Student Services | Parent Handbook

What is Connections

USU 1010 Connections is a two-credit academic course designed to ease your student’s transition to Utah State. It is an optional course, but highly recommended to gain an edge and learn exactly what it takes to be successful at USU.

"My instructor was very effective in helping me transition to Utah State University. She helped us know how to read a class syllabus and encouraged us to stay organized. She gave us a taste of different programs we can become involved in, such as the Honors Program, the Service-Learning Program, and the Study Abroad Program. She helped us know what to expect and what we needed to do to be ready for college."

First Year Connections Student

What Can My Student Expect?

  •  2 Credit Academic Course
  • Ease into college life at USU
  • Discussing habits of mind
  • Interactive learning
  • Navigating Online Tools
  • Finding classes and resources on campus
  • Class of approsimately 30 students
  • A faculty mentor
  • A peer mentor

2018 Luminary Event at Utah State University


Along with graduation requirements listed in the catalog, all students must complete university studies requirements, which are tracked in each student's Degree Works profile.

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Why Students Need General Education Course

Students and parents sometimes question the need for general education classes that appear to have little relevance to a student's major or career. The data in the table below demonstrates the remarkable overlap between the 21st century job skills and general education outcomes.

Hiring Manager's Desired Skills From Graduates

  • Written (78%) and oral communication (90%)
  • Critical thinking and analytical reasoning (84%)
  • Ability to work with numbers and stats (55%)
  • Broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences (78%)
  • Global issues and knowledge about societies and cultures outside the US (23%)
  • Ethical judgment and decision-making (87%)
  • Information literacy (79%)
  • Civic knowledge, skills essential for contributing to the community and our democratic society (86%)
  • Solving complex problems (70%) and analyzing and problem-solving with people from different backgrounds (73%)
  • Stay current on changing tech/applications to workplace (73%)

General Education Outcomes

  • Written (99%) and oral communication skills (75%)
  • Critical thinking and analytical reasoning (98%) • Quantitative reasoning skills (94%)
  • Knowledge of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts (85-92%)
  • Knowledge of global world cultures (89%)
  • Ethical reasoning skills (75%)
  • Information literacy skills (76%)
  • Civic engagement and competence (63%)
  • Integration of learning across disciplines (68%) and application beyond the classroom (65%)
  • Knowledge of technology (49%)


Association of American Colleges & Universities National Key findings of Member Institutions

AAC&U Key Findings from 2015 and 2018 Surveys of Employers

Academic Resources

General Catalog

FInd policies and procedures as well as program and course information.

Degree Finder

Degree Finder helps students search through over 159 undergraduate degress to find their perfect fit.

Degree Works

Degree works is a degree auditing report that can show students their progress toward their degree. It allows them to look at other majors to see how many of the requirements they have fulfilled. It also has a planning tool that can allow students and advisors to plan students' schedules for future semesters.

Degree Works can be found in the student's Banner account in myUSU.


Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Paying for college can be a source of apprehension for both parents and students. Let us take some of the mystery out of the process by explaining the charges you can expect.

Tuition and Fees

Each year the university publishes a tuition and fee table outlining charges students pay based on the number of credits they take. These charts show not only tuition, but also student fees each student pays per semester to maintain campus services and resources. Some courses also have additional course fees for things not covered by tuition, such as lab supplies or PE equipment.

  • In addition to these regular tuition and fees, there will also be differential tuition for certain courses.
  • Students who live out of state are charged special tuition-only rates for online courses.

Tuition and Fee Table

Savvy Ways to Finance College

Credit Load

Because 12-18 credits are the same price, students can save thousands of dollars in tuition and fees by taking 15 credits each semester, rather than 12. Every student is different, but overall, students who take 15 credits have higher GPAs than those who take less.

Credits Resident Nonresident
12 Credits Per Semester (5 years) $39,297 $114,024
15 Credits Per Semester (4 years) $31,438 $91,219
Difference $7,859 $22,805

Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Complete a FAFSA as early as possible because some funds are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Financial aid counselors can answer questions about federal aid, and help navigate the oftenoverwhelming process of paying for college.

Pell Grants

Money is given by the government based on financial need. Does not need to be repaid.

Work Study

Part-time work at the university, award based on financial need. A completed FAFSA is required.

Student Loans

Low-interest federal loans paid back over 10+ years after leaving school.


With a few exceptions, incoming student scholarships have been awarded by the time Aggie Orientation begins. Fall 2020 incoming students were awarded scholarships according to the parameters listed on the admissions page, provided they applied for USU by the deadline. In the future, students can apply for continuing-student scholarships at Deadlines vary, but are typically around January or February for the following school year.

Check with your local city offices, financial institutions, and employers to see if they offer scholarships.

Student Employment

Students can find on-campus, off-campus, and work-study jobs through the Aggie Handshake link in the MyUSU portal. We recommend full-time students work no more than 20 hours per week in order to maintain balance.


Other Expenses

Textbooks and Course Materials

approx. $200-500 per semester
Save money by shopping around, renting, buying used, or selling books back to the Campus Store at the end of the semester. Course materials purchased at the Campus Store are tax-free


On-campus Permit: $75-300/school year. Visit for more information.

Save money by leaving the car at home and using Logan’s fare-free bus system or Aggie Blue Bike’s free bike rental.

Housing and Dining

On-campus Housing and Dining: Prices vary based on room preference and meal plan (pgs 36-39).

On-campus housing includes city utilities, gas, cable TV, internet, and free laundry facilities.

Save money by using the Aggie Express account for regular food purchases. around campus.

Account Summary

TouchNet is a 24 hour service offered to students and their families for viewing bills, making payments, and managing their student account. Students can authorize other individuals, such as parents or grandparents, to create their own login credentials to view and make payments on the student’s behalf.

