University of Utah

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201 S. Presidents Circle

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: (801) 581-7200
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Apr. 1
application deadline

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#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Utah is a public institution that was founded in 1850. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,840, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,535 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Utah's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 121. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,534 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $24,018 (2013-14).

The University of Utah, known as the U of U or simply The U, is a Salt Lake City center of academics, powerhouse sports and research. Undergraduates interested in university housing can choose from traditional residence halls, two- and four-bedroom apartments and common-interest living communities. The Utah sports teams, the Utes, compete in the NCAA Division I PAC-12 Conference and are rivals with Brigham Young University's teams. The U of U runs a variety of research centers and institutes, including the Brain Institute, the American West Center and the Center for High Performance Computing.

The University of Utah’s well-regarded S.J. Quinney College of Law, College of Engineering, College of Education and David Eccles School of Business all offer degree programs for graduate students. The U of U School of Medicine, which is particularly well regarded for its primary care program, is the only medical school in the state. Notable alumni of the University of Utah include Alan Ashton, co-founder of WordPerfect; Nolan Bushnell, founder of both Chuck E. Cheese's and video game company Atari Inc.; and John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The mission of the University of Utah is to serve the people of Utah and the world through the discovery, creation and application of knowledge; through the dissemination of knowledge by teaching, publication, artistic presentation and technology transfer; and through community engagement. As a preeminent research and teaching university with national and global reach, the University cultivates an academic environment in which the highest standards of intellectual integrity and scholarship are practiced. Students at the University learn from and collaborate with faculty who are at the forefront of their disciplines. The University faculty and staff are committed to helping students excel. We zealously preserve academic freedom, promote diversity and equal opportunity, and respect individual beliefs. We advance rigorous interdisciplinary inquiry, international involvement, and social responsibility.

In its role as teaching institution, the University of Utah offers instruction in baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs. The University commits itself to providing challenging instruction for all its students, from both Utah and other states and nations, and encourages interdisciplinary work and the integration of instruction and research opportunities.

In its role as a research university, the University of Utah fosters the discovery and humane use of knowledge and artistic creation in all areas of academic, professional, and clinical study. In both basic and applied research, the University measures achievement against national and international standards.

In its role as contributor to public life, the University of Utah fosters reflection on the values and goals of society. The University augments its own programs and enriches the larger community with its libraries, hospitals, museums, botanical gardens, broadcast stations, public lectures, continuing education programs, alumni programs, athletics, recreational opportunities, music, theater, film, dance, and other cultural events.

The University of Utah has many innovative programs and exciting new initiatives which aim to bring the world into the classroom, engage students with peers and mentors, and create shared learning experiences that do not always appear in a traditional class setting. It is this core commitment to innovation, inclusiveness, quality, and engagement, both locally and globally, that will make an education at the U an experience students will value for the rest of their lives.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1850
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $575,822,222


When applying to University of Utah, it's important to note the application deadline is April 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at University of Utah is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 82.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.6%
Application deadline April 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Utah is 13:1, and the school has 43.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Utah include: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Engineering; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 15%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Engineering 8%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%

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Student Life

University of Utah has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,840, with a gender distribution of 55.6 percent male students and 44.4 percent female students. At this school, 14 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 86 percent of students live off campus. University of Utah is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 32,388
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Utah offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Utah also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Utah, 57 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Utah.

Students who have cars on campus 57%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Utah, 46.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,997.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,534 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $24,018 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,583 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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