Utah State University

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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 176 bachelor’s degrees, 97 master’s degrees, and 38 doctoral degrees.

Utah State University enrolls more than 25,000 students, approximately 9,000 of who take classes online or at regional campuses. While the main campus is located in Logan, 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.

Forbes named USU the most inexpensive public university in the country, while U.S. News & World Report ranks 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 combines doctoral-level training in school psychology and clinical counseling.

Online Degrees and Programs

Eighteen degrees are offered completely 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.

General Information

Admission Office
0160 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-0160
(435) 797-1079
(800) 488-8108
Fax: (435) 797-3708
[email protected]
Contact: Jenn Putnam
Director of Admissions
Main Address
0140 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
(435) 797-1000
Total undergrads: 13,394
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,762
Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,251
Graduate enrollment: 1,705

Rural setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $40
Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 97%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $3,951 $4,181 $4,527 $4,828 +6.65%
Books and Supplies $1,100 $1,150 $1,150 $1,170 +1.74%
Living Arrangement – On Campus

Room and Board $4,580 $4,650 $4,900 $5,070 +3.47%
Other $3,380 $3,540 $3,540 $3,610 +1.98%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus

Room and Board $5,920 $6,140 $6,140 $6,270 +2.12%
Other $3,380 $3,540 $3,540 $3,610 +1.98%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $13,011 $13,521 $14,117 $14,678 +3.97%
In-state Off Campus $14,351 $15,011 $15,357 $15,878 +3.39%
In-state with Family $5,051 $5,331 $5,677 $5,998 +5.65%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $3,718
In-state Student Fees $712
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $13,014
Out-of-state Fees $712

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,045 80%

Grant or scholarship aid 1,795 70% $8,795,158 $4,900
– Federal grants 461 18% $1,704,921 $3,698
– Pell grants 461 18% $1,525,919 $3,310
– Other federal grants 179 7% $179,002 $1,000
State/Local government grant or scholarships 973 38% $4,998,404 $5,137
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,030 40% $2,091,833 $2,031
Student loan aid 595 23% $2,904,408 $4,881
– Federal student loans 585 23% $2,643,274 $4,518
Other student loans 31 1% $261,134 $8,424

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3,033 831 93 6 10
Agriculture 83 22 1 6 2
Agricultural Business and Management 10
Agricultural Communication/journalism 3
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanization 3
Agricultural Production Operations 8 16
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
Agronomy and Crop Science 2
Animal Sciences 18 1
Dairy Science
Horticultural Science 29
International Agriculture 1
Ornamental Horticulture 3 2
Plant Sciences 3 1
Plant Sciences, Other 2
Range Science and Management 10
Soil Science and Agronomy 2
Architecture and Related Services 29 9
Environmental Design/Architecture 2
Landscape Architecture 27 9
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 38 9
American/united States Studies/Civilization 7 9
Area Studies, Other 28
Asian Studies/Civilization 3
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 75 22 14
Biochemistry 10
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 44 4 6
Conservation Biology 5
Ecology 11 6
Toxicology 1 1
Wildlife Biology 16 6 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 511 189
Accounting 118 28
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs
Business Administration and Management 143 144
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 27
Finance 73
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 44 17
International Business/Trade/Commerce 25
Marketing/Marketing Management 54
Operations Management and Supervision 7
Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other 20
Communication and Journalism Programs 110
Journalism 110
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Computing and Information Sciences 66 42 1
Computer and Information Sciences 32 32 1
Information Science/Studies 34 10
Education 405 173 27 1
Agricultural Teacher Education 20
Biology Teacher Education 1
Chemistry Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 20
Education/Teaching Of Individuals In Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Educational/Instructional Technology 52 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 155 30
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 13
French Language Teacher Education
Geography Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education 18
Mathematics Teacher Education 13
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 104 40
Physics Teacher Education
Psychology Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 3
Secondary Education and Teaching 4 22 1
Social Studies Teacher Education 4
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching 31 9 7
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 15
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 13
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 4 7
Engineering 206 108 14
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 3
Agricultural Engineering 12 8 3
Civil Engineering 60 40 9
Computer Engineering 8 16
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 38 21 2
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 10
Mechanical Engineering 78 20
Operations Research
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 129 23
English Language and Literature 97 23
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Rhetoric and Composition 32
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 41
French Language and Literature 8
German Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 32
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 152 49 6
Audiology/Audiologist 5
Communication Sciences and Disorders 110 27
Dietetics/Dietitian 3
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist 11
Public Health, Other 24
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences 7 1 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 18
History 68 5
History 68 5
Human Services 48 29
Social Work 48 29
Legal and Law Studies 16
Pre-law Studies 16
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 52 1
General Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 52
Mathematics and Statistics 22 12 5
Mathematics 15 5
Mathematics, Other 5
Statistics 7 7
Mechanics and Repairers 6
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 187
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 187
Natural Resources and Conservation 20 12 1
Environmental Studies 8
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 4 2
Forestry 4 1
Land Use Planning and Management/Development 5
Natural Resources Management and Policy 3 1
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 4 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 17
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 14
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other 3
Physical Sciences 30 19 5
Chemistry 9 4 2
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 2
Geology and Earth Science 7 7
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 5
Physics 14 1 3
Psychology 84 50 8 7
Psychology 84 50 8 7
Social Sciences 408 18 6
Anthropology 19
Applied Economics 5
Economics 282 4 1
Geography 8 1
Political Science and Government 49 4
Sociology 50 4 5
Transportation and Materials Moving 11
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 11
Visual and Performing Arts 98 12
Art/Art Studies 54 8
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts 7 4
Interior Design 16
Music 21
Work and Family Studies 121 27 5
Apparel and Textiles
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 9 4
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies 27 5 1
Human Development and Family Studies 85 18 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
AgriculturalBusiness B
AgriculturalEconomics B
AgriculturalEquipment Technology B
Agronomy/CropScience B
AnimalHusbandry C
AnimalSciences B
DairyScience B,C
FoodScience B
HorticultureScience B
Horticulture,Ornamental A,B,C
RangeScience/Management B
SoilScience and Agronomy B

