Weber State University recently celebrated five commendations from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accreditation evaluation committee following the committee’s visit to campus. In addition, the university received no official recommendations, defined as areas of improvement — a rare occurrence in accreditation reviews.

WSU was recently named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 “Cheapest Public Schools for In-State Students” in America. In addition, PayScale, a salary comparison website, recognized Weber State as the No. 1 public institution in Utah for return on investment in 2014.

The following are also points of pride for WSU:

  • In 2014, Weber State announced the expansion of its Dream Weber program, offering free tuition and fees to eligible students with household incomes of $40,000 or less.
  • WSU is home to the National Undergraduate Literature Conference, the only undergraduate literature conference in the nation, and the Storytelling Festival, an annual event that welcomes national storytellers and offers a venue for local school children to express themselves.
  • In fall 2014, two WSU professors combined history and microbiology to create the university’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Microbes Rule the World: Effects of Disease on History.”
  • For three consecutive years, WSU has been named a Lead Institution by  NASPA, the leading voice for the student affairs profession and has participated in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement.
  • In 2014, WSU hosted the National Debate Coaches Association Championship and became the permanent home of an annual debate institute that provides quality summer camp instruction for high school students.
  • In fall 2014, WSU became the only university in the U.S. to educate dental hygiene students in head and neck 3-D imaging, allowing them to provide greater detail for dental-implant planning and facial reconstruction.
  • Thanks to WSU’s Hall Global Leadership Program, a new entrepreneurship minor has been opened to all majors. In its first year, $14,000 in seed/startup capital funds were awarded to students in order to launch their businesses.
  • Since 1999, 10 WSU faculty members have been selected as Fulbright scholars.