Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Undergrads
17,518
Tuition (in-state)
$22,642 ($7,139)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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).

4 College Junior

Majors: Each major has steps to achieve major status, which is the equivalent of getting full access to the classes offered to students in that major. I didn't encounter any difficulties or challenges.

2 College Junior

Majors: I enrolled in the Honors Program immediately upon admission into the university. It's incredibly underwhelming. I see no real effort of the classes to make the course extraordinary or "Honors-level." It seems like you have to jump through a bunch of hoops to get a measly designation on your diploma, and a complete waste of time. Everything listed on their website is really just waving a banner and saying "look how great we are!"

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There has been a crazy lady mugging numerous people, an armed robbery, sexual assaults, and several attempted kidnappings that happened throughout my first year but campus police does an awesome job at warning people and giving tips on how to be safe

4 College Junior

Facilities: When new buildings get built, they look astounding! However, some of the bulidings, especially Orson Spencer Hall are very, very old, and need to be replaced. The library is world-class, and has lots of study spots located inside. There is a new sports hall being built, so that will be exciting to see. The classrooms vary from being musty to comfy, and the computer labs are the same. Dining and on-campus food options are great. Aesthetics of the buildings depend on the buildings themselves; like I mentioned, some old buildings are ugly, but some of the new ones are downright gorgeous. Housing is actually pretty mediocre, excluding the brand-new and beautiful Marriott Honors Dorms. The campus makes a great effort to make the lawns look beautiful and well-kept. All in all, the campus is very pretty, and I've even shown some of my non-attending friends and family around campus to demonstrate how great it looks.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is awesome. All the rooms are suite style so no communal bathrooms. Rooms are pretty big.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are tons of interesting majors to choose from!

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The union has a great variety of choices but up at the dining halls it is awful.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Mostly, academic strictness is enforced by the instructors themselves. Strictness during social events is relegated mostly during sporting events and Crimson Nights, and in the dorms, the resident advisers are responsible for administering justice. However, because most of the residents are friends with the RAs, they usually get let off easy when they break the rules.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Unless you are in a frat or sorority, its hard to find parties, especially if underage

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love going to eat food with my girlfriend. There are a ton of great options, and if you know what to get on the menu, you can get your money's worth! Some very nice places include The Copper Onion, The Paris, and a great sushi place called Shogun Sushi, which has a phenomenal Happy Hour special late at night. There is also the nearby City Creek Mall, which has a great food court, and there are some fast food places available to appease your palate.

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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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