Snow College

Coordinates: 39°21′40″N 111°34′59″W / 39.36111°N 111.58306°W / 39.36111; -111.58306
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Snow College
Former names
Sanpete Stake Academy (1888–1900)
Snow Academy (1900–1917)
Snow Normal College (1917–1922)
Snow Junior College (1922)
TypePublic community college
Established1888; 136 years ago (1888)
Parent institution
Utah System of Higher Education
PresidentStacee Yardley McIff
Academic staff
115 faculty and 144 staff

39°21′40″N 111°34′59″W / 39.36111°N 111.58306°W / 39.36111; -111.58306
CampusRural, 82 acres (33 ha)
ColorsBlue, white, and orange
Scenic West Athletic Conference

Snow College is a public community college in Ephraim, Utah. It offers certificates and associate degrees along with bachelor's degrees in music, software engineering, and nursing. Snow College is part of the Utah System of Higher Education.


Founded in 1888 by local citizens as Sanpete Stake Academy, the school was later renamed Snow Academy to honor Lorenzo Snow and Erastus Snow, distant cousins who were leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The initial school was built entirely with local donations, including "Sunday Eggs" (the proceeds from the sales of all eggs laid on Sunday).[2] It is one of the oldest junior colleges west of the Mississippi. In 1917, the academy era ended and the school became Snow Normal College. In 1922, officials renamed the school Snow Junior College only to change it one year later to Snow College.[3] The college was transferred from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the state of Utah in 1931.[4]

In addition to the main 82-acre (33 ha) Ephraim campus, Snow College maintains the 56-acre (23 ha) Snow College Richfield Campus in Richfield, Utah.

The Utah State Board of Regents granted permission in 2016 for Snow College to offer a bachelor's degree in software engineering. Snow College, as of 2018–2019, offers bachelor's degrees in commercial music and software engineering.[5]


The college offers associate degrees and certificates. It also offers bachelor's degrees in software engineering and commercial music.

The Horne School of Music has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1997 and is also an All Steinway School. Snow hosts a number of music camps held annually.[6] In 2012, the Horne School of Music began offering the first baccalaureate program in the history of the college, a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music.

The theatre arts program at Snow College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and is affiliated with the Juilliard Drama Division. It regularly produces five major productions each year as well as a student produced season of Black Box productions and a summer program featuring instructors from the Juilliard Drama Division.


Snow College athletic teams, known as the Badgers, are consistently highly ranked; its football team went undefeated and won the National Junior College Championship in 1985, with the team inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2010,[7] and finished #2 in 2006. Along with football, Snow College participates in women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's wrestling, softball, and rodeo.

Notable alumni[edit]

The Noyes Building

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "News at Snow". Snow College. Retrieved 22 October 2022.
  2. ^ "Presidents' Historical Highlights". Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  3. ^ "About Snow". Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  4. ^ Saga of the Sanpitch, Vol 14, 1982, p. 32
  5. ^ "Degrees & Programs".
  6. ^ Snow College Horne School of Music
  7. ^ Snow Inducted into Football Hall of Fame
  8. ^ "Josh Heupel Named Tennessee's 27th Head Football Coach". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved June 29, 2022.

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