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 and 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. In November, the University of Utah became one of the newest members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, which for more than 100 years has recognized the most outstanding academic institutions in the nation. Utah is now one of 65 AAU institutions, with only 34 of those members coming from Power 5 conferences.

The U offers nationally-ranked programs in law, pharmacy, mathematics, business, biomedical engineering, family medicine, social sciences and humanities, fine arts, education, architecture, entertainment arts and engineering. The U checked in as one of the top 50 schools in the U.S. by the Center for World University Rankings in 2019 and was ranked No. 11 in the nation for value according to the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

Snapshot of the U.

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In financial year 2019, the U celebrated a historic high of $547 million in sponsored project funding, covering a wide range of research activities. These prestigious awards from organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation are supporting work in geothermal energy, cross-cutting, interdisciplinary approaches to research that challenge existing paradigms and effects of cannabinoids on pain management. They also are funding educational research programs with significant community engagement, such as the U's STEM Ambassador Program and the Genetic Science Learning Center's participation in the All of Us Research Program.

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 been ranked regularly among the top three in the U.S. over the last decade according to Animation Career Review. The University's computer science program, which earned a top 50 ranking in 2019, was founded in 1965 and began a pioneering legacy in computer graphics and visualization that continues today.

The College of Engineering was ranked in No. 55 by U.S. News & World Report for 2020. The Scientific Computing & Imaging Institute is internationally recognized.

Members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, which the U joined in November 2019, with only 34 competing in Power 5 conferences.

The U's 2019 national ranking among colleges for value according to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.

How the U. Grades Out

  • In the fall of 2019, the U welcomed its most academically prepared and diverse class of 4,249 students.
  • The freshman cohort included 4,249 students boasting an impressive 3.66 average high school GPA and an average ACT composite score of 25.8.
  • The incoming class also brought a 54% increase in international students and more bilingual students than the previous year's freshman class.
  • Among the 2019 freshmen who are U.S. citizens, 30% are students of color.
  • The U's focus on student success has led to an increased six-year graduation rate, which now sits at 70%—well above the national average for four-year schools.
  • The rate has jumped 19 percentage points over the past decade, making it one of only two public higher education research institutions to achieve this success.
  • The U ranks 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.
  • Ranks in the 93rd percentile by The Economist for graduates' median earnings over expected earnings without a degree.


University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, a Level I trauma center, has earned a top 10 ranking among academic medical centers for patient care nine years in a row. 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. In November, the U announced a $150 million gift, the largest single-project donation in its history, to establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute. 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 60 by U.S. News & World Report for the past six years. The school also has been placed in the top 25 for entrepreneurship seven straight years by the Princeton Review. The graduate accounting program was rated top 35.

College of Law

The S.J. Quinney College of Law was ranked 47th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2020. 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 has soared eight spots over the past two years in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, coming in at No. 64 for 2020. Its special education and master's programs were also highly rated by College Choice.

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. Kahlert Village, a new south campus residential community, opens in the fall of 2020.

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