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A new joint venture between the U and SLCC brings more opportunities to Herriman and the surrounding area


Salt Lake Community College and the U broke ground in 2021 on a joint $57 million campus in Herriman. The new 90-acre Juniper Canyon Campus will open in 2023 to serve some 2,000 students in its first year and nearly 7,000 by 2025. Students who study at the campus will be able to earn an associate degree from SLCC and then attend the U to earn a bachelor’s degree, all at one location.

SLCC and the U have long worked together to support student success. SLCC students account for about 40 percent of transfer students to the U each year, and in 2021, made up about one-third of the U’s bachelor’s degree recipients. This new campus will make it even easier for these students who choose to transfer to and complete their degrees at the U.

Programs will be offered in high-demand industries, including teaching, health care, information systems, business, social work, criminal justice, engineering, and mathematics. Essential student services for both schools will also be available, including admissions, advising, financial aid, and more.

“The Juniper Canyon Campus is coming just in time to help meet the demand for education and employment created by the incredible growth of the southwest area of the Salt Lake Valley,” said U Interim President Michael L. Good.

Funding for the building was appropriated by the Utah State Legislature in 2021, with additional support from SLCC, the U, private donors, and infrastructure investments from Herriman City. The joint project was envisioned by SLCC President Deneece Huftalin BS’84 PhD’06 and former U President Ruth Watkins.

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