Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Percent Women: 45%
Tuition (one year): Non-Resident: $21,296 Resident: $6,706
Most popular majors: Psychology, Mass Communication, Exercise and Sport Science, Human Development and Family Studies, Economics, Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 82.6 %
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit the University of Utah’s website at www.admissions.utah.edu
Why Choose Utah?
"There is no school in the rest of the world that offers a better program than the U. Entertainment Arts and Engineering at the University of Utah is the #1 program in the nation for all things game design."
"I am a huge outdoor enthusiast and really enjoy snowboarding. Naturally, with Utah being known for the "Greatest Snow on Earth," I wanted to attend a school in Utah. The University of Utah was my best fit."
“The dance program is really established here. Also, Salt Lake City offers a huge dance scene in modern, ballet, jazz, etc.”
"The in-state tuition when compared to similar schools on the east-coast is significantly less expensive, on average around $10,000 cheaper. Also, it was by far the best bang for my buck out of any school I looked at on both the east and west coast.
“We are ranked as the 10th best National University for Pharmacy. I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else after I heard that.”
"An aspect I really like about the U is the Associated Students of the Univerisity of Utah (ASUU), and the Union Programming Council (UPC). I especially like the free concerts they put on like Red Fest, and the Grand Kerfuffle. No matter the event being put on, they really make every student feel like they're apart of campus life."
"Our school really knows how to come together. We have some of the most caring faculty, staff, and students. Everyone is always willing to help others and make a difference. It's really nice to see. We are just one big, loving community!"
"We are Pac 12! The athletic teams are so talented, the fans have amazing spirit, and the Muss is just a world of its own. What a proud 'Utah man/fan am I'!"
"The academics here are just phenomenal! I go to class knowing and feeling confident that I am getting some of the best education that is offered. The professors here are so innovative that it makes classes here so enjoyable."
"The University of Utah really cares about the environment. The Sustainability Resource Center is a good place to visit and to see everything they are doing to make our school green. They even put on events to show the importance of our quality of air and how we need to take the pollution in Salt Lake City more seriously. I am new to this state so, such bad air quality is new to me and the Sustainability Resource Center helped bring me in the know. I also love the farmer's market they put on."
"The parking at the U is just terrible! They sell more parking permits than parking spots. Every morning it is an all out battle for a spot. You would think at such a big school, that is known for their high number of commuting students, there would be more parking available. If your first class starts any later than 9:00 a.m., good luck!"
"I think the counseling at the U could be improved. They can be helpful, but I do wish there was a little more guidance and suggestions being made. I sometimes feel like every appointment I have turns out to be the exact same and nothing is accomplished."
"On snowy, winter days the school could do a little bit better at cleaning up campus and salting. There are so many slippery areas and almost every snowy day you see someone fall. I know I have taken my fair share of embarrassing spills on campus."
"I live on campus and depend on the shuttles to get me to class. I think they could use one or two more shuttles running from the HC to the Union, especially in the morning. When a shuttle comes it is either super packed that only a couple more students can fit on, or no one can fit on. If they had more shuttles running, the shuttles wouldn't be so packed and not as many students would be waiting."
New Collegiette on Campus
"The University of Utah makes it really easy to be a freshmen on campus. There are so many different events that are held to help you find out which student group is right for you. The U is big on campus involvement and being involved just makes college that more fun."
"My freshman year of school I got completely lost trying to find my classes. The names for the buildings are all acrynoms so, it can be confusing trying to figure out which side of campus the building is on. The other students on campus were so willing to help me. Someone even stopped and asked me if I needed help because I looked lost. It's nice to know the other students have your back."
"The living situation on campus is pretty great. The dorm rooms are nice. They were just built in 2002 for the Olympics. I live in the freshman dorms in Chapel Glen 804. It is a complete party up on the third floor. All of the students living in the freshman dorms are super chill and the RA's aren't that bad either."
"Living on campus is actually really nice. I've never had much to complain about. During the warmer months it's always a good time because there is so much activity happening outside. Everyone gravitates out there to hang out playing frisbee, soccer, doing skateboard tricks, or to just sit around."
"Greek life is huge on campus! They are always looking to recruite new members and there is definitely a sorority for every type of girl. Even if you are not the Greek life type of person, everyone is the Greek system is super nice and welcoming. The Greek system also sponsors a lot of events on campus so, it is definitely worth getting involved with."
All About Academics
"The academics at the U are pretty great. There are so many tools and resources available to help students succeed. At the University of Utah failing is not an option. Professors, TA's, and other students are so willing to help you so you don't fall behind."
"The registration for classes is pretty easy. It's by appointment, and you are given a time and day on the CIS page for when you are allowed to start signing up. It is really easy to get into the classes you want as long as you do not wait. If you take advantage of your appointment time you will get any class you want, but if you wait you will have to make some compromises with your schedule."
