There is no off the shelf manual for building a new university. Among the most common approaches is to partner with existing institutions. Branch campuses and satellites of US universities have proliferated in recent years. As we embarked on the process of designing FUV, we engaged with a number of great US universities to explore opportunities to involve them in the design and development of the university. We learned a great deal from these discussions are grateful for the schools who took the time to engage with us. Ultimately, we concluded that if our goal was to create a new university from a blank slate, to innovate rather than replicate existing models, FUV would be best served by assembling its own team and working with the most innovative minds wherever they may be.