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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.

General Information

Admission Office
201 South 1460 East, Room 250 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057
(801) 581-7281
Fax: (801) 585-7864
[email protected]
Contact: Timothy Ebner
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
Main Address
201 South Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-7200
Total undergrads: 21,526
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,642
Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,475
Graduate enrollment: 5,699

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $35
Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 81%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 83%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year2008-’092009-’102010-’112011-’12% change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees$4,988$5,284$5,746$6,272+9.15%
Books and Supplies$1,100$1,100$1,080$1,090+0.93%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board$6,400$6,469$6,743$6,990+3.66%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board$8,348$9,072$9,360$9,126-2.50%
Total Expenses2008-’092009-’102010-’112011-’12% change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus$17,708$18,433$19,455$20,184+3.75%
In-state Off Campus$19,350$21,036$22,072$22,320+1.12%
In-state with Family$6,088$6,384$6,826$7,362+7.85%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students$4,742
In-state Student Fees$786
Tuition for Out-of-state Students$16,738
Out-of-state Student Fees$786

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of AidStudentsPercentAmountAverage Per Student
All students financial aid1,27755%
Grant or scholarship aid1,02844%$5,892,898$5,732
– Federal grants33014%$1,278,660$3,875
– Pell grants33014%$1,095,269$3,319
– Other federal grants25611%$183,391$716
Institutional scholarships or grants23810%$373,392$1,569
Institutional grants or scholarships81735%$4,240,846$5,191
Student loan financial aid45520%$1,967,376$4,324
– Federal student loans45019%$1,599,366$3,554
– Other student loans311%$368,010$11,871

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent YearBA/BSMA/MSDoctorAA/ASCERT
Total of All Education Programs46161556629295
Architecture and Related Services4545
Architecture and Related Services, Other1
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies302
Asian Studies/Civilization9
Latin American Studies1
Near and Middle Eastern Studies2
Women’s Studies20
Biology and Biomedical Sciences1311939
Biology and Biological Sciences, General12558
Geophysics and Seismology14
Physical Sciences, Other13
Educational Psychology4118
Psychology, Other5
Social Sciences8016814115
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics2
International Relations and Affairs13
Political Science and Government19683
Social Sciences68
Urban Studies/Affairs3718
Visual and Performing Arts26452311
Art History, Criticism and Conservation242
Art/Art Studies763
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts24
Film/Cinema/Video Studies581
Graphic Design11
Musicology and Ethnomusicology1
Visual and Performing Arts1
Work and Family Studies25425
Consumer Economics41
Family and Community Services9
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies16
Human Development and Family Studies213

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Asian Studies B
Ethnic Studies – General C
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Ballet B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B
Cellular Biology/Histology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business – General B,C
Business Administration/Management B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B

Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
Geography Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Psychology Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B

Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Geological Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Metallurgical Engineering B
Mining/Mineral Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Consumer Economics B
Family Resource Management Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Arabic B
Chinese B
Classics B
French B
German B
Hebrew B
Iranian/Persian B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health Services – General B
Medical Records Technology C
Nursing (RN) B
Pharmacy B
Public Health Education B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies B,C
Humanities B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Geophysics/Seismology B
Meteorology B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Social Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B,C
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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