their software developers and hiring managers to campus.

Typically our industry partners present Tech Talks for our students to learn about the company, trends in the tech industry, and meet future employers. Most Tech Talks are about 45 minutes long and include a lunch for students. We keep the Tech Talks small, so the students and industry partners can get to know each other. You can watch some past Tech Talks on our YouTube channel if you would like to see presentations from companies like Workfront and Sony Santa Monica.

All week long, students nearing graduation interview with companies currently looking to fill their ranks with some of the best software developers out there. (We might be a bit biased.) This last quarter, 75 seniors were interviewed for potential jobs. These students work closely with our Career Services Manager to refine their resumes, develop a strong online presence, and improve their interview skills. 

Finally once a year, we invite companies to participate in a Career Fair. At the Career Fair, students from all cohorts are encouraged to make connections with our industry partners. Students share their resumes and introduce themselves to hiring managers from all kinds of companies from across the nation with differing technical needs. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors connect with companies who may hire them in the future in a comfortable environment. 

And yes, there's even more free food at Career Fair. 

A Very Neumont Thanksgiving

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Each November, Neumont University is thrilled to host a Thanksgiving dinner for all of our students. This year is no different. The dinner will be on Thursday, November 24 starting at 2 p.m. in The Commons. If you are going to attend, you must register with JP. You can stop by his office or email him at jp@neumont.edu

Students are encouraged to help out with a task during the event. You may be asked to move tables and chairs or help serve food, depending on the needs of the group. JP will provide you with an assignment when you register for the event.

The traditional meal includes turkey, sides, and dessert in addition to the company of close friends. And yes, there is a film of logs burning playing on the projector. After the meal, students are welcome to hangout in The Commons playing board games, video games, or watching movies. Neumont's small campus means events like this are just one of the ways we can help our students feel at home. 

 

2016 Summer Project Showcase Recap

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Twice a year, Neumont University students are encouraged to compete in Project Showcase. At this event, students show off projects they've created in class or on their own. This summer students presented apps, games, authenticators, and websites. Students competed in gaming, non-gaming, Capstone, and Enterprise project categories with additional prizes for the audience and faculty favorites. 

I've learned far more than I can even put into words since coming to Neumont compared to what I knew before. - Thadius Novak, Project Showcase Gaming Project Winner, BSGD, Class of 2017, New Buffalo, Michigan

The winner projects from the event are listed below.

  • Audience Favorite: Mydi Midi by Kyle Kacperzynki, BSWD, Class of 2017. Learn more at www.mydimidi.com
  • Faculty Favorite: Dub Wars by Mura Interactive in partnership with Neumont University BSGD Students Emerson Shaffer and Jacob Meyers. Available for download on Steam
  • Best Enterprise Project: The Vault for Neumont University developed by BSWD Students Rachel Strasdin and Emerson Roberts 
  • Runner-up Enterprise Project: Amazon Echo with IGT developed by students Scott Fries, Edward Latina, Adam Nogowski, and Vincent Malmrose
  • Best Capstone Project: NU Code by Tyler Berry. Learn more at code.neumont.edu
  • Runner-up Capstone Project: DA.I. Trader by Jacob Ouellete
  • Best Gaming Project: Working Title by Joshua Kauer, Morgan McClure, and Thadius Novak
  • Runner-up Gaming Project:  Rogue Bot by Denver Boyer, Shawn McCuistion, and Joshua Stephens

Is early admission right for you?

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Each year at Neumont University, we offer prospective students three separate deadlines by which to apply for admission.

  • The Early Admission Deadline is typically in late October or early November.
  • It's followed by the General Admission Deadline in late January.
  • Finally the Late Admission Deadline is typically in late March.
  • Read more about our deadlines and criteria for admission, here

Today, let's focus on the Early Admission Deadline that is coming up on Monday, October 24, 2016. This deadline is nearly a full calendar year before any applicants will begin classes on our campus. So why is the deadline so early? Spreading out the deadlines helps us evaluate each candidate individually for admission, and it helps us award merit scholarships. 

