Utah State University

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School Overview

Utah State University (USU) is a public research university located in Logan, Utah. It is a land-grant and space-grant institution and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. USU was founded in 1888 as Utah’s agricultural college with the focus on agriculture, domestic arts, and mechanic arts.

The university now offers programs in liberal arts, engineering, business, economics, natural resource sciences, as well as nationally ranked elementary and secondary education programs. The university has eight colleges and offers a total of 19 associate degree programs, 100 bachelor’s degree programs, 71 master’s degree programs, and 35 doctoral degrees. USU offers 14 online degree programs (7 bachelor’s and 5 master’s) including agriculture, business, education, psychology, and social sciences.

Utah State University enrolls more than 28,500 students; 24,800 of those undergraduate and 3,300 graduate. Approximately 46% of undergraduates and 50% of graduates are enrolled in some or only online courses.

While the main campus is located in Logan, UT, students can take courses at regional campuses in Brigham City, Tooele, and the Uintah Basin. Another campus is operated in Price and is known as Utah State University College of Eastern Utah. There are an additional 20 distance education centers around the state. Slightly less than half of all students attend a regional campus, USU East, or a distance education center.

National Ranking

Forbes named USU the most inexpensive public university in the country, while U.S. News & World Report ranked it first among public institutions for lowest debt among graduates. The Princeton Review considers USU one of the best universities in the western United States.

The university also leads the nation in funding for aerospace research and the number of student experiments actually sent out into space. The school is considered one of the best in the country for water-related engineering.

USU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

The College of Education and Human Services is in the top 2% of the best graduate education schools in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. Within this college is one of the country’s few programs that combine doctoral-level training in school psychology and clinical counseling.

Online Degrees and Programs

Eighteen degrees are offered completely online through USU online. These programs include bachelor's degrees in economics, agribusiness, and family life studies; an associate’s degree in general studies; certificates in deafblindness-preservice training and women & gender studies; master's degrees in engineering, human resources, and rehabilitation counseling; and professional education licensure and endorsements.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

Utah State University’s graduate and undergraduate programs are divided between eight colleges.

  • Caine College of the Arts: this college contains the art and design, music, and theatre arts departments
  • College of Agriculture: well-known for its work in human nutrition, food science research, plant and soil science, animal genetics, veterinary science, and applied agriculture. Six departments are housed in the College of Agriculture: Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences; Applied Sciences, Technology & Education; Applied Economics; Landscape Architecture and Environmental planning; Plants, Soils & Climate; and Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences.
  • College of Engineering: nationally renowned for its work in military and scientific research
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: the largest college on campus with 8 departments and more than 30 programs
  • College of Science: although this college does not offer professional programs in medicine or dentistry, students are admitted to such schools at a rate of about 30 percent higher than the national average
  • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
  • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
  • S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

Financial Aid

Utah State University offers students the opportunity to receive Pell Grants, Direct loans, parent PLUS loans, graduate PLUS loans, TEACH grants, Perkins loans, and supplemental grants. USU also participates in the federal work-study program, which provides primarily on-campus jobs for undergraduate and graduate students.

A variety of individual scholarships are offered through the institution itself, degree programs, and on-campus activities. Students who receive aid from the university are required to meet certain academic criteria to maintain eligibility.


The university’s main library, Merrill-Cazier Library, is modern in design and hosts more than 1.5 million volumes. Students have access to 33 group study rooms and more than 150 workstations. A specialized natural resources library is also located on campus.


USU offers intercollegiate teams in football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, golf, track and field, tennis, gymnastics, women’s soccer, and cross country. These teams are known as the Aggies and compete in the Mountain West Conference. A variety of club sports are also available. The men’s basketball team is the star of the athletic program. It often competes in the NCAA tournament and has won several conference championships.


USU has a close-knit community, led by the fact that approximately 16,000 students live on-campus or nearby. Twenty-one buildings are available on-campus for single students, and another 39 buildings are available for married students.

Students on campus have easy access to two cafeterias, a cafe; located in the library, a full-service restaurant, and some fast-food restaurants. One of the most popular choices for students and tourists alike is Aggie Ice Cream, which has been in operation since 1888 and offers “world famous” cheese products and ice cream.

Utah State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(435) 797-1000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.usu.edu/admissions/applyonline/
Address:Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-1400
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:28,118
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):51%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:14,996 (53% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,426
Out-of-state Tuition:$20,492
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:84%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$7,699

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Utah State University Programs

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences121184
Architecture and Related Services21
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies131
Biological and Biomedical Sciences455
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1384
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1221
Construction Trades1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters221
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1322
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics3
Health Professions and Related Programs43351
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Mathematics and Statistics221
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians131
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Natural Resources and Conservation1552
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Personal and Culinary Services1
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences454
Precision Production21
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Social Sciences562
Transportation and Materials Moving11
Visual and Performing Arts53
Grand total14201017033

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Natural Resources and Conservation11
Social Sciences1
Grand total2177

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Utah State University 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$810

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 aid3,61884%
Grant or scholarship aid3,23575%$7,699
Student loan aid1,25429%$5,986

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid14,10256%$6,791
Federal student loans7,95531%$5,787

Admissions & Enrollment

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

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants15,4017,6487,753
Percent admitted100%89%91%
Percent admitted who enrolled29%25%33%

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

Utah State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment28,118
Undergraduate enrollment24,838
Graduate enrollment3,280

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

Utah State University 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
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional/Scientific Psychology (PSPSY) - 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 English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English Language English Language Institute)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs (Department of Art and Design)
  • 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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