Tuition and Payments


Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation provides wellness and healthy lifestyle-oriented programs, events, and services to USU students and employees.

805 E 700 N, ARC




Aggie Recreation Center (ARC)

Our 105,000 square foot, stateof-the-art facility offers plenty of features and gives students a space to recharge the body, and clear the mind.

  • 50 Foot climbing wall & rappel ledge
  • Indoor/outdoor basketball
  • Elevated indoor track
  • Weight & cardio rooms
  • Lighted sand volleyball
  • Fitness studios & classes

Outdoor Programs (OP)

Located inside the ARC, OP offers all of the gear students need for camping, climbing, winter excursions, or a day on the water. Our guided trips give a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet friends, create long-lasting memories, and explore new adventures.

  • Raft the snake river
  • Bike & hike at Moab
  • Snowshoe in Logan Canyon
  • Cross country ski at the Tetons
  • Climb the City of Rocks in Idaho
  • Canyoneer at Zion National Park
  • Kayak at Lake Powell


A 6-lane, 25-yard lap pool with high and low diving boards, and a 6-lane leisure pool. Classes and lessons, water aerobics, kayaking, and specialized programming like log rolling.

Club Sports

A competitive outlet for students to test their individual and team skills against club teams from other universities. Sports include baseball, cycling, hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, rodeo, rugby, soccer (M), swimming, ultimate, and volleyball.


Students can enjoy co-ed, male, and female-only competitive sports. Students can join a team or create one. Sports include flag football, soccer, futsal, volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis

Fitness & Wellness

For students looking to get or stay in shape, join a class: Strength & Conditioning, Core, Cycling, HIIT, Kickboxing, Powersculpt, Yoga, or Zumba

Student Involvement


USUSA is an organization made by the students, for the students, because of students. Every student at USU is a member of the association and can actively participate in all activities, committees, clubs, events, and initiatives

List of Student Clubs & Organizations

Student Government

  • Executive Council
  • Academic Senate
  • Student Traditions, Activites & Series Board


  • Sophomore Scholarship
  • Gary Chambers Endowment
  • USUSA Student Involvement Leadership

Spirit Squad

  • Cheer Squad
  • Mascot - Big Blue
  • Aggiette Dance Team

Student Media

  • Aggie Radio
  • The Utah Statesman

Fraternities & Sororities

  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Kappa Delta
  • Theta Nu Xi Inc.
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Psi Sigma Phi Inc.
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon

Other Programs & Services

  • Aggie B.L.U.E. Leadership Conference
  • The HURD
  • Graduate Student Representation
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Government Relations Council
  • President’s Cabinet
  • Free Legal Services for Students
  • MyVoice

Annual Events

  • Weeks of Welcome
  • Big Agg Show
  • College Weeks
  • Day on the Quad
  • Homecoming Week
  • The HOWL
  • Festival of Trees
  • Mardi Gras
  • Black & White Jazz Night
  • Poetry & a Beverage (PoBev)
  • Lectures
  • Robins Awards
  • End of Year Bash
  • Traditions Week
  • Logan City Limits

Cheer with the HURD

One of the best student sections in the nation.


More than 100 student activities and events per year.


Nearly 100 student-run clubs.


$420,000 awarded in scholarships and research funding.

Student Involvement & Leadership Office

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Aggie Blue Leadership Conference

August 24-25, 2020 USU’s premier student leadership conference targeted toward incoming freshmen. For students interested in leadership and becoming student leaders. Registration is $75 and includes meals, t-shirt and other conference supplies. 

Student ID Card

USU Card Office

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A Passport to Campus

The USU Card is the official ID card of all USU students, faculty and staff. It functions as a library card, meal card, activities card, recreation center card, computer access card, health center card, copy card and more. It also tracks declining balance accounts and meal plans.

The USU Card Office Also Provides

  • Student Charge Accounts
    • Charge up to $1000 of books and supplies to your Banner Account (letting your loan, scholarship, or financial aid money cover your expenses).
  • U.S. Passport Services
  • Ticket Sales
  • Aggie Express

Aggie Express Debit Plans

Aggie Express is a debit account stored on your ID card. Accepted at many locations around campus. Account is automatically debited at the time of each transaction. Funds carry over from semester to semester. 10% discount at certain campus dining facilities.

Add money to your Aggie Express account at the following locations:

  • USU Card Office or online at
  • Aggie Express deposit machines in the TSC (1st floor by Quickstop) and the Library (left inside entrance by the Information Center)
  • For Meal Plan information, see Campus Dining on pg. 38

Career Services

Career Services Office

University Inn, 102


Student Visit Early and Often To:

  • Explore educational and career alternatives independently or with a career coach.
  • Obtain career-related work experiences employers look for through great student jobs and/or internships.
  • Take exams and prepare for graduate school in our Testing Services area, and meet with a career coach to develop personal statements and other documents
  • Succeed in a career by engaging in resume preparation, networking, mock interviews, social media, Career Fairs, and more—all with the support of a Career Coach!

Students can drop in for a quick resume/letter edit with a graduate career peer Monday-Friday. For updated hours visit


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Getting Around

Students do not need a car at USU! Save on parking and contribute to cleaner air by using the many free ways to get around Logan. Many students living in the neighborhoods surrounding campus use the CVTD or Aggie Shuttle to get to campus.

Cache Valley Transit Center (CVTD)

One of the nation’s only fare-free bus systems transports students from one end of the valley to the other for free. Find routes, schedules, and a bus-tracking phone app at

Aggie Shuttle

Natural gas-powered shuttles run several routes near and around campus. Track the bus at

Aggie Blue Bikes

Free bike rentals for students and staff, plus education and expertise to help tune, repair, and maintain bicycles.
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