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

 

A Change of Pace

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Dani Meyer knew Neumont University was the right college when she visited campus during Freshman Experience in 2015. The small classrooms and computer science focus put her at ease that transferring from the University of Wisconsin was the right choice for her career. 

After taking Databases in her first year at Neumont, she was inspired to tackle the challenges of software development and declared her major in computer science. She says, "With databases, I want to find out the solutions of these problems, and I want to find a better way of doing things."

When it comes to finding solutions, Dani is willing to put in the work required. She manages to consistently make the Dean's List and stays busy on campus as a Resident Advisor and Student Ambassador. Roles in which she helps future and current students navigate life at Neumont. A life that can sometimes be difficult, especially for a woman looking to make it in an industry with a shortage of women working in the field. Dani says, "It's a fun thing to try and excel in your program and show that you can be an innovator just like anybody else."

Watch the video above to hear Dani share her story of why she chose Neumont. 

Can't wait to join the Neumont community? Submit your Application for Admission by Monday, March 27 and automatically be considered for merit-based financial aid. 

I Chose Neumont

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Neumont is a big choice with even bigger results. And we want to highlight the individuals who choose to join the Neumont community. The students, alumni, staff, faculty, and parents who make up our small community both online and in-person. We know choosing the right college can be daunting, but every year we're honored with new students and their families who choose us. 

We've heard some amazing stories, like Communications Instructor Jeremiah Harrison who's father pushed him to finish his master's degree. And now he teaches our students here helping them to change their lives and create a better future. 

And Computer Science Instructor Josh Krebs who graduated from Neumont, worked in the tech industry, and returned to the college to teach because he helping students learn and grow is one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. 

We also heard from Interim Computer Science Instruct Matt Warner who came to Neumont five years ago after more than 10 years in the industry. He says, "I see the classroom as a conversation between myself and whoever else is in the classroom. Education is a path that we walk together." He enjoys helping students understand technology and seeing them use their knowledge, skills, and experience to transform their lives. 

We've been delighted, humbled, awed, and amused by the stories coming in across social media as students, alumni, and parents share why they chose Neumont. We hope to continue to see your stories online and hear them in person. Thank you for being a part of what makes the Neumont community a special place. 

What are Enterprise Projects about?

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One of the secrets to the success of Neumont University graduates in the tech industry is our Enterprise Project program. At Neumont, students don't do internships. They don't provide enough of the hands-on experience required to launch a successful career in technology. And we want every student to graduate into an exciting and fulfilling career.

So we examined traditional education and found that by working with tech companies we could improve our curriculum and provide students with the hands-on experience they need. We've done this by creating Enterprise Projects. 

A team of Neumont University students completed an Enterprise Project with 1-800 Contacts. During the course of the project, students learned how to adapt Applitools and Selenium to 1-800 Contacts websites providing automated QA across browsers and devices.

An Enterprise Project is when a small team of students joins a company like IBM, eBAY, Nike, Pluralsight, Workfront, Oracle, 1-800 Contacts, Wobbl3 Entertainment, Willis Towers Watson, and more. The student team then works with a Neumont instructor and a company manager to create software development solutions over the course of a 10-week quarter. 

During their senior year, Emerson Shaffer and Jacob Meyers completed an Enterprise Project with the team at Wobbl3 Entertainment, an indie game dev studio in Salt Lake City, to bring the game DubWars to PC. The game is now available on Steam.

Of the more than 418 projects Neumont students have completed with more than 94 companies across the US, we've seen projects like automated QA testing, video game development, mobile app development, data visualization tools, and more.  

Some students will complete an Enterprise Project with the same company for up to three quarters. Other students will move to different companies. All students are required to fulfill a variety of roles throughout their senior year on each project. Each student spends up to 20 hours a week on an Enterprise Project to complete the credits required for graduation. 

With experience like this, it's no wonder 77% of Neumont graduates accept a job offer before they graduate.* They have the skills and experience needed to push technology forward for companies in all industries. 

If you would like to attend Neumont this fall, submit your application at www.neumont.edu/apply

If you are a company looking to hire Neumont students or would like to complete an Enterprise Project with us, please contact Director of University Relations Teresa Zundel at 801-302-2807 at tzundel@neumont.edu

*Employment statistic is calculated using data from the 2013-2015 Neumont University graduates. Neumont verifies employment and date of employment offer by employers in writing. Neumont does not guarantee employment for future graduates.

Utah STEM Expo

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Students and faculty braved a snow storm to attend the fourth annual Utah STEM Expo at the South Towne Expo Center on Saturday, January 21. 

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Current students including Thadius Novak and Kyle Kacperzynski showed off some of their recent projects to help middle and high school students understand what they can do with a bachelor's degree in computer science. 

Software development gives coders the know-how and tools to create whatever they can think of from video games to automated musical compositions to websites that teach math. The four seniors also shared what their experiences at Neumont University have been like with interested students. 

If you would like to request more information from Neumont, go here. And if you would like to start classes at Neumont this fall, apply now

Neumont University Congratulates 2017 Capstone Project Invitational Winners Tyler Berry and Kyle Kacprzynski

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Neumont University, a university offering bachelor’s degrees in computer science and related fields, congratulates Tyler Berry and Kyle Kacprzynski as the winners of the university’s Capstone Project Invitational held on Friday, January 13 at the Salt Lake City Public Library in downtown. The two winners were chosen from five finalists out of more than 40 projects. 

The Industry Award went to Kyle Kacprzynski (Cleveland, Ohio) who created “Mydi MIDI”— a live sheet music composer application that can utilize a computer keyboard and speakers or a USB-enabled MIDI keyboard. Kacprzynski will graduate from Neumont this spring with a bachelor’s degree in web design and development.

