University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is an intimate technology University focused on educating students in advancing technology who desire to innovate for our future.
UAT is the technophile's college experience—a community uniquely suited to provide students passionate about technology an ideal place to live and grow. UAT is an elite, private University that merges the values of the traditional academy with the modern technology campus, a fusion that enhances our ability to fulfill the mission of educating students in the fields of advancing technology who innovate for our future.
Learning at UAT extends from our students, staff and faculty to the institution itself. UAT's dedication to learning is reflected in our efforts to create and develop new ways of learning that focus on the personal mission and vision of every member of the UAT community.
UAT strives to foster knowledge creation and achieve academic excellence. We are at the forefront of developing academic programs that focus on expanding new and rising technology, and tend to be unique among academia or emerge years ahead of other schools, such as Digital Arts, Creation & Simulation, Software Engineering, Cyber Security and Business & Innovation majors, as well as our established Game Studies majors that merged artistic and programming aspects long before other colleges chose that focus for themselves.
This technology University has the status of being among a select few 100 percent STEM-based universities in the nation. Our advancing technology degree programs are a benchmark of success within academia.
UAT is an ideal environment for technology students who value uniqueness and the power of advancing technology as well as the rigors of a traditional education. This fusion of the traditional academy with the technology-focused curricula creates a distinct, non-exclusionary University in which students learn to value their own uniqueness and the power of technology in education.
At the heart of UAT's curricula is our technology-infused campus in Tempe, Arizona. Our urban campus is a technology nexus; a collection of technophiles, geeks and mavens of the digital world that evolve into top technology executives, master programmers, cyber warriors, forensic sleuths, robotic engineers, interactive filmmakers and game innovators.
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To educate students in advancing technology who innovate for our future.
UAT leads higher education by re-imagining the future of learning, intellectual property and talent cultivation to accelerate Arizona and national tech-entrepreneurship.
University of Advancing Technology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
University of Advancing Technology (UAT) pursues to offer online classes (distance education) in every state while abiding to regulatory and governing standards. UAT works through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process to confirm that when authorization or licensure is necessary, proper approvals are secured.
The state of Arizona is a member of SARA, and UAT is an approved SARA institution. This means UAT has reciprocity approval for distance education with other SARA approved states. This membership makes it possible for students to take online courses in other states. Students can rest assured their college meets SARA requirements for distance education.
Distance Education students may submit non-instructional complaints to the Arizona SARA Council after the institution's internal and the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education's Grievance Processes have been completed. Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations may not be appealed to the AZ SARA Council. Complaints must be submitted within two years of the incident. Please refer to the Student Catalog under 'General Grievances' for full details on how to submit complaints. The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education’s grievance process can be found here: https://ppse.az.gov/resources/complaint-forms. The AZ SARA complaint process can be found here: https://azsara.arizona.edu/complaints.
SARA is overseen by the National Council (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional education compacts. Arizona’s regional compact is the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE).
For more information about the NC-SARA or approved Arizona institutions, please visit http://www.nc-sara.org/.
The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.
You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.
It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370- 7589.
To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:
To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.
A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.
However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.
The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education's complaint process can be found here: https://ppse.az.gov/complaint.
UAT offices are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MST), and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST).
*Based on Fall 2023 data. Average class size represents on-ground courses only, as class size is less relevant for online and virtual courses. Class size is calculated by dividing the census at the noted start by the number of active class sections supporting that population. Faculty to student ratio is calculated using the same census number divided by the number of actively teaching faculty at the same point in time.
**Each semester retention is finalized within three weeks of the semester end date. The Fall 2022 retention statistics were calculated based on overall retention (average of all modalities) for the semester ending December 18, 2022. The overall retention was calculated on January 16, 2023. Retention data displayed is based on a student’s persistence from one semester to the next. The formula used to determine semester persistence is the approved Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education retention rate calculation. The starting population are all students expected to persist into that semester including: actively attending students, students on a leave of absence and graduating students whose graduation are not processed before the first day of the semester. To this, new enrollments for the semester are added to obtain the total semester enrollment. Withdrawals during that semester are subtracted from the period enrollment. The new total period enrollment is divided by the initial total period enrollment to calculate the retention percentage. The formula is written as followed: (Total Period Enrollment – Withdrawals)/Total Period Enrollment = Retention Rate. The calculation date for Total Period Enrollment is the day prior to the start of the following semester. For the Fall 2022 semester beginning on September 6, 2022, the Total Period Enrollment was finalized on January 8, 2023. The undergraduate retention rate includes all on-campus and online students. Applying this same calculation and points-in-time to the Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 semester retention calculations, the following is true: The Spring 2022 retention statistics were calculated based on overall retention for the semester ending May 1, 2022, the overall retention was calculated on May 23, 2022. For the Spring 2022 semester beginning on January 10, 2022, the Total Period Enrollment was finalized on May 8, 2022. The Summer 2022 retention statistics were calculated based on overall retention for the semester ending August 21, 2022, the overall retention was calculated on September 26, 2022. For the Summer 2022 semester beginning on May 9, 2022, the Total Period Enrollment was finalized on September 5, 2022.