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University of Utah in Salt Lake City

Learn what degree programs the University of Utah in Salt Lake City offers. Research the university's academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Utah

The University of Utah, also known as the U, is both the oldest and largest higher education institution in Utah. It was founded in 1850 as the University of Deseret and was devoted to teaching the sciences and fine arts. It was not until 1892 that the university officially became the University of Utah. The school is dedicated to sustainability efforts and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050.


The University of Utah comprises 16 schools and colleges with over 100 undergraduate and more than 90 graduate degree programs. Assisting students in their academic pursuits are three libraries: the Marriot Library, the Eccles Health Sciences Library, and the Quinney Law Library. Academics are supplemented with over 80 research, education, and community institutes and centers. In Fall 2010, the university started the MUSE (My U Signature Experience) Project, which provides students with a multitude of educational opportunities such as internships, overseas study, scholarships, and special learning cohorts.

The College of Science is one of the university's largest colleges, made up of the physics and astronomy, mathematics, biology, and chemistry departments. Another of the university's largest academic divisions is the College of Humanities, offering 29 majors, 36 minors, 16 master's programs, and 13 doctoral programs. The college has departments for languages and literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, communication, and English.

The College of Architecture and Planning is home to the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning and the School of Architecture. This has been Utah's only architecture school since 1951 and is the only school in the state to offer an NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture program. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Urban Planning and a B.S. in Architectural Studies. In 1936, the David Eccles School of Business became one of the first schools to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Undergraduate students can choose from eight majors within this college, including entrepreneurship, accounting, information systems, and operations management.

Beyond academics, the U offers over 400 student organizations, 11 fraternities and sororities, and a total of 17 men's and women's varsity teams at the NCAA Division I level. In addition, students can take advantage of all the activities and sights the city offers as well as seven ski resorts located 40 minutes or less from campus.


In addition to an application, prospective freshmen must submit official high school and any college transcripts, an application fee, and ACT or SAT test scores. Beginning in the summer and fall semesters of 2013, freshmen applicants will be evaluated based on a holistic review of their personal achievements and academic record. Undergraduate applications for the fall semester are due April 1; the priority deadline is December 1 of the year before. Applications for the spring semester are due November 1 of the year before, and applications for the summer term are due March 15.

In Fall 2010, 74% of undergraduate students were state residents, and 70% of undergraduates attended full-time. The undergraduate student population was 55% male, and 66% of students were under the age of 24.

Graduate admissions requirements vary by degree program; however, minimum requirements include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework, and a faculty recommendation from the department in which they plan to study.

Tuition & Financial Aid

During the 2012-13 academic school year, residents of Utah will pay an estimated $6,424 per year in tuition and mandatory fees to attend the University of Utah, and non-residents will pay an estimated $20,316. Residents and non-residents living on-campus will pay $9,072 for room and board. Additional expected costs include $996 for books and supplies, $5,448 for miscellaneous expenses, and $1,026 for transportation costs. It is estimated that non-residents will pay an additional $720 in travel expenses. Students can take advantage of payment plans and scholarships to pay for tuition. The U has many types of scholarships, including freshman, transfer, college and departmental, and financial need.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsized city**
Student Body 24,297 undergraduates and 7,363 graduates (Fall 2011)*
Student Housing Three residence halls for first-year students; four apartment communities for upperclassmen; three learning communities residence options; graduate student housing also available*
Schools and Programs Two schools and 14 colleges; over 100 undergraduate and more than 90 graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Mass communication/media studies (297)
Master's: General business administration and management (178)
Doctoral: Law (140)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 22% in four years
58% in six years
71% in eight years**
Admission Rate 83% in Fall 2011**
Entering Class Size About 3,200 in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 87% for full-time and 66% for part-time students**
ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% composite ACT score: 21-27 in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date April 1 for fall admission (December 1 for priority applications)
November 1 for spring admission*
Decision Notification Date Fall 2013 applicants will be informed by January 7 (for applications received by December 1), March 1 (for applications received by February 15) or April 15 (for applications received by April 1)*
Tuition In 2012-13 (includes all estimated student expenses): $22,966 for residents and $37,578 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Federal grants (20%), state and local grants (8%), institutional scholarships (35%), federal loans (21%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 56% in 2010-11**

Sources: *University of Utah; **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: The University of Utah, Admissions Office, 201 S. 1460 E. Room 250 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057
  • Phone: (801) 581-8761
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