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Salt Lake City, UT
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17,518
Tuition (in-state)
$22,642 ($7,139)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My tuition is a bit different than most. My mother works for the University of Utah Hospital, which gives me half-price tuition. I received a private scholarship from an anonymous donor. I was requested to write a thank you note, which I did and mail it off with my acceptance letter. Coming into the Fall semester for 2013, a hold was placed on my tuition bill. My scholarship was almost revoked because the thank you note was lost in one of their buildings.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Their are many students of different ethnic/racial diversity. State political beliefs are more conservative where as on campus it is a little more liberal, but not by much. The LDS church is located in Salt Lake and many students associated with this religion, but other religious affiliations are seen on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The U offers a wide selection of various academic and non-academic classes. The University of Utah is a research school, with many of the professors lecturing and researching at the same time, and many of their lectures cover what they have or are researching. The main library on campus is one of the most popular study areas. Located right in the middle of campus, windows surround each side of the library giving natural light throughout. Some teachers are more popular than others and registering for the classes may take some luck. The registration process is done by academic level and last name.

College Sophomore

Academics: It really depends on the major. Some students can easily double, even triple major because of how closely those majors are to each other. While others only chose to major in one area based on the workload of their major. Some programs are far more challenging than others. But almost each program has or is getting a brand new facility.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding a convenient location to live off-campus can be a challenge. Right below campus is incredibly expensive with little to no available options. Parking is also an issue with little to no available spots on the narrow streets. In Utah taking TRAX up to the U is one of the most convenient options for students. Many stops along the train line have affordable apartments near-by

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Their are several options for on campus dining throughout all of campus. Menus cover almost every possible genre of food available. Meal plans can be used in the campus dinning halls or at locations on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at the U is one of the most popular social groups to join on campus. It really depends on the sorority or fraternity that people are in. Some sororities/fraternities do more for the campus and surrounding community than others. Depending on possible pledges interests they can easily find a Greek house to join.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Living in Utah and right on the Wasatch mountains has many students: guys and girls, living active lives. Many are into hiking, biking, and running during the summer months, and turn to winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The University of Utah is a research orientated school. Finding an internship can be quite easy. The U has a program called UROP, which is a student based research program. Students get the opportunity to work with qualified professors, many who are at the top of their field.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Many students are accepted into their program. With UROP, their is a 96% acceptance rate. Their is no abnormal application process, students simply apply almost like they are applying for a research grant.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Depending on the situation, school policies can have some affect on students' academic and/or social lives. Athletes are held to higher standards than a typical student, with NCAA ruling. Most students can get away with a lot of different aspects.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Wish the dorms were closer to campus

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Wish there was more organic options

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great school for medical or scientific careers

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The football games are huge

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There isnt very much variety and the people working in the food carts arent very pleasant with the students.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus parking is extremely strict which is ridiculous because they only have limited parking

4 College Junior

Facilities: The library and student centers are extremely large and made comfortable for the students.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone is really involved with the football games and have a lot of school spirit.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The people are kind of snobby and exclusive to their specific groups. They are also way too expensive to join if you are an average student

4 College Junior

Nightlife: It is fun but needs to be advertised more if its at the university.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I dont live on campus so im not entirely sure but they look very clean and organized

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are no student discounts anywhere which makes it difficult to afford a lot of places therefor you eat cheap fast food more often

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love walking around downtown, either eating out or just enjoying movies or fun new festivals around the city.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: For this review, I'm only going to talk about living in the Marriott Honors Community Dorms. I moved in the very first year they built the facility, and the complex is excellent. The building itself is jaw-dropping (when I first moved in, that's what happened, no joke!) Every floor is a different resident community, so it's fairly engaged. Everybody on your floor becomes your friend, and it's great to relax or hangout with them. However, rule enforcement is incredibly lax, the housing application is a complete headache (the facility is so beautiful, that literally thousands of people apply), and the cost of housing is enormous (around $700 a month).

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Brian Washburn
Hometown
Salt Lake City, UT
Major
Marketing/Finance
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The University of Utah is a campus of contrasts. On the one hand, it’s cold, bureaucratic, and impersonal, but on the other hand, because it’s so large, there's no shortage of opportunities in which to distinguish yourself, groups to join, or people to meet. On the one hand, it’s a bleak commuter campus, but on the other hand, you have arguably the finest on-campus housing in the United States. You have the LDS Institute of Religion on the South Side of campus and Greek Row on the North Side of campus. You have a magnificent light rail system to get to school, and you have a harsh, brutal parking system if you drive.

The trick to having a rich experience at the U is to get involved. If you live off campus and only come to school to “go to school,” then your good old college days will be very bland, indeed. There is no campus community; there simply isn’t. But there are dozens and dozens of sub-communities on campus to find and become a part of. People who enjoy the U are those who take ownership of their education and college experience. Those who complain about it are generally those who just sit back, waiting for someone else to make college great for them. There is a very clear divide between Mormon and non-Mormon students. This can be difficult to overcome but easier for people from out of state. One of the reasons there’s less of a community feel on campus is the “us versus them” attitude that some students and faculty take, which is really too bad.

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