Tyler Berry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took home the Alumni Choice Award for “NU Code”— a competitive coding challenge website (think “Code Wars”) which compiles and executes code remotely. Berry will graduate from Neumont in March 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He plans to start his tech career as a software engineer at Google in September. 

“Capstone is a senior project on steroids,” said Dr. Aaron Reed, chief operating and academic officer, “and perhaps the most intense and rewarding individual component of Neumont’s curriculum.”

In capstone projects, students imagine and develop a project from the ground up in 10 weeks on their own. By completing their capstone project, students prove they are ready to begin the pinnacle of Neumont’s project-based experience: Enterprise projects where teams of students work with industry-leading companies on enterprise-level projects. 

“Our Capstone Project Invitational is an opportunity to showcase the best-of-the-best of our students’ creative and problem-solving acumen,” President Shaun McAlmont explained. 

According to McAlmont, “This endeavor to create, build and fully execute at this level of competency is a fundamental piece of Neumont’s project-based learning curriculum and why Neumont graduates have the successful outcomes they do year after year.” He said referring to the 97 percent of Neumont graduates are employed in the field of computer science within six months of graduation with an average starting salary of $63,000.

Neumont offers Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and related disciplines in three years. Neumont was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003 to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering an accelerated degree that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum

2016 Holiday Message from the President of Neumont University

Shaun McAlmont

As 2016 winds to a close, there is a natural tendency to look back on the last year and the change that it has brought. For many of us, 2016 was an unusually difficult year with many changes and challenges. Neumont was no exception. Below are a few of the changes our institution went through in the last year.  

  • We graduated the largest class ever from Neumont in March. 
  • We hired new staff and faculty to fill open and new roles as long-time staff and faculty moved on to new chapters in their careers throughout the year. 
  • In July, we saw the start of an official Neumont Alumni Association to help our graduates continue to stay in touch with one another and connected to the university.
  • We applied to a new accreditor, prior to the U.S. Department of Education’s decision that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools could no longer accredit institutions of higher education. The process continues according to plan. 
  • We started the largest class of freshmen than ever at Neumont in September. 
  • We taught a couple classes online to help accommodate our growing student body this last quarter. 
  • And we hosted and participated in more events on our campus and in Salt Lake City throughout the year than ever before.

I am proud of Neumont’s community including staff, students, faculty, and alumni for rising to the challenges this last year presented and moving forward together as we continue our focus on offering an unparalleled computer science education. 

We look forward to a rewarding year in 2017. We wish you all a wonderful holiday and joyful new year. 

Shaun McAlmont
President
Neumont University

The Top Five Reasons To Attend Freshman Experience

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Each year, Neumont University hosts accepted students for the event of a lifetime. Freshman Experience a.k.a. FReX gives future students the opportunity to see our campus in person and determine if Neumont is right for them. And although there are many reasons to visit Nemont, below are the five we think are the most important.

1. See the campus and tour student housing. Did you know 85% of our students are from out-of-state? That means for many of our current students the first time they visited Utah was when they attended FReX at Neumont's campus. It's okay if FReX is your first visit to our campus. It will be for just about everyone there. You'll get to check out our high-tech campus and downtown Salt Lake City with a first-hand look at how this can be your new home away from home. 

2. Check out downtown Salt Lake City. Neumont's campus is smack dab in the middle of SLC. Our campus extends from our front doors to a city of art, cultural events, street fairs, farmers markets, shops, restaurants, parks, entertainment venues, and outdoor recreation. Plus, Utah's public transportation system can get you where you need to be. 

3. Get to know other future students. You'll likely meet your future roommates, classmates, and start lifelong friendships at FReX. During the weekend, you'll get to know other future students through fun activities like our all-things-game student social. 

4. Meet current students faculty and staff. You'll have a chance to get answers to all of your questions as you meet current students, faculty, and staff during FReX events. You and your parent(s)/guardian(s) will hear from key members of Neumont's staff and faculty during presentations. You'll also get to hang out with Student Ambassadors, current students who will serve as your guide to all things FReX for the weekend. 

5. See project-based learning in action. We talk about our unique curriculum for learning software development a lot. And you're probably wondering just what exactly we mean when we say, "hands-on, project-based learning." The best way to understand this approach is to see it in person. At our Project Showcase event, students will show you the websites, apps, robots, and more they've built over 10 weeks. 

Visit Neumont University to find out if we're right for you

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One of the best ways to find out if Neumont University is right for you is to visit our campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

That's why we hold events throughout the year that are open to the public. On Friday, January 13, 2017, you can see some of the best projects developed by students in the last year. Capstone Project Invitational is open to the public at the Salt Lake City Public Library. If you would also like to tour our campus, call 888-638-6668 to make an appointment with your Admissions Officer. 

Just  a few weeks later, on Friday, February 10, 2017, we'll also host applicants and their parents for a day of presentations, lunch, and tours. If you are considering attending Neumont in the fall, this event may be right for you. Get more details about what to expect and how to register here.

Of course, our biggest events of the year are Freshman Experience. FReX is an event for accepted students. Students in #neumont20 and their parents are encouraged to visit us either March 10-11 or April 14-15, 2017. The event starts with presentations, a lunch with students and faculty, highlights projects from current students, and ends with a legendary gaming night with future and current students. You can learn more about the event here. To be invited you must be an accepted student in the Class of 2020, so submit your Application for Admission by January 30, 2017 to find out whether or not you've been accepted. 

Visiting Neumont is your opportunity to ask questions, get to know current students, staff, and faculty, and to get a sense of life in Salt Lake City. We want every future student to feel confident in their decision to attend Neumont. Call 888-638-6668 or email admissions@neumont.edu to arrange your visit now. 

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.