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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

Academics: I'm working in a lab right now, and there are opportunities to get paid for it. I haven't gotten to the difficult workload yet, but it will be hard.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most the professors know what they are talking about and have a passion for the topic. They are animated and eager to teach what they know. The workload is very reasonable and tests are not too hard if you have studied.

4 College Junior

Academics: I am in the social work program and although every program has its down falls I really love mine! The curriculum is great, the faculty is educated and kind.

4 College Junior

Academics: I've been pleased with the academics at this university.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Its okay depending on which department you are in. I took 2 courses in Social Work and was very frustrated by the starch views the faculty as a whole had on many morally debatable issues.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 20th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 28th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 126th
    Best Course Variety
  • 217th
    Best Registration Process
  • 268th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brian Washburn
Hometown
Salt Lake City, UT
Major
Marketing/Finance
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If you’re looking for the best academic institution in the world, the U of U will definitely catch you by surprise. The U has plenty of great teachers, and simply because of its sheer size, there’s a wide variety to choose from. It’s wise to ask around to get the scoop on which teachers are the best, but you can also look up student course evaluations of teachers at the campus information Web site. There are world-class professors here with national awards and honors. Plus, the students are great and helpful, too. For the money, the U of U cannot be beat! 

Some academic departments, such as ballet and theater, are consistently ranked high. The University's health science programs are successful and very well funded, earning the U accreditation as a Research I university. The U’s business school is never as highly rated as its rival, BYU’s business school, but it has produced more millionaires than BYU has. The U is constantly growing and improving, as it is in the process of building a state-of-the-art business center and a brand-new building for microbiology. The U is at the vanguard for technology and innovation.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,300
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
474
Total FT Faculty
3,059
Faculty with Terminal Degree
82%
Average Faculty Salary
$85,878
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
67%
Transfer-Out Rate
29%
Graduation Rate
59%
Programs/Majors Offered
172
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 students: 41%
  • 50 or more students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Mines & Earth Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Science
  • College of Social & Behavioral Science
  • College of Social Work
  • David Eccles School of Business
  • Honors College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Mass Communication: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online courses are not semester based. Students can register for a course at any time and then they have up to nine months from the start date to complete the course. If students don't finish the course after nine months, they can purchase up to six one-month extensions.
Best Places to Study
  • Computer lab/anywhere in Union Building
  • CRCC Building (C. Roland Christensen Center)
  • Marriott Library
  • On the U's ample green space
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't waste money on the $120 U parking pass; go for the $60 E pass (and if you can avoid it, don't waste money on parking at all).
  • Find classes that count for double credit (such as classes within your major that also apply to your gen eds).
  • Pick your major early and stick with it.
  • Sit close to the front of the class and participate in classroom discussions; because many classes are large, you won't get noticed if you don't try.
  • Take exercise and sports science classes for credit; they count as electives, they're good for you, and generally you have little to no homework.
  • Visit your teacher during office hours to talk about assignments.
Did You Know?
  • The U was a venue for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Olympics brought the U its spectacular, world-class residence halls, its refurbished stadium, a light rail line that connects the upper and lower sides of campus with downtown, and ample bragging rights for the next 25 years.
  • The University of Utah is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River, originally named the University of Deseret when it was founded in 1850.
  • The department of ballet has been ranked in the top three in North America and is the nation's first university ballet degree program.
  • The U of U is the birthplace of the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide student business competition. Winners of the competition receive start-up cash to turn their business proposal into a reality.
  • The U is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of 50 comprehensive Research I universities from among 3,700 U.S. institutions.
  • The Honors Program at the U is the third oldest in the nation.
  • The Bachelor of University Studies enables students to custom-craft their own majors.
  • The Huntsman Cancer Institute on campus has the largest genetic database in the world, comprising more than three million records. Because of Utah's extensive family history records, it's an ideal location for genetic research and testing.
  • In 1982, perhaps the most famous heart transplant of all time took place at the University of Utah when Dr. Barney Clark was implanted with the Jarvik-7 artificial heart.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 21% Gordon B. Hinckley - president of LDS Church
  • 19% J. Willard Marriott Sr. - Marriott founder
  • 15% J. Willard Marriott Jr. - CEO of Marriott Corp.
  • 13% Ed Catmull - co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios
  • 8% Robert K. Jarvik - inventor of the artificial heart
  • 8% Stephen Covey - consultant, best-selling author
  • 8% Keith Van Horn - NBA player
  • 4% Rocky Anderson - mayor of Salt Lake City
  • 2% Nolan Bushnell - co-founder of Atari, invented Pong
  • 2% Andrew Bogut
  • 2% Alex Smith
  • 0% Alan Ashton - co-founder of WordPerfect Corp
  • 0% EJ "Jake" Garn - U.S. senator (R) from Utah
  • 0% Terry Tempest Williams - author
  • 0% Andre Miller - NBA player

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  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 91 responses

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  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
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