Frequently Asked Questions
Would this be the first time the institution's name has changed?
No. In fact, the institution has been known by six names in its 100-plus year history.
1911: St. George Stake Academy
1913: Dixie Academy
1916: Dixie Normal College
1923: Dixie Junior College
*Owned by the LDS Church from 1911-33; State of Utah assumed control in 1933-present
1970: Dixie College
2000: Dixie State College of Utah
Would admission standards change?
The role and mission of the institution would remain the same and a change in the institution’s name would not require a change in our admission standards.
What about small class sizes?
The institution will continue to focus on teaching. A change in name and status would not impact our commitment to keeping class sizes small in order to enhance the learning experience and promote student-faculty interaction.
Will changing our name lead to additional funding from the state?
Not necessarily. However, a request has been made for some ongoing money. We hope the request will be favorably received.
Would tuition and fees increase?
Annual tuition increases are inevitable. However, financial calculations on tuition and fees increases are not based on the name of the institution. Annual tuition and fees prices are based on what the institution receives in state appropriations, coupled with what services and programs the institution offers. Dixie State currently offers the lowest in-state and out-of-state four-year tuition costs not only in Utah, but is rated as one of the more affordable institutions to attend in the western United States.
How would financial aid be impacted?
The process for students to apply for and receive financial aid would not be impacted. The same forms, procedures and standards will remain unchanged.
Would the nickname still be the Red Storm?
Yes. A possible change of the “Red Storm” athletic identity could be looked at in the future. However, the “Rebel” moniker will remain retired and will not be an option.
Would professor teaching loads change?
No. It is anticipated that our faculty would not see an increased class load with a name change.
Would the institution become a "Research 1" university if the name is changed?
No, due to limited capacity in the State of Utah to finance multiple “research 1” universities. However, the institution will continue to offer quality learning, quality programs, quality instruction, and quality environment for small class sizes.
Will the institution continue to offer associate degree and certificate programs.
Yes. The institution will continue its community college mission in offering two-year associate degree and certificate programs.
Will the institution look to move from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I athletics?
No. The institution will remain a competing member of the NCAA at the Division II level. NCAA Division II athletics affords the institution the ability to focus on recruiting, retaining and graduating top student-athletes, while focusing on our institution’s role and mission
How would alumni be impacted? Would a change of name impact their degree from Dixie State College?
Existing degree holders would not be impacted and the institution would make available new diplomas upon request. It is anticipated that our alumni will feel a great deal of pride in seeing their alma mater continue its evolution in name and status. We believe the best way to preserve and honor our past is by protecting the future.