Student Affairs

Meeting Worldwide Need for Strong Leaders and Engaged Citizens

Earning a college degree is only part of a student’s success story. As former President William P. Miller said, “A college education should not only assist individuals to make a living; it should assist these individuals to make a life.”

The Division of Student Affairs enhances the lives of every student at Weber State University:
  • We help pre-college students gain access to higher education.
  • We keep our students engaged and encourage them to develop leadership skills.
  • We guide them into graduate programs and promising careers.

Whether a student is the first in her family to attend college or comes from a long line of Wildcat alumni; whether he lives in a gated community or low-income housing; whether she is a high school honor student or a dropout looking for a second chance — Student Affairs can help any individual make the most of his or her Weber State experience.

We help students stay healthy, have fun and build lifelong friendships through top-notch campus recreation and residence life programs and facilities.

We offer academic services such as tutoring, peer mentoring, testing assistance and accommodations for students with disabilities. We provide counseling, health services, career services and wellness programs.

We create opportunities for leadership, hands-on learning, personal growth and service through the Shepherd Union, the Center for Community Engaged Learning, the Center for Diversity & Unity, the Women’s Center and Student Involvement & Leadership.

We meet the needs of nontraditional students, international students, multicultural students, women and veterans.

Our track record is impressive:

  • During the past five years, we’ve helped 2,000 high school seniors throughout Northern Utah attain $1 million in college scholarships.
  • In 2012–13, WSU students performed the equivalent of $2.7 million of community service.
  • Since 2007, Weber State’s name has appeared on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
  • We’ve been awarded the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.
  • We sponsor more than 200 clubs and activities that run the gamut of student interests.

And we dream of doing so much more.

Through the years, Student Affairs has worked to ensure that in addition to being a scholar, each Weber State graduate is also a confident leader and active citizen.

What We Can Accomplish Together

Student Affairs programs and services can break down most obstacles that come between students and their dreams. We also make coming to Weber enjoyable, rewarding and relevant. But every day we challenge ourselves, asking, “How can we touch even more lives?”

That’s why we’re launching this comprehensive campaign, inviting alumni and friends to invest in our efforts to expand our reach and intensify our impact.

Provide Opportunity

Scholarships and Services

The Division of Student Affairs serves a unique student body:

  • 45 percent of our students are married (national average: 15 percent).
  • 31 percent of our students have children (national average: 11 percent).

Nontraditional student support is critical. With your help, we can expand childcare and fund scholarships that allow deserving students from all walks of life to attend WSU.

Student Leadership Development and Employment

WSU students build leadership skills and experience the power of civic engagement in our Emerging Leaders program, Alternative Breaks program or the American Democracy Project. Student coaches in our peer-mentoring program gain self-confidence while serving fellow students.

Establishing a Student Affairs Leadership Endowment will allow us to continue these opportunities. You can also help students who must work their way through college find jobs on campus by donating to our Student Employment Program.

Education Access and Outreach

The Nguyen family came to Utah from Vietnam in search of a better life. While both parents worked for minimum wage, their three children participated in pre-college outreach programs.

Thanks to Upward Bound, each sibling overcame language, cultural and financial barriers to become stellar students at Weber State. One is an elementary school teacher; another attends medical school.

Your support of Dream 125 will allow us to help more low-income or minority students gain access to higher education. In addition to Upward Bound, our Summer Summit Leadership Institute, Multicultural Youth Conference and Student to Student education access and outreach programs prepare at-risk, college-capable students via tutoring and mentoring.

Advance Knowledge

Financial Literacy Program

This innovative program empowers students with money management skills they will use the rest of their lives.

Career Center Naming Opportunity

Today, he’s a successful investment banker in Houston, but in 1987, Scott Baxter was a Weber State student body officer and business major preparing to graduate. He credits our Career Center for giving him the interview and speaking skills he needed to get into graduate school.

The Career Center is often the final stop in a student’s educational journey. Naming this space will give us additional funds to provide state-of-the-art tools and services that will give our graduates a competitive edge.

Center for Community Engaged Learning Naming Opportunity

Students learn best when given a chance to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting. Our local community benefits when faculty and students collaborate with community partners to address pressing issues. By providing funds to name our Center for Community Engaged Learning, you will move Weber State University much closer to our dream of becoming the national model for service learning and democratic engagement.

Healthy Lifestyles

Programs and places that bolster a student’s mental, physical and social well-being also enhance academic performance. Our sports clubs, intramural programs and recreational opportunities build character and competency.

We plan to use funds raised during Dream 125 to promote more academic and social activities for students. We will also increase our efforts to accommodate students with disabilities and counsel those facing severe emotional challenges.

Enhance Campus

Facility and Equipment Upgrades

Today’s learning environments require world-class facilities with sophisticated electronic equipment. The Division of Student Affairs stewards hundreds of thousands of square feet of buildings and spaces that serve campus and community — from residence halls and recreational facilities to testing centers and computer labs.

The cost of maintaining and upgrading these facilities to meet the demands of our growing student body is staggering. With your help, we can provide the modern tools our bright, tech-savvy students deserve, but our tight budgets don’t always allow.