Salt Lake City, UT
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Reviews 2605 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The frat parties are really fun. Girls can get into any frat party but guys have a very difficult time getting in.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have not applied for financial aid

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I met my girlfriend here, and she's the love of my life, and has everything I'm looking for and more. It was complete chance that I met her, but I feel incredibly lucky and overjoyed to have her in my life. I don't really pay attention to the girls aside from studying with them, but they're smart, driven, and fun. I'm sure that there are plenty of great girls for guys to date, and vice versa. I have met some of my best friends, and they're not only dedicated to their work, but also looking to have some fun. I haven't met anyone I truly disliked.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Some of the RA's are okay with students drinking in dorms as long as they don't see or hear it and they aren't bothering anyone. Other will see an empty bottle as decoration or a candle (not lit) and write you up for it. As far as officers on campus I have seen them few times.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I have Dining Dollars, which is a great way to pay for food. You can put as much money as you want on your uCard, and you get 10% off every purchase. I also go to the Union for lunch, or the downstairs cafe in the Marriott Honors Community, which was very convenient. There's a lot of options to choose from, but I've never seen any food places open late at night. While the food tastes great, especially at the Crimson View, it's not exactly healthy, and I haven't seen any healthy options aside from Jamba Juice.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are so many places to study and hangout on campus. It is beautiful and there are so many new buildings.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We do get campus-wide alerts via email or text, but it's still a little distressing that crimes happen so close to the university. We get an alert every now and then for a mugging or an attempted kidnapping on the corner of campus. Perhaps the security should focus on the outskirts of campus, where crimes are more likely to happen, than patrolling the campus when students are in class.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived in off-campus housing, so I cannot give an appropriate answer.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I think it's annoying that financial aid is only based off of the FAFSA; this means that families that are deemed stable enough don't get any aid, when in reality, they are the ones that need the aid the most. And the maximum amount of financial aid from the school is pitiful: it's only $400 a semester! That's enough to buy two books...

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football games are most attended out of all the sports. If you have never been to a gymnastic meet it is a must!

3 College Junior

Nightlife: To be completely honest, I don't party that much. My classes are very rigorous, so I spend a lot of time studying. On occasion, I go to a party, but it's mostly with my friends to play video games. Otherwise, I talk to my roommates.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Up at the dorms most people were either asian or white. Other than that, on campus the majority of people were white. Not many people were obviously homosexual. Political views were very diverse.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Campus dining offers quite a variety of options to pick from as far as food choices go. There isn't a ton of healthy options and it is about as bad price-wise as eating out anywhere else, but overall a pretty good choice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: The Greek atmosphere up the U isn't as big as at other schools, at least for those students who are focusing on doing well in school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Because it's near downtown Salt Lake City, the prices for a lot of these places are very overpriced.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is plenty of night life around, it all depends on what you are looking for. I'd say that overall the party scene has a negative impact on the student experience, but it again all depends on what you are looking for.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It really depends on what you are majoring in, but overall the internships that are offered can be very top of the line. You just have to know what you are looking for.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I'm still currently trying to get into the accounting program and it is the most difficult program in the entire business school to get into. You have to be averaging at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA to be even considered and then your accounting GPA better be pretty high as well.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The library on campus is great! They really put a lot into it when they first built it and it really has stood the test of time!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is the biggest sport we have on campus although our soccer is overlooked. I did play inter-murals, that was fun but the times were in conflict with my work and school schedule.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I really didn't like eating on campus. I normally went out and bought my own food just because there weren't many choices and I am very picky about my food.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I am still looking at getting money for school, I do have a college fund but it wont last all 4 years so I need to find scholarships, but most of them seem to be for the medical students.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a mass Communications major, looking to become a radio DJ and/or a journalist for music! I have taken a radio class that was one of the most entertaining classes I have taken.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am trying to find more scholarships although many of the seem to be mainly for the medical students, where I am a communications student.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I have gone to most of the concerts at the U just because I am apart of them although I havent gone to a crimson night or any of the "parties".


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Brian Washburn
Salt Lake City, UT
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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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