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Utah (UT): Colleges, Universities, and Career Education Overview

Utah is home to a little more than 25 colleges and universities. See the best and most affordable schools, among other categories, in Utah to determine which schools might be right for you.

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The state of Utah has many different options for prospective college students. There are public and private institutions, small campus locations that create tight-knit, cooperative environments between students and faculty, and colleges that specialize in technology studies. This article provides background information on the more traditional public and private non-profit colleges and universities in Utah so that students may find the perfect location to begin a college career. The source for these stats is the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Utah Schools Near Large Cities

Provo and Salt Lake City provide two of the largest locations with colleges in or around these areas. Smaller cities include Orem, Ogden, Saint George, and Logan. Of these towns, there is Stevens-Henager College, Weber State University, and Utah Valley University.

  • Brigham Young University-Provo (Provo)
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City)
  • Westminster College (Salt Lake City)
  • Dixie State University (Saint George)
  • Utah State University (Logan)

Largest Schools in Utah

As of fall 2014, these were the largest schools in Utah. There is a 4-year, private non-profit offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Two 4-year public schools are also included, here. A community college is also among the largest schools in Utah.

  • Western Governors University (57,821 students)
  • University of Utah (31,515 students)
  • Utah Valley University (31,332 students)
  • Brigham Young University-Provo (30,484 students)
  • Salt Lake Community College (30,248 students)

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Lowest Net Price

Applied technology colleges are the least expensive option in Utah, and many have identical tuition. The following low-cost Utah schools have been ranked according to the average amount of grant/scholarship aid received by first-time, full-time undergraduates. Figures are based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for 2014-2015.

  • Utah Valley University ($6,565)
  • Salt Lake Community College ($7,619)
  • Western Governors University ($8,667)
  • Snow College ($10,622)
  • Weber State University ($10,669)

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be the 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). Based on NCES figures for full-time students, in 2015.

  • Brigham Young University-Provo (80% graduation rate)
  • University of Utah (64% graduation rate)
  • Independence University (63% graduation rate)
  • Westminster College (62% graduation rate)
  • Utah State University (49% graduation rate)

These four categories can help you see some critical info about colleges and universities in Utah, in order to help you decide which ones meet your needs.

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