University Of Advancing Technology At A Glance

University Of Advancing Technology At A Glance


Top Technology College At A Glance

The Focus Of A Technology University

UAT is an intimate, private technology University focused on educating students in advancing technology who desire to innovate for our future. Our technology infused, urban campus in Tempe, Ariz., is a technology nexus; a collection of technophiles, tech 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 for entertainment and government animation applications.

UAT’s academic majors focus on expanding, new and rising technology such as the Advancing Computer Science degree, Cyber Security degree, Digital Maker and Fabrication degree and Robotics and Embedded Systems degree. This technology College has the status of being among a select few 100 percent STEM-based universities in the nation. Our unrivaled computer science degree programs are a benchmark of success within academia. is an ideal environment for technology degree students who value uniqueness and the power of advancing technology as well as the rigors of a traditional education.




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The UAT campus is a technophile's playground. Hands-on experience with the latest software, constantly upgraded hardware, and the most brilliant minds passionately deployed to lead ensure that students attending the technology college have what they need to learn to innovate the future of technology. Changing the world through technology is inherent in UAT's mission. Our unique technology-infused campus facilities have been designed to enhance collaborative learning. Advancing Technology students, staff and faculty learn, experience and innovate together in a team environment.

UAT deploys enough workstations for local system usage for all users, one-third of which are new each year. We house additional, specialty workstations for specific uses such as Xbox development workstations, PlayStation 3 TOOL development workstations and two Microsoft Surface development stations for testing and implementation. Technology college students have access to the latest tools used in the industry to develop, test and build projects, including the brainwave-controlled Emotiv Headset, a 3D scanner, laser cutter and a 3D printer that copies and builds three dimensional models.

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UAT offers 20 undergraduate technology degrees and five graduate degrees in advancing technology disciplines—Artificial Life Programming degree, Game Design degree, Robotics and Embedded Systems degree, Digital Video degree, Advancing Computer Science degree and Cyber Security degree.

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UAT is once again leading other colleges with Synchronic Learning and its unique approach to teaching advancing technology.

The approach is an integration of successful content delivery methods designed for the next generation of learners, a year-round learning environment that continuously engages technology degree students and a tiered curriculum approach intended to develop the independent thinkers, leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

Explore the concepts and elements that comprise UAT's unique educational methodology.

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Activities and Student Organizations

Activities and Student Organizations are diverse and students have the ability to start any club. A total of 30-plus clubs and organizations include Anime & Manga Club, Social Gaming Club, Fencing Club, Nerf Warz, KJ Dance, Improv Club and more.

On-campus events are constant and serve the purposes of mixing the technology degree student population and influencing cross subject collaboration and lifelong friendships. Some of the more interesting: Academic Palooza, AVNET Tech Games, LAN parties, Geek Week, Live Action Games, Oktoberfest, Guitar Hero Tournaments and major industry conference trips that always seem to be the tech-passionate students’ version of spring break. At UAT, the students Go G33k, NOT Greek!

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Our highly sought-after alumni are currently employed at such leading technology organizations as Google, Microsoft, the National Security Administration (NSA), Department of Defense ( DOD), NASDAQ, LexisNexis, Electronic Arts (EA), Nickelodeon, Intel, Motorola, General Dynamics C4Systems and the list goes on.

All UAT alumni have the unique opportunity to stay current in their industries and audit classes FOREVER. Alumni are responsible for any required resources and materials. Only classes on the current schedule with free spaces are available. College credits are not earned in audited classes.
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UAT is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

UAT also holds the following accreditations, authorizations and approvals:

State Authorization

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. Please refer to the Student Catalog under 'General Grievances' for full details on how to submit complaints. The AZ SARA complaint process can be found here:

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

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:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

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.

Did You Know?

Founder's Hall

At 50,000 square feet with 260 beds and three stories, Founder's Hall holds a lot of amenities. It's certainly still a dorm. After all, most parents aren't very interested in funding luxury living for their technology college student. But for a dorm, the rooms are spacious and well equipped. Shared common spaces are numerous and offer plenty of room for technology degree students to congregate and socialize in hang out areas, a game room, movie room, work out room, five think-tank conference rooms, and a kitchen.

We take safety very seriously. All residence spaces require key card access, with video cameras in every hallway and shared space that is monitored 24/7 by Campus Security.

Resident Assistants (RAs) and a Resident Director help to manage the dorm; but more importantly, they provide support to students living in this learning, living Residence Life Community that fosters connection and development. Founder's Hall staff members routinely conduct numerous Campus/Residence Life activities and events designed to enrich and broaden each student’s technology college experience.

All first-year students are required to live in the Residence Life Community. There are limited exceptions to this policy.

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Game Developers Conference (GDC)

Every year UAT sponsors a student team to attend the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, CA, to debut their student project and network with industry leading experts.

Studying Abroad

A member of the Cumulus Association—the only global association to serve art and design education and research—UAT had created exchange partnerships with several universities including the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany and De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.

48-Hour Film Challenge

UAT Digital Video degree students participate in this challenge sponsored by the Independent Feature Project: Phoenix. The goal of the challenge is create a three minute film based off a given genre, prop and line.

Participants work together to develop a script, choose a location, pick actors, film and edit all in 48 hours.