Student Life


Summer financial aid application now available
Real food labels arrive on campus
Save the date: Campus Store Grad Fair March 30-April 1
Personalized graduation announcements
Student Media now accepting applications
Excellence in Global Education award
Migration of student email accounts to 0365 began Feb. 1


Students interested in utilizing financial aid for summer can apply today through the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. To apply, students must complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the summer application by May 24, 2017. Students interested in using work-study must apply by April 1, 2017. To download the form, visit and click the 2017 Summer Financial Aid Application link.


Noticed a little white sticker on your recent campus food purchase? If you have eaten at Mom’s Café and Mom’s Pantry at the Marriott Library, or at the Counsel Café in the S.J. Quinney College of Law, you may have purchased an item with one of these Real Food labels. The Real Food labels are round icons on a white background, about the size of a quarter. The labels indicate whether your food is humane, eco-friendly, local, and fair, the four criteria needed for an item to be considered “real food.” The University has taken the Real Food Challenge, a commitment to offering 20 percent real food on campus by 2020. These labels help campus reach our goal by promoting the purchase of real food. Learn more about the Real Food Challenge and look for food with these stickers across campus.

Implementation of the labels is supported by the Real Food Challenge, the Sustainability Office, Chartwells, the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund and the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Student Media at the University of Utah has two primary missions: First, to engage, provoke, inspire and connect campus by telling the compelling stories of the University of Utah community; and second, to provide a hands-on experiential learning environment in media where students can put into practice skills and ideas from the classroom.

The council oversees a student fee which helps support the Student Media department, and runs the Chronicle, K-UTE, Wasatch Magazine,, AdThing and other student driven media and journalism initiatives. By becoming a member of the Student Media Council, students and faculty can play an active role in helping administer this student fee. Student voices in particular are also vital in helping establish how Student Media grows and develops and best serves the campus community. The council is currently looking to fill three vacant student positions and one at-large faculty position.

Applications and more information can be found here.

Deadline is March 31, 2017, by 5 p.m.


The one-stop shop for all your graduation needs.

The Class of 2017 Grad Fair takes place March 30 through April 1 at the University Campus Store. If you are planning to walk in this year’s commencement ceremonies, now is the time to order your cap and gown, college regalia, graduation announcements and diploma frames. Cross these must-do items off your list so you can focus on completing your coursework and planning your post-graduation celebrations.

2017 Grad Fair schedule:

  • Thursday, March 30: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, March 31: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 1: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pre-order your regalia online from the Campus Store now and skip the lines at the Grad Fair. And, last but not least, make sure to sign the Block U before you leave.

Personalized Graduation Announcements

You’ve worked hard, Class of 2017.

Share the great news with friends and family with budget-friendly graduation announcements from University Print & Mail Services. Print & Mail will host a photo booth where you, your friends and family can snap photos using fun grad props against a U of U-themed background. Explore graduation announcement options with Print & Mail staff who can also help you arrange professional photo shoots for announcements or personal use.

This year’s Grad Fair will take place March 30, 31 and April 1 at the University Campus Store.

A number of sizes and styles are available, from traditional folded cards to modern, flat announcements. View the gallery and place your order online or stop by the Print & Mail table at Grad Fair to view styles and paper options. Orders are typically ready for pickup five business days after your order is placed, no shipping fees or delays.

Let us help you celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime achievement. You’ve earned it.

Deadline: March 6, 2017

The Office for Global Engagement (OGE) has established this award to recognize faculty and staff contributions to the university’s global dimension and those who have demonstrated excellence in facilitating student global learning and intercultural understanding. This may include international partnership development that engages students, curriculum revision to include global learning outcomes, advancement of the learning of languages, and other initiatives that provide significant opportunities for global learning either on campus or abroad. It may also include providing exceptional support or mentoring to international students and students participating in learning abroad programs. One faculty member and one staff member will be awarded (two awards).

This is an annual award for which OGE seeks nominations each spring semester. The award selection and ceremony is held in early April each year

For more information, click here.


Starting Feb. 1, 2017, University Information Technology (UIT) began the gradual migration of 27,000 student UMail accounts from on-campus hardware and software to Exchange Online, a cloud-hosted messaging application that’s part of Microsoft Office 365, or O365.

“The move to Office 365 is in keeping with the university’s strategy to transition to cloud-based services when there are improved services for students combined with less risk and cost for the institution,” said Chief Information Officer Steve Hess. “It will help better align us with Pac-12 and other peer institutions that have already successfully made this move.”

The phased plan will take place over the course of several months, starting with inactive accounts, but eventually encompassing all students with a non-employee role at the university.

Emails informing students of the change will be sent in batches, alerting users that their accounts may be moved as soon as 24 hours after receipt of the email. In addition, the emails outline the new login process and detail user interface changes to post-login screens.

Read the full story here.