Founded in 1850 and encompassing 1,500 acres in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain range, the University of Utah prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. Utah became a member of the Pac-12 Conference on July 1, 2011.

With an enrollment of over 31,000, the U. offers 100 undergraduate and more than 90 graduate level fields of study. It has earned a top-tier grading from the Academic Ranking of World Universities for 12 consecutive years, and offers nationally-ranked programs in law, pharmacy, mathematics, business, biomedical engineering, family medicine, life sciences, fines arts and architecture, entertainment arts and engineering. The U. was rated No. 41 in the U.S. by the Center for World University Rankings and No. 21 among “best value education programs” by Value Colleges in 2016.

Snapshot of the U.

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The University of Utah ranks among the top public research universities in the nation. From university-developed technology, the U. has launched nearly 130 new startups over the last eight years, consistently placing it in the top 10 in the nation for university startup creation.

Geneticist Mario R. Capecchi received the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on gene targeting. Çağan Şekercioğlu, assistant professor of biology, won the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey’s highest prize for 2014. Peter J. Stang, distinguished professor of chemistry, received the 2013 Priestley Medal and 2011 National Medal of Science for his pioneering work in supramolecular chemistry.

Technology and Computer Sciences

In 2015, the U.’s entertainment arts and engineering program was ranked first in the country for the second time in three years. The University’s School of Computing, which earned a top 60 world ranking in 2016, was founded in 1965 and began a pioneering legacy in computer graphics and visualization that continues today. The internationally-recognized Scientific Computing & Imaging Institute is a leader in creating new scientific computing techniques, tools and systems to help solve wide-ranging challenges of human life. The College of Engineering’s undergraduate program was ranked 56th and the graduate school was 51st according to U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

How the U.
Grades Out

  • Average high school GPA for incoming freshmen was up to 3.59 in 2015.
  • 90% of freshmen returned for their sophomore year in 2015, ranking in the top third of the Pac-12.
  • 64% of students had received their degrees within six years in 2015, while the 8-year graduation rate was 74%.
  • Ranked in the top third of the Pac-12 for educational value, offering the second-lowest in-state tuition and fees among Pac-12 and Big Ten institutions in 2014-15.
  • Only 39% of students with undergraduate degrees leave with debt, well below the national public average of 60%.
  • Ranked in the 93rd percentile by The Economist for graduates’ median earnings over expected earnings without a degree.
  • A diversifying faculty added 20 scholars from underrepresented groups for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
  • Number of domestic freshmen who are students of color increased to 30% in 2013.

Consecutive years the U. has earned a top-tier grading from the Academic Ranking of World Universities.


University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, a Level I trauma center and the only academic medical center in the region, was named one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America” in 2016. The U. also ranks No. 36 on the Top 50 Best Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy Schools list.

Its surgeons were the first in the world to conduct a permanent artificial heart implant in 1982. More recently, the Utah Genome Project is one of several innovative medical research programs at the U. Other notable programs include the nationally-recognized Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Clinical Neurosciences Center and the Moran Eye Center.

Business School

The David Eccles School of Business’ undergraduate program has been rated among the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report in the past three years. The Executive MBA program was ranked 22nd in the nation by Financial Times. The school also has been ranked in the top 25 the past five straight years for entrepreneurship by the Princeton Review. The U.’s graduate accounting program was rated top 35 in the nation in 2016.

Law School

The S.J. Quinney College of Law, which opened a new building in the fall of 2015, was ranked 16th by both National Jurist and PreLaw Magazine for practical training in 2016. Pre Law rated Utah in the top 10 for its public interest and public defender/prosecutor programs, and gave it an “A” grade in environmental law.

Campus Living

A lively residential living experience is provided in the beautiful Heritage Commons, which served as the Athletes Village for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community opened in September 2012, while the George S. Eccles Student Life Center had its grand opening in January 2015. The Lassonde Studios will open in the fall of 2016, housing student entrepreneurs in a living-learning space.

The U. is home to the state’s natural history and fine arts museums, and well as premier concert and theater venues: Kingsbury Hall, Libby Gardner Hall, Pioneer Memorial Theater, and Red Butte Garden.


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