University of Utah

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School Overview

The University of Utah is a public, research university located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also known as the U of U, The U, or Utah, it is the state’s flagship institution for higher education, with an enrollment of more than 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

The U of U is a space-grant, research university, offering over one hundred Bachelor’s degrees and more than ninety Master’s and Doctoral programs. It is also home to the state of Utah’s only medical school, as well as the S.J. Quinney College of Law. The university is ranked among the top 125 schools in the country according to U.S. News & World Report.

When the university was founded in 1850, it was called the University of Deseret, after the State of Deseret, the area’s name before it became the Utah Territory. It became the University of Utah in 1892 and moved to its present location in 1900. Today, most students live off-campus, with just 10% of the student population living in on-campus housing. Almost 10% of Utah students originate from foreign countries, while 83% of students are from Utah.

The Utah Utes is the name the school’s athletic teams, competing in NCAA Division 1 athletics. The Utes football team, which plays in the Pacific 12 Conference, has become a national contender. In 2009, the Utes won the Sugar Bowl, and in 2005, finished with a #2 national ranking by winning the Fiesta Bowl.

The U of U is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

The University of Utah has the state’s only medical school, which has made a number of significant contributions to the field. The university also houses the only accredited engineering program in the state.

University of Utah Online Degrees and Programs

In addition to classes for non-degree-seeking students, the University of Utah offers online bachelor’s degrees in fields including agribusiness, liberal arts, economics, and psychology. Online master’s degrees include applied environmental geoscience, instructional technology, and natural resources. Other online programs include a certificate in women and gender studies, an associate degree in general studies, and professional education licensure.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

The University of Utah offers 95 graduate programs, 72 undergraduate majors, and more than 70 certificate and minor programs. Students are able to participate in interdisciplinary programs across departments.

The university is divided into 20 colleges and schools.

  • College of Science
  • College of Architecture + Planning
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Social & Behavioral Science
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Social Work
  • Continuing Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • David Eccles School of Business
  • College of Health
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • College of Humanities
  • Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • School of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • School of Dentistry
  • College of Mines & Earth Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • S.J. Quinney College of Law

Financial Aid

In addition to administering federal and state grants and loans, the University of Utah offers scholarships for freshmen, financial and merit scholarships, and the individual departments also offer scholarships.


The J. Willard Marriott Library is the main campus library and has individual and group study space, unique research materials, and cutting-edge equipment and software. Specialized libraries include the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, the S.J. Quinney Law Library, and the McKay Music Library.


The Utes, as the school’s athletic teams are known, participate in 7 men’s and 11 women’s intercollegiate sports within the Pac-12 Conference. Men’s sports include basketball, baseball, golf, football, skiing, tennis, and swimming and diving. The women’s sports are cross country, gymnastics, basketball, skiing, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, softball, volleyball, and track and field.

The football team has had many undefeated seasons, but the school’s women’s gymnastics team is perhaps the most notable, winning 10 national championships. The sport is popular among student fans, and the average attendance of more than 14,000 fans per meet has made the Utes NCAA attendance champions for more than 15 years.


University of Utah students can choose from 32 on-campus buildings divided into seven communities: Gateway Heights, Chapel Glen, Sage Point, Benchmark Plaza, Officer’s Circle, the Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community, and Shoreline Ridge. Despite the number of housing options, less than 10 percent of undergraduates live in on-campus student apartments or residence halls. Many students choose to, or are required to, live off campus. The university hopes to increase its on-campus housing options in the coming years.

University of Utah Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(801) 581-7200
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address:201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 201, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9008
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:31,860
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):60%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:21,913 (69% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$8,518
Out-of-state Tuition:$27,039
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:87%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$7,259

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Utah Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Utah.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services22
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies4531
Biological and Biomedical Sciences121010
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services9781
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs3311
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services3242
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters221
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences132
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics11466
Health Professions and Related Programs14142011
Legal Professions and Studies111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities131
Mathematics and Statistics1231
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies825
Natural Resources and Conservation12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies322
Philosophy and Religious Studies211
Physical Sciences987
Public Administration and Social Service Professions2131
Social Sciences9776
Visual and Performing Arts6982
Grand total7511212171

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Utah.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Utah and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,232

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,67887%
Grant or scholarship aid2,43579%$7,259
Student loan aid93730%$8,001

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid13,15155%$6,916
Federal student loans7,77533%$7,402

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Utah. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Utah students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants14,3087,0937,215
Percent admitted100%74%79%
Percent admitted who enrolled25%25%25%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Utah Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment31,860
Undergraduate enrollment23,789
Graduate enrollment8,071

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Utah Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English Language English Language Institute)
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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