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Utah State University in Logan, UT

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About Utah State University

Utah State University (USU), founded in 1888 as the Agricultural College of Utah, is a land-grant research university spanning 400 acres in Logan, UT. In addition to its main campus, the public school runs USU Eastern in Price, UT, and regional campuses in Brigham City, Tooele, Uintah Basin and San Juan, UT. In 2010, USU ranked #5 among the top public universities nationwide and #1 in the West on Forbes' 'America's Best College Buys' list. The university was also listed as a 'Best in the West' school for 2011 by the Princeton Review.


The university offers 168 undergraduate and 143 graduate degree programs throughout 8 colleges. Popular undergraduate majors include communication sciences and disorders, elementary education, journalism and economics. The school also offers several programs of study online, including 14 bachelor's and master's degree programs.

USU's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is the oldest business school in the West. The university's Fine Arts Complex includes 5 theaters and performance venues for students in the Caine School of Arts. Attendees interested in studying abroad can choose from more than 140 partner schools in 40 countries. USU's undergraduate research program is the nation's second oldest. The school estimates that more than 25% of undergraduates are involved in research, and roughly 1,000 students are paid to conduct research annually. Research centers include the Ecology Center, The Project on Liberty and American Constitutionalism, and the Space Dynamics Laboratory, where researchers have worked with NASA.


Prospective undergraduates must apply by April 1 for the fall semester and submit ACT or SAT scores with their application. The university accepts all Advanced Placement scores of 3 or higher for course credit. In 2011, out of 7,561 applicants, 97% were admitted and 47% enrolled. At that time, the university's student body was 55% female and 81% white. Undergraduates from Utah accounted for 76% and of all of the undergraduates, 62% of them attended full-time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2011-2012 academic year, the university estimated that the total cost of attendance for undergraduates, including tuition, fees, housing, books and other expenses, was $16,760 a year for residents and $27,060 for non-residents. Incoming freshmen may apply for involvement and need-based aid or academic scholarships, which are based on GPA and SAT or ACT scores.

Students can also take advantage of the school's Tuition Installment Plan, which breaks tuition into 4 monthly payments. Graduate students are charged a per credit rate, with 6 credits a semester considered full-time attendance. They may be eligible for scholarships, fellowships, and research or teaching assistantships.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Undergraduate certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 23,279 undergraduates and 3,478 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 16 dorm and suite-style options; 4 themed living areas; 3 family housing options*
Schools and Programs 8 colleges; more than 300 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Economics (366)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (106)
Doctorate: Psychology (16)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 27% in 4 years
55% in 6 years
60% in 8 years (students who started in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 97% in 2010**
Entering Class Size 3,113 in 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates 72% for full-time and 52% for part-time students**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% of Fall 2010 students scored between 20 and 27 (composite)**
Undergraduate Application Due Date April 1 for fall semester*
Tuition $5,560 per year for Utah students and $15,860 per year for out-of-state students (for 2011-2012)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For 2010-2011: Federal grants (31%), state and local grants (53%), institutional grants or scholarships (29%), federal student loans (30%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% in 2010-2011 academic year**

Sources: *Utah State University, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions Office, Utah State University, Taggart Student Center Room 102, 0160 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322
  • Phone: (800) 488-8108
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