Dixie State University is becoming Utah Tech University. Here’s what you need to know about the changes coming to this affordable, hand-on learning, polytechnic university.
This post is sponsored by Utah Tech University. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.
As a Utah native, I’ve visited St. George, UT, many times in my life. So when discussions started about changing the name from Dixie State University, I was interested in what the new name would be. I’m happy to say that the university’s new name–Utah Tech University–is a reflection of their mission, vision and overall goal. Not only is their name changing, but also their branding.
With any new change, there are going to be questions. Here is some information that I think you’ll find interesting and give you a better look into the “why’s” of the change from Dixie State University to Utah Tech University.
Why the name change from Dixie State University to Utah Tech University?
The new name more aptly fits the educational approach they have been implementing for years, meaning, their strong focus on active, hands-on learning and real world experience.
What is the mission of Utah Tech University?
Utah Tech University implements active learning within all academic disciplines. They offer a human-centered approach to problem solving which prepares students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Students learn through hands-on education and authentic industry experiences that cater to diverse abilities. You can learn more from this short video clip.
What does polytechnic mean?
Polytechnic refers to “an institution of higher education offering courses in many subjects, especially vocational or technical subjects.” Utah Tech University is one of only 32 polytechnic universities in the U.S.
How does a polytechnic college differ from other colleges and universities?
Colleges and universities offer courses on academic and theoretical topics, such as, math, English and history. Polytechnic colleges focus solely on applied skills training, such as, health sciences, business and computers.
Does the change to an official polytechnic school mean they only focus on technology based degrees?
No. Utah Tech will continue to offer degrees in the areas of humanity, arts, education, health science and STEM. They currently have 200+ programs to fit all the needs and interests of those who attend.
What is the symbolism in the new Utah Tech University logo?
A lot of thought went into the new logo! I was really impressed to see all the symbolism used through color and spacing.
- The #1 at the very front of the logo that forms part of the U demonstrates an unrelenting spirit.
- The negative space inside the first U creates the shape of Utah.
- UT at the beginning of the logo represents the acronym for both Utah and the Institution.
- Blue on the top half of the logo illustrates the stunning blue skies of Utah.
- Red portrays the beautiful red rocks so prominent in Southern Utah.
- The blue and red together show the contrast between the cooler temperatures in N. Utah and the warmer temperatures in S. Utah.
- The space between the red and blue symbolizes the horizon line.
Is the mascot changing or will they still be the Trailblazers?
No change here! Brooks the Bison will continue to be the mascot for the Utah Tech Trailblazers.
Let’s talk tuition. How does Utah Tech University compare with other polytechnic universities?
Utah Tech is one of the fastest growing, most affordable polytechnic universities in the US. Their tuition is actually the lowest of all 4-year state colleges, making it a great choice for anyone looking to pursue a degree with a high-level of hands-on learning.
When will the name change be official?
July 1, 2022 marks the official name change of the university. Until then, all sports teams, diplomas, etc will retain the DSU (Dixie State University) name and logo.
If you’re interested in learning more about Utah Tech University, visit their website for more information. You can also start purchasing Utah Tech campus gear, download screensavers and GIFs and even enter a coloring contest.
What do you think about the Utah Tech University name change?
I like the new name and branding!