"Getting through college in 4 years is very do able here with most majors. In my opinion though, if you are apart of the David Eccles School of Business you might experience a year as a super senior. You really have to keep your GPA flawless because there are requirements you have to meet in order to even major in Accounting, Marketing, Finance, etc. It can be hard and really time consuming, and you have to be willing to really commit."
"The Marriot Library is definitely the most popular place to study, the third floor especially. In my opinion, you can't get much done at the librarty unless you have incredible self control because when I'm there I either socialize with everyone or people watch. I get distracted very easily."
"The library is a great place to study. There are so many different areas to set up fort and get your work done. My favorite place is the group rooms. You can write on the glass walls with dry erase markers. It makes for a great learning tool for people like me who are visual learners."
Learn from the Best
"Most of the professors here are really nice. My absolute favorite professor is Tariq Mughal. He is the type of professor who just wants to see all of his students succeed. He's hilarious, very engaging, and his classes are pretty entertaining. When I took one of his classes, he walked into the room on our final exam day and every student started clapping for him. I have never seen any other professor get a standing ovation, especially on the day of a final exam."
"My favorite professor is Avery Holton. He is very smart, funny, engaging, and drives his students to learn. He's all about inspiring us to do more. Avery gives us the tools we need and let's us create with them. He is just a really nice guy who truly cares about us."
"One of the best classes offered here is called Power Basics taught by Professor Alan Sandomir. It is a great business class that is all about seeking, wielding, and gaining power. It is definitely a beneficial class that will help you in the real world."
"There is a class in the Sociology department called Special Topics: Murder in America". It is taught by Professor Larry Bench and it is the only class that is based off of the FBI. This class teaches students to get a better understanding of what constitutes murder, and to investigate its overall role and function to society and the criminal justice system."
Interests & Involvement
"There are so many different groups to become apart of on campus. There is definitely a student group for everyone, from rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding clubs, to Harry Potter and student government groups. On the ASUU website there is a complete index of every group you can join."
"Students on campus are really big on Greek life that majority of them are apart of a sorority or fraternity. There are many different chapters to choose from and there is definitely a house for everyone. Greek life also has a lot of involvement on campus, there are always events going on."
"Some of the most popular groups on campus are definitely those apart of ASUU. ASUU is in charge of all student groups and student government, sororities and fraternities, sustainability club, and Your Campus Life. These groups are always a good time and worth becoming apart of!"
"It is super easy to start your own campus group. The U is really big on campus involvement. There are requirements for each group though and there is an application process through ASUU, but they will work with you to help make sure your student group is approved."
"A group that I am apart of on campus is called Beta Alpha Psi. It is an academic group for students majoring in accounting, finance, and information systems. This group helps students become familiar with jobs in those fields in the real world and allows you to network with professionals. It is a great way to get your name out there."
"Our team spirit is shown in every way possible! Our school supports our sports teams to no limit. No matter the weather, we are always there yelling and cheering for our teams. People go all out in red and black, even with face and body paint!"
"Everyone wants to be apart of the MUSS! It is one of the biggest student cheering sections. When it comes to game time all disagreements and issues are forgotten and everyone is friends. Students will do anything to get tickets in the front section."
"I love the school spirit at our school! No matter the sport, whether it is football, basketball, gymnastics, or swimming, each sport is highly supported. The stadiums are always packed with students cheering their fellow classmates on. It's not just students either, the community of Salt Lake City is so amazing! There is never an empty seat."
"Oh man, people buy their tickets to our sporting events months in advance! If they don't, they won't be able to go to the games. The football games are definitely something to experience. The excitement, ethusiasm, and just the atmosphere in general is so much fun. Our fans can get intensely into the games and that makes it so much fun. GO UTES!"
"It is just a sea of red! There is nothing like it!"
"Girl power is all over this campus. In all of my business classes, or just gen. ed. classes, the subject of women empowerment always comes up. Women are fighting for equality in the work force right now, and that will definitely not be forgotten on the University of Utah campus."
"The ladies on campus do not particularly dress a certain way, everyone just dresses how they feel most comfortable. I would say the style is more laidback and relaxed. Leggings are still huge right now, and everyone wears TOM's shoes."
"A new women's group just started on campus. It's called Women in Business. It's a group focused on women paving the way in business. Oh yeah, and Her Campus Utah has come back to our campus as well! I'm super excited about that!"
"The women on campus here are all really nice. We have a lot of foreign exchange students here so, there are definitely different types of girls coming from different backgrounds and cultures. It's cool to see them all together, it makes the Utah women seem unstoppable, and they probably are too!