Wait, scholarships? Yeah, let's talk about scholarships. At Neumont, scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. So if you apply by the Early Admission Deadline this coming Monday, it's more likely you'll be awarded a merit scholarship than if you wait until the Late Admission Deadline. Keep in mind, no separate scholarship application is needed. Every applicant is evaluated for merit scholarships based on academic achievement.

Now, let's say you think your ACT and/or SAT scores are not a true measure of your success, or you haven't even taken them yet! Either way, it's still in your best interest to complete your application for Early Admission, and then submit your (new) scores as soon as they become available for an immediate reevaluation for scholarship eligibility. 

Furthermore, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has also changed this year, so you can file now for 2017-2018 aid using your parents 2015 tax information at www.fafsa.gov. So this year, we're offering priority financial aid processing to accepted students who complete an Enrollment Agreement, submit a Financial Aid Application, and submit a FAFSA early. Accepted students who complete these steps will receive an Award Letter Estimate (a guide to costs and funding for the first academic year at Neumont) on or before March 1. 

Applying early means you could know exactly where you're going to college and how much it will cost BEFORE the Late Admission Deadline even arrives. So if you want the best chance at scholarships and you want to be fully prepared for the first day of class, then completing your application now is the best choice. 

*Employment and salary statistics are calculated using data from the 2012-2015 Neumont University graduates. Neumont verifies employment and first-year compensation by employers in writing. Neumont does not guarantee employment or first-year compensation for future graduates.

*Employment and salary statistics are calculated using data from the 2012-2015 Neumont University graduates. Neumont verifies employment and first-year compensation by employers in writing. Neumont does not guarantee employment or first-year compensation for future graduates.

Don't miss your launch date! Apply now at www.neumont.edu/apply

All About Technology

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At Neumont University, we're all about technology, and our highly engineered degree programs prove it. Our curriculum combines classroom and lab work with a collaborative learning process to guide students through hands-on projects from Introduction to Computer Science through Enterprise Projects. 

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)

Every student at Neumont starts in the computer science program for their first three quarters a.k.a. freshmen year. In this software engineering program, you develop software using integrated environments and modern languages that balances skills with theory. You'll study computational theory, object-oriented programming, and algorithms, while mastering core competencies in Java, .NET, open source, and more. The BSCS program focuses on the complete project life cycle and in-demand technologies. 

If your highly technical and can tackle the logic and advanced math needed to design, architect, and create digital works of beauty, then this is the program for you.

Graduates from the BSCS program will likely work in jobs like those listed below.

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • IT Consultant
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Front-end Developer
  • Database Architect

Bachelor of Science in Software and Game Development (BSGD)

In their fourth quarter, students declare their major. Students looking to graduate with a degree in software and game development join the BSGD program. This is where you'll learn all aspects of game development for PCs and handhelds, including programming, AI, and project management. You'll also take courses to give you the skills to work in the software development industry--not just the hyper-competitive game industry. With courses in Java, .NET, C#, and more, you'll be prepared to tackle any software challenge. If you want the option to work in either game or software development, this is the program for you. 

If you are a game enthusiast with the intellectual RAM and creativity to master everything from story boarding to particle engines to building life-like enemies, this program may be right for you. You'll need a creative edge and an aptitude for physics and math to succeed. 

You could work in tech in the following roles.

  • AI Programmer
  • Interactive Devloper
  • Game Developer
  • Simulations Programmer
  • Software Developer
A student presents a game he developed at Neumont University's Capstone Project Invitational.

A student presents a game he developed at Neumont University's Capstone Project Invitational.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (BSIS)

In the BSIS program, you'll learn how to design, build, and maintain complex computing systems and networks at the enterprise level. With an emphasis on network engineering, virtualization technology, server technology, and systems integration and security, this program is focused on the administration of IT systems using a variety of technologies and operating systems. You'll learn about the integration of mobile devices, cloud-based technologies, e-commerce systems, and the importance of meeting budget and performance goals.

