|President||Edward H. Levine|
|Location||Salt Lake City, Utah
Neumont University is a for-profit university headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was founded in 2003 by Graham Doxey, Scott McKinley, and Marlow Einelund. The university focuses on applied computer science and its Salt Lake City campus is located in what has been labeled Utah's "Silicon Slopes."
Neumont University was founded in June 2002 as North Face Learning by Graham Doxey, Marlow Einelund, and Scott McKinley. North Face Learning was approved by the Department of Education in a letter dated March 19, 2003, to take operating control of Morrison University in Reno, NV and became Northface University. In a letter dated May 22, 2003, Northface University was approved by the ACICS to open a new branch in Utah and to offer a new program in Computer Science. Since October 2005, many other local and national companies such as EDS, ACS, Novell, Computer Associates, eBay, ExtendHealth, Medicity, Nike, and Oracle Corporation have joined with IBM and Microsoft in sponsoring Enterprise Projects that facilitate learning in a real-world project focused environment.
The first campus was opened to students in Salt Lake City in January 2004. Later that year, Neumont University relocated to a 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) campus (located across two floors of the River Front Corporate Center) in a modern structure built of glass, steel, and granite, against the west bank of the Jordan River along Utah's Jordan River Parkway. The campus features high-tech lecture halls, project rooms, a digital design lab, library, student commons, and a wireless internet network across the entire campus reputed to be the densest wireless network in the Rocky Mountain region.
The ACICS approved a name change on July 22, 2005 by letter. Northface University changed its name to Neumont University after concerns about confusion with The North Face, the clothing manufacturer.
From July through September 2007, Neumont briefly expanded to Virginia for one academic quarter in a temporary space while construction was slated to begin on its custom Virginia campus. The campus encountered zoning problems; as a result, the students were relocated to the South Jordan campus, and the Northern Virginia campus was closed.
Graham Doxey stepped down as Neumont president in 2007, replaced by Edward H. Levine. Under President Levine's management the school introduced the Business technology program in 2009, and expanded its curriculum to encompass courses in electronic media and entertainment, including courses in game design and development. Two years later, Neumont received approval to begin offering undergraduate degrees in Software and Game Development, and Web Design and Development.
In August 2012, Neumont University announced plans to relocate its academic facilities and student housing to 143 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, an 11-story art deco building which formerly housed The Salt Lake Tribune. The University officially relocated to its downtown Salt Lake City location in June of 2013, with the first new cohort of students beginning classes in October.
Neumont's degree programs focus on "the digital sciences:" an applied four-year Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management, Bachelor of Science in Software and Game Development, a Bachelor of Science in Web Design and Development, and a Master of Science in Computer Science (MCSC) degree. These degrees are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Most students complete these undergraduate programs in two and one-half years or a master's degree degree in a one- or two-year format. Neumont's Game Development program can be completed in three years and is a hybrid program focusing on principles of software development for the gaming industry.
In a 2009 Los Angeles Times article, Neumont was referenced as "Geek Heaven" with clubs, social life, and student orders that revolve around the Geeky: "So in addition to the intricacies of computer science, Neumont is trying to teach its students how to get along better in the real world. Administrators forced them to close their laptops in class, established social clubs and required them to take courses in interpersonal communications and public speaking ... The orders still tend toward the geeky. There's Game Shark Order, for students who like video games, and Beyond the Screen, for those who enjoy tabletop games such as Dungeons & Dragons."
Neumont claims high success rates in student placement (90% and over), which the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools has verified.
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