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 13 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. 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.

  The University of Utah


The University of Utah was rated No. 1 for commercializing technology innovations according to the Milken Institute's 2017 ratings, generating $211.8 million in licensing income and recording 69 startups from 2012-15, and attracting $417.2 million in research spending in 2015.

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 was rated second in the nation according to Animation Career Review in early 2017 and has earned a top three rating seven years running. 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 51st according to U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

The U.'s rating for commercializing technology innovations.

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' rating in quality, safety and accountability.


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. It marked the seventh-straight year that UUHC ranked among the nation's top 10 academic medical centers. U.S. News and World Report recognized the school of medicine's primary care program (34th), pharmacy program (17th), physical therapy program (20), and the school of nursing's doctorate (22nd) and master's (31st) programs.

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.

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 four years. In the magazine's most recent rankings, the executive MBA program was ranked 21st in the nation while the full-time MBA program jumped 22 spots to No. 57. The school also has been placed in the top 25 for entrepreneurship six straight years 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 45th among ABA-approved U.S. law schools in 2016. For the second year in a row, Utah retained its position as a top 10 program for environmental law.

Campus Life

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 opened in the fall of 2016, housing student entrepreneurs in a living-learning space. 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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