This degree is for the geek who's interested in managing and integrating a complex web of networks, devices, and technologies. If you're the go-to tech troubleshooter and you need to know exactly how stuff works, then the BSIS program is right for you. 

An IS degree helps our graduates land careers as

  • Dev Ops Administrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Security Consultant
  • Network Engineer
  • Server Administrator

Bachelor of Science in Business Technology Operations Management (BSTM)

The BSTM program is an IT management degree designed to hit the sweet spot between information technology and business analysis. You'll develop a thorough grounding in IT and a solid understanding of the priniples of systems analysis, project management, business modeling, and group dynamics,, while taking courses in programming, business systems, and quality assurance. You'll learn how to manage technical projects and bridge the gap between a highly technical team of IT developers and a skilled team of business developers. 

If you want to immerse yourself in tech, but don't want to code 24/7, then the BSTM degree may be right for you. It's for the alpha geek who enjoys the challenges of managing a diverse team to deliver a technical project on time. 

You may find yourself working in the following jobs

  • Business Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Project manager
  • IT Director
  • CIO
BSTM Program Chair Jerry Pay welcomes Cohort 31 to the degree. 

BSTM Program Chair Jerry Pay welcomes Cohort 31 to the degree. 

Bachelor of Science in Web Design and Development (BSWD)

In the hybrid program of BSWD, you'll learn the science of web development and the art of web design. It's a software development degree that allows you to build the back-end architecture while also design the user interface. Through laps and hands-on projects, you'll learn how to design user experiences and develop the correct web development to make everything run smoothly. You'll also gain a solid knowledge of website architecture and learn to code in many technologies like JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, SQL, and more. 

The BSWD degree is ideal for the web developer who wants to design and build engaging and interactive experiences. This is a program with substance. You'll design web-based solutions that engage users while exploring the science of interactive structure, full-stack development, and emerging philosophies in this growing and changing medium. 

Careers for graduates with this degree may include

  • Full-stack Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Application Architect
  • UX Designer
  • UX Developer
  • Front-end Developer
A BSWD student presents her website at Project Showcase. 

A BSWD student presents her website at Project Showcase. 

Our five Bachelor of Science degrees unite business, technology, and creativity to educate the innovators of tomorrow. Learn more about each of our degree programs, here

Take the first step towards earning your degree in technology, and apply now

The Class of 2019 Specs

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Neumont University's newest cohort has officially started classes. Let's take a look at how the freshmen stack up. The Class of 2019 represent 42 out of the 50 states from across the nation. Students are mostly from Utah (16%), California (8%), and Texas (8%).

This year, we welcomed a group that is 13% women and 87% men. The average age for a typical freshmen is 19.

A whopping 93% of freshmen received Neumont scholarships or grants which averaged $22,797 total.

In terms of academics, this year's freshman class had an average high school GPA of 3.15, an average ACT score of 25, or an average combined math and reading SAT score of 1090.

Finally, nearly two-thirds of the class (61%) plan to major in software and game development. 

Good luck, Neumont19!

Neumont University's Day of Service

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To cap off a successful Freshman Orientation Week, the Class of 2019 was encouraged to participate in three volunteer activities. Students could help out at the annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival at the Salt Lake City Public Library, assist The Kidnected World with updating laptops for refugees to learn computer science, or volunteer at the Downtown Farmers Market to help reduce waste. 

Students who volunteered at The Kidnected World helped prep donated laptops and computers for The Wonderment--a project dedicated to providing technology to kids around the globe and helping them connect with one other. Students put their tech know-how to use re-imaging laptops in addition to packing care packages and helping out with other tasks at the non-profit. 

Meanwhile at the Tumbleweeds Film Festival, students helped manage the Clubhouse where kids and their families explored robots, technology, and computer science. As for those who woke up early enough to help out at the Downtown Farmers Market, they were committed to educating the public on how to waste less through sustainable practices. 

Thank you students for helping your new community!