USU-College of Eastern Utah

USU-College of Eastern Utah
Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah
USU-CEU logo.jpg
Established 1937
Type Public
Chancellor Joe Peterson
Academic staff 230
Students 2,173
Location Price and Blanding, Utah, USA
Colors Blue and Gold          
Mascot Golden Eagles
Affiliations NJCAA
USU-CEU Prehistoric Museum (©2001 SW Clyde, courtesy of

Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah (USU Eastern) is a public regional college within the Utah State University system. The USU Eastern main campus is located in Price, Utah and a satellite location known as the San Juan Campus is located in Blanding, Utah.

USU Eastern, formerly known as College of Eastern Utah (CEU), entered the USU system on July 1, 2010.[1]



Carbon College was formed on February 20, 1937 by the State of Utah and classes began in October 1938 with approximately 100 students. The newly formed college faced financial difficulties in 1953 when a budget-cutting measure was proposed to dismantle the college and sell the property. The issue went to the ballot during the election of 1954 with 56,000 petition signatures and a subsequent 78% of the vote to reject such a measure.[2]

In 1959, the college was joined with the University of Utah and acted as a branch of the University for 10 years. During the partnership, the campus grew significantly and the college became known as College of Eastern Utah (CEU). During the 1960s, CEU added several new buildings including the Geary Theater, Music Building, Science Center, and Library. In 1969, the Utah System of Higher Education was created ending the relationship between the University of Utah and CEU.[2]

During the 1970s, CEU began to focus on the mission of being a vocational-technical school for the community. Degrees were expanded to include welding, automotive mechanics, machine shop, cosmetology, diesel mechanics, and a registered nursing program. CEU expanded courses to be taught at the San Juan Center. After the turn of the century, courses and enrollment began to climb to more than 2,000 students enrolled in more than 400 courses.[2][3]

In 2010, College of Eastern Utah merged with Utah State University creating Utah State University College of Eastern Utah (USU Eastern).[4] Shortly after the merger, Dr. Joe Peterson, a former vice president of instruction at Salt Lake Community College, became the school's first chancellor, reporting directly to USU president Stan L. Albrecht.


USU Eastern offers more than 60 degree programs in academic, technical, and vocational fields. The college is separated into four divisions:

  • Division of Liberal Arts
  • Division of Professional & Technical Education
  • Division of Science
  • Division of Workforce Education

Discipline and degree options include anthropology, criminal justice, museum studies, biology, geology, business, diesel equipment technology, and small business development.[5] USU Regional Campuses and Distance Education provides access to various Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees on site.[5]

USU Eastern operates under an open admissions policy, meaning that if one applies and had either graduated from high school or earned a GED, he or she was accepted.[citation needed]


Situated in the center of Price, Utah, USU Eastern's main campus is set on about 12 acres (4.9 ha) and is surrounded by geological and recreational features including the San Rafael Swell, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. USU Eastern is also home to an accredited museum, the renowned USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum.

In 2011, Utah State University received a confidential gift of 25 acres near the USU Eastern campus, nearly tripling the size of the campus. The estimated value for the donation exceeds $4 million. The City of Price and USU have already been working on the USU Energy and Education Research Park just west of the donated parcel of land.[6]


USU Eastern competes athletically as the Eastern Utah Golden Eagles and is the only campus in the USU system to have its own athletics program.[4] The Golden Eagles are a member of the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Bunnell Dmitrich Athletic Center serves as a venue for many of the athletic events.

The Golden Eagles compete in men's baseball and basketball and women's basketball and volleyball. There is one club sport, soccer, and several intramural sports such as ultimate frisbee, flag football, and volleyball.

Student Life

The student body of USU Eastern is governed by the Eastern Utah Student Association (EUSA). Every student at USU Eastern is a voting member of the EUSA, and has an equal voice in all decisions made by the student government. EUSA is an active due paying member of the Utah Student Association and the EUSA student body president is the voting member that attends those meetings. EUSA provides events, services, and a positive voice for the students.

One of the most notable aspects of campus itself is Gibby, a large spirit rock located near the student center. A small plaque near the rock explains its purpose and history. Students are allowed to paint Gibby whenever they desire, and it is often repainted nearly every week with announcements, ads, and art.


  1. ^ "USU and CEU Create Historic Union". Utah State Today. Utah State University. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Overview of the History and Governance of College of Eastern Utah". Utah State University College of Eastern Utah. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Utah State University College of Eastern Utah. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Burgess, Kim (4 March 2010). "Legislature approves CEU/USU merger". Herald Journal. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Divisions, Disciplines & Degrees". Utah State University College of Eastern Utah. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Maffly, Brian (17 October 2011). "Secret donor gives USU Eastern 25 acres to expand Price campus". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 

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