University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

#148 National Colleges

62.12% Admission Rate
Not Very Selective

23,432 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, medium full-time , selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential

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The University of Utah (U of U, UofU, or simply The U) is a public research university in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the flagship institution of the Utah System of Higher Education. The university was established in 1850 as the University of Deseret ( (listen)) by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, making it Utah's oldest institution of higher education. It received its current name in 1892, four years before Utah attained statehood, and moved to its current location in 1900.As of Fall 2019, there were 24,485 undergraduate students and 8,333 graduate students, for an enrollment total of 32,818, making it the second largest public university in the state after Utah Valley University. Graduate studies include the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the School of Medicine, Utah's first medical school. It is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". According to the National Science Foundation, the university received $552 million in research and development funding in 2018, ranking it 45th in the nation. In addition, the university's Honors College has been reviewed among 100 leading national Honors Colleges in the U.S. The university's health care system includes four hospitals, including the University of Utah Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Institute, along with twelve community clinics and specialty centers such as the Moran Eye Center. The university's athletic teams, the Utes, participate in NCAA Division I athletics (FBS for football) as a member of the Pac-12 Conference.

Twenty-two Rhodes Scholars, four Nobel Prize winners, three Turing Award winners, eight MacArthur Fellows, various Pulitzer Prize winners, two astronauts, Gates Cambridge Scholars, and Churchill Scholars have been affiliated with the university as students, researchers, or faculty members in its history.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000)

Rocky Mountains (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 12.9%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 12.4%
Engineering 9.5%
Health Professions And Related Programs 7.8%
Visual And Performing Arts 6.8%
Psychology 6.5%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 6.5%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 5.4%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 5.4%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3.7%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 3.1%
Physical Sciences 3.1%
English Language And Literature/Letters 2.6%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2.3%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 2.1%
Mathematics And Statistics 1.8%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1.7%
Education 1.3%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 1.2%
Natural Resources And Conservation 1.2%
Architecture And Related Services 1.0%
History 0.9%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.7%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.0%


In State Tuition

Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1242 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 700 635 570
Verbal 680 627 573

ACT Scores

26 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 28 25 22
English 31 27 22