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

With an enrollment of over 32,000, 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 14 consecutive years, and offers nationally-ranked programs in law, pharmacy, mathematics, business, biomedical engineering, family medicine, life sciences, fines arts, education, architecture, entertainment arts and engineering. In 2018, the U. was rated No. 48 in the U.S. by the Center for World University Rankings and No. 18 among “best value education programs” by Value Colleges.

Snapshot of the U.

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The University of Utah was rated No. 1 for commercializing technology innovations according to the Milken Institute's 2017 ratings. U. Health was also ranked 19th out of 100 top health care institutions worldwide for scientific research by the Nature Index.

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

The U.'s entertainment arts and engineering program has earned a top three rating seven years running according to Animation Career Review. 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 College of Engineering's undergraduate program was ranked 40th by College Choice in 2017. The Scientific Computing & Imaging Institute is internationally recognized.

The U.'s rating for commercializing technology innovations according to the Milken Institute's 2017 ratings.

Consecutive years the U.'s entertainment arts and engineering program has been rated top three in the nation.

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.


University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, a Level I trauma center, was ranked No. 1 in the nation in quality, safety and accountability in 2016 and has annually ranked among the nation's top 10 academic medical centers. U.S. News & World Report placed the school of medicine's programs in primary care, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and nursing in the nation's top 30.

The U.'s 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.

U. Hospitals and Clinics' rating in quality, safety and accountability in 2016.

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 five years. In the magazine's most recent rankings, the full-time MBA program jumped to No. 44 and the part-time MBA program soared to No. 60. The school also has been placed in the top 25 for entrepreneurship seven straight years by the Princeton Review. The U.'s graduate accounting program was rated top 35 in the nation.

College of Law

The S.J. Quinney College of Law was ranked 54th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2018. It also earned top 20 ratings for practical training, as well as its and public defender/prosecutor law and environmental law programs.

College of Education

Utah's College of Education soared eight spots to No. 58 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2018. Its special education and master's programs were also highly rated by College Choice in 2017.

Campus Life

A lively residential living experience is provided in the beautiful Heritage Commons, which served as the Athletes Village for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community, the George S. Eccles Student Life Center, and the Lassonde Studios for housing student entrepreneurs have opened in recent years. The U. is the home to the state's natural history and fine arts museums, as well as premier concert and theater venues: Kingsburry Hall, Libby Gardner Hall, Pioneer Memorial Theater and Red Butte Garden.


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