Snow College is a rural, two-year state college located in Ephraim, Utah, U.S. It offers certificates and associate degrees in a number of areas. Snow College is operated as part of the Utah System of Higher Education.
Founded in 1888 by local citizens as Sanpete Stake Academy, the school was later renamed Snow Academy to honor The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) leaders Lorenzo Snow and Erastus Snow. It is one of the oldest junior colleges west of the Mississippi. The name was changed to Snow College in 1923. The college was transferred from the LDS church to the State of Utah in 1932.
Current enrollment is approximately 3,365 students. In addition to the main 70 acres (280,000 m2) Ephraim campus, Snow College maintains the Snow College Richfield Campus in Richfield, Utah. Snow College athletic teams, known as the Badgers, are consistently highly ranked; its football team won the National Junior College Championship in 1985, and finished #2 in 2006. Its football players often go on to play at Division I-A schools, including Brigham Young University, where many of the athletes transfer.
In addition to athletics, Snow College has a notable music program. The Horne School of Music has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1997, and is also very proud to be an All Steinway School. Some Snow College music graduates go on to play in some of the finest groups and colleges in the world. Snow College is affiliated with the Juilliard School of Music in New York.In addition, Snow host some of the finest music camps in the nation, such as the Juilliard Jazz Rhythm Workshop and the Manhattan to the Mountains Chamber Workshop, held annually.
Snow College also has an accredited Art program, being highly recommended and many connections to colleges through out the US. Some of their students have gone on to Cornwall, BYU, New York Art Academy, and various other institutions. Their professors are all highly qualified, and low class numbers give one-on-one advisement time. They have gallary space that is visited by many accredited artists, they have a weekly student Alt Space, and connections to the CUAC.
Snow prides itself on having some of the lowest tuition rates of any accredited institution of higher education in Utah, at just $1,076 per semester (for year of 2009-2010).
The Snow College undefeated football team of 1985 were National Champions that year and the team was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2010.