"Lexie and Lindsay Kite just graduated from the U. They started a nonprofit organization called Beauty Redefined and it's all about women seeing themselves in a positive way. It's also about changing the image of women. If that isn't Utah girl power, I don't know what is."
Food & Drink
"There are so many different places to eat on campus, especially in the student union. There is our food court, which of course has food like a school cafeteria, but we also have places like Panda Express, Jamba Juice, Einstein's Bagels, Starbucks (up by the med school), and more on campus. The food options here do not get old."
"My favorite place to eat on campus is in the Humanities building. The restaurant in there is called Tony Caputo's, it is so good! They have the best sandwiches ever. Such a nice change from regular University food."
"The HC up by the dorms has decent food. In the beginning of the year it's definitely great and all the choices excite you, but as the year goes on the food is not that great anymore. Thankfully, TRAX is very accessible on campus and in downtown Salt Lake City so, you can just hop on and go to a good restaurant."
"The best food in the HC is the grilled cheese sandwiches. I love ordering one with a side a fry sauce. It's definitely not the healthiest choice, but I can't help it! It is so good!"
"There is definitely a good social scene at the U, and something for everyone. Most underclassmen frequent frat parties or house parties, while upperclassmen go to frat parties or the bars. There is even a good social scene for those who do not drink. There is the Institute for people of the LDS religion. They always have something fun going on."
"ASUU puts together some pretty good events on campus. We have Crimson Nights, which is held in the student union, Redfest and Grand Kerfuffle concerts, movies being played, and different dances throughout the year. There is something for everyone whether you enjoy partying or more lowkey nights."
"The Institute and the different wards on campus have family home evenings. Those are nights where everyone gets together and plays boardgames and we eat food. It's always nice getting together with a big group of your friends."
"Now that I am of drinking age I really like to go out to the bars here in Salt Lake, downtown is always a chill time. My favorite bar is Dick and Dixie's. It's a laidback, chill bar and the Real Salt Lake team frequents there."
"The housing on campus is actually nice. The dorm rooms were just built for the Olympics when they were held in Salt Lake City in 2002. The freshman dorms are separate from the upperclassman. The most popular buuildings to live in are Chapel Glen, which are co-ed dorms. You live in a suite that consists of two rooms and one bathroom. There are four people to a suite. It's nice because instead of just one roommate you really have three."
"The dorms are very safe and clean. You have to swipe your student ID card to get into the building so, its not like anyone can get in. There is also campus security who roam around campus and up by the dorms to make sure nothing dangerous is happening."
"The process of getting a roommate is pretty straight forward. You are given the chance to pick what building, room, and roommate you want depending on availability. If you pick a room and you start talking to your roommate and you don't get along, you can actually move to a different room if there is an open place before the move in date."
"Most people live on campus their first year of school to meet people and make friends. After that, everyone either moves back home or moves into an apartment by 1300 east, Foothill, or in Sugar House. Those are the best locations for living off campus.
"The U actually just built new dorms for Honors students last year. The building is beautiful and I heard the rooms are awesome too! I wouldn't know though, I haven't been inside, but I'm definitely jealous of the people who live there."
Exploring Salt Lake City
"The Salty City is a beautiful place. My favorite part is Temple Square. It's right in the heart of the city and it is where the LDS temple is located. Every Christmas they light up all of the trees with tons and tons of lights, and it's beautiful! People just flock to Temple Square during the holidays."
"One of my favorite restaurants in Salt Lake City is Maxwell's East Coast Eatery. The service is great and the food is great! Being from the east coast this place is my home away from home. They are famous for their Fat Kid pizza, which tastes like it belongs on the Jersey Shore or in New York City. They also have great brunch and bloody mary bar on Saturdays and Sundays to help nurse your hangover after a night of partying in their night club! The coolest thing too is that they were just featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! Definitely a hot spot here in Salt Lake."
"My favorite place in Salt Lake City is Smith's Ballpark, where the Salt Lake City Bees and Utah Utes baseball teams play. I love baseball and everything about the atmosphere of a ballpark. This is the closest you get to a major league team in Salt Lake City, but it is just as fun! A great summer activity."
"If you live in Salt Lake City you have to experience 900 east and 900 south. It is a one of the best areas in the city. There are so many different restaurants, local boutiques, gelato parlors, and theatres all within a block of eachother. In the summertime there is also a farmers market. It's so much fun around there."
"Liberty Park is a very clean, beautiful park! Great for any type of get together, picnic, playing Frisbee, going for a jog, run or walk. It's pet friendly as well so, I like to take my dog with me everytime. I also love the built-in activities they have like paddleboats, drum circle, carnival rides, and the Tracy Aviary. My opinion, this is one of the greatest parks in SLC!"
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