Architecture & Related Programs
LandscapeArchitecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
AmericanStudies B
AsianStudies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art– General B
Drama/TheaterArts B
InteriorDesign B
Music– General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Business, Management, & Marketing
Administrative/SecretarialServices A,B
Business– General B
BusinessAdministration/Management B
FashionMerchandising B
HumanResources Management B
MarketingManagement B
OperationsManagement B

Communications & Journalism

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/InformationSciences – General B
InformationSciences/Systems B

AgriculturalEducation B
BiologyTeacher Education B
BusinessTeacher Education B
ChemistryTeacher Education B
EarlyChildhood Education B
ElementaryEducation B
Family/ConsumerSciences – Education B
HealthTeacher Education B
MathematicsEducation B
MusicTeacher Education B
PhysicalEducation B
PhysicsTeacher Education B
Sales/MarketingEducation B
ScienceTeacher Education B
SecondaryEducation B
SocialStudies Teacher Education B
SpecialEducation B
TeacherEducation, Multiple Levels B
Technology/IndustrialArts Education B

Aeronautical/AerospaceEngineering B
AgriculturalEngineering B
CivilEngineering B
ComputerEngineering – General B
Electrical/CommunicationsEngineering B
Engineering– General B
EnvironmentalEngineering B
MechanicalEngineering B

Engineering Technologies
Draftingand Design Technology A
ElectricalEngineering Technologies B

English Language & Literature
EnglishLanguage & Literature – General B
Speech/RhetoricalStudies B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Clothing/Apparel/TextileStudies B
Foods/NutritionStudies B
HousingStudies B
HumanDevelopment/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
ClinicalLaboratory Science B
MusicTherapy B
PreveterinaryMedicine B
PublicHealth B
Speech-LanguagePathology/Audiology B

History– General B

Law & Legal Studies

Liberal Arts & Sciences
LiberalArts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics– General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
AircraftMechanics A,B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Forestry– General B
Wildlife/WildernessManagement B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks,Recreation & Fitness – General B
Parks/LeisureFacilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Physical Sciences
HydrologyWaterResources B

Psychology– General B

Public Administration & Services
SocialWork B

Social Sciences
PoliticalScience/Government B

Transportation & Materials Moving
AirTransportation A

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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