Within Salt Lake City, UT, students can choose from a diverse blend of traditional public and private non-profit post-secondary institutions, including a state university, private 4-year institutions, and a public community college. They can also venture just outside of the city for more options. To help students choose which of these schools works best for them, we use data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to compare the schools across four important categories.
Closest Schools to Salt Lake City, Utah
There are five schools located within Salt Lake City itself, so if being close to the city is important to you, you might want to consider these schools first. They are a mixture of public and private non-profit schools, and all but Salt Lake Community College offer 4-year degrees.
- Westminster College (2.5 miles from downtown)
- University of Utah (3 miles from downtown)
- Independence University (6.7 miles from downtown)
- Salt Lake Community College (6.7 miles from downtown)
- Stevens-Henager College (6.7 miles from downtown)
Largest Schools Near Salt Lake City, Utah
The schools in the area vary greatly in the size of their student populations. If you want to attend a large school, you may want to consider the University of Utah, which enrolled 31,592 students in the 2014-2015 school year, according to the NCES. The next five largest schools in and around Salt Lake City vary from between more than 29,000 students to under 2,000, and are a mixture of public and private schools with 2- and 4-year degrees.
- Salt Lake Community College (29,350 students)
- Independence University (6,025 students)
- Davis Applied Technology College (3,188 students)
- Westminster College (2,821 students)
- Stevens-Henager College (1,125 students)
Lowest Net Price
Students who attend schools with a low net price may have less debt upon graduation, making tuition fees a key consideration when choosing a school. A school's net price reflects the total cost of attendance for full-time undergraduate students, less the average amount of government and institutional aid that students receive, according to the NCES. The net price for schools in the Salt Lake City area ranges from over $7,000 to more than $27,000 annually. The two most affordable schools are public institutions. The following five schools had the area's lowest net prices in 2014-2015:
- Salt Lake Community College ($7,619)
- University of Utah ($12,136)
- Westminster College ($23,075)
- Stevens-Henager College ($26,456)
- Independence University ($27,826)
Highest Graduation Rate
Students may weigh a school's success by looking at its graduation rate, which is determined by calculating the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who graduate in 150% of 'normal time' (which is classed as six years for a 4-year degree). The traditional, not-for-profit schools in the Salt Lake City area had an overall graduation rate ranging from 64% to 11%, but the following five had the highest graduation rates in 2014-2015.
- University of Utah (64% graduation rate)
- Independence University (63% graduation rate)
- Westminster College (62% graduation rate)
- Davis Applied Technology College (48% graduation rate)
- Stevens-Henager College (19% graduation rate)
Salt Lake City offers potential students a range of options in central or suburban locations, including different degree choices, school types, sizes, net prices, and graduation rates.