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Defining your Path (DYP)

K-8th grade field trips to The University of Utah!

The Office of Engagement invites the K-8 community to connect and engage with higher education through the Defining Your Path field trip program! Field trips to the University of Utah are valuable learning experience that sparks students' interests, and sets them on a path to endless career opportunities. Success in college can never start too early!

Rather than providing walking tours of campus, we work with over 35 different departments and programs at the University of Utah to arrange for a variety of activites, demonstrations, and lessons. We strive to fill these field trips with engaging, hands-on expereinces to help students imagine themselves in college one day. The Office of Engagement supports educators in utilizing the resources that the University of Utah has to offer. Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, in public, private, charter, homeschool, and youth groups are all welcome!

The DYP Field Trip Program welcomed over 4,000 students to campus in the 2016-2017 academic year! We've been experiencing some consistent growth, so please submit your field trip requests as early as possible. If you're interested in scheduling a field trip for the 2017-18 academic year, please fill out our field trip request form, or email our Field Trip Coordinator, Logan Meyers, with questions.

**To arrange a field trip for 9th - 12th grade students, please contact the Office of Admissions here.**

Getting Started

When can I visit?

We are available for field trips during the academic year (mid-August to late May) on weekdays from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. We do not hold field trips during University closure days or during University finals weeks.

Field trips are scheduled on a "first come, first served" basis. To assure that your potential field trip date is available, please try to book, at least, four weeks in advance.

If you are interested in bringing a group of students to campus during the summertime (June - August), please contact the Field Trip Coordinator or Office of Engagement via email.

How long will we be on campus?

Our average field trip lasts 4 hours (9:00 am - 1:00 pm), however, we can accommodate most time frames. A four hour field trip would likely include two hands-on activities for the students, lunch on campus, and a campus scavenger hunt.

How much does it cost?

Defining Your Path field trips are free of charge! 
You are responsible for the cost of transportation to the Univerisity and the cost of lunch for the students, if applicable.

What are the group size limitations?

Due to limited available space on campus and limited resources within the DYP program, we have a maximum group size of 90 students. If you are looking to bring a larger group to campus, please email the Field Trip Coordinator directly for possible options.

What will we do on campus?

We collaborate with over 35 different departments and programs on campus to create meaningful experiences for your students! We often work with the College of Engineering, the Marriott Library, the Department of Astronomy & Physics, Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, and many others. 

Field trip activities range from science and engineering lab tours and demonstrations, to dissections and creating hand-made books. Participate in political and social forums, meet with faculty and students to receive in-depth knowledge on a wide array of subjects. Experience campus life from the Marriott Library to the Student Union, discover all of this on one campus!

Planning a Visit

First determine the educational goals of your field trip. Consider the department, subject, and topic you wish to explore. Then,

Please fill out and submit a "Request a Visit" form.

Please note that reservations are NOT confirmed until you have received a confirmation email from the Field Trip Coordinator. In order to properly plan a field trip and coordinate with the University's departments, please plan a date 4-6 weeks in advance of your field trip request.

Contact Logan Meyers, the Defining Your Path Field Trip Coordinator, if you have questions or need assistance in planning your visit.
Email: logan.meyers@utah.edu
Office Phone: 801-587-1685

Last Updated: 11/17/17