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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 Junior

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

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

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

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!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The internet radio station is mainly where I am at. I became a radio dj in November after stating in August. In May I became the Event Director for the station. The campus life is good, although I haven't had much to do with it. I am part of planning the concerts on campus and getting the station well known.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 8th
    Best Library
  • 80th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 86th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 135th
    Best Student Centers
  • 228th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brian Washburn
Hometown
Salt Lake City, UT
Major
Marketing/Finance
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The U has some pretty good facilities. They are not the best in the nation, by any means, and there are quite a few buildings that could use a facelift (Orson Spencer Hall is probably the worst of the lot), but there are also quite a few that are brand-new or are currently being constructed. The University Hospital recently finished construction on a 10-year ordeal that added four new wings to the hospital and made it one of the nicest hospitals in the state. A new business building is in the works and will hopefully be completed by 2013. They are also working on a new microbiology building, as well. 

In terms of recreational facilities, the gym is OK; it is very open and looks like they just converted an old warehouse into the field house. However, it does the trick, and it is always packed. There are multiple rooms for squash and racquetball—just don't forget your UCard or else you'll have to pay the $5 fee. The Babcock Theatre is a cozy environment to take in student-produced plays for cheap. The U also boasts a professional theater (Pioneer Theatre Company), the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and the nearby Red Butte Garden. One thing to note about the U’s facilities is the green space. The U has a firm commitment to keeping its campus green, with stretches of lawn that beautify and provide ample space to stretch and relax. The squirrels are often seen running from tree to tree, which adds to the environmental aspect of the campus, as well.  

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
496
Campus Size
1,534 acres
Student Centers
A. Ray Olpin University Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Marriott Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Anywhere on campus lawn
  • The Latter-day Saint Institute of Religion
  • Marriott Library
  • The Pie Pizzeria
  • The Union
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
On the first floor of the A. Ray Olpin University Union
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Bookstore
  • In the Marriott Library
  • In the Union
Movie Theater on Campus
  • Fort Douglas
  • In the Heritage Commons
  • In the Union
"Green" Initiatives
U of U is working on a project that helps conserve water and treat pollution, with two rain gardens designed to clean polluted storm water from nearby roadways and parking lots. There's also a Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund Program where each student pays $2.50 per semester and then every student is able to start a green project on campus.
School Slang
  • ASUU: The abbreviated form for the Associated Students of the University of Utah, the student government
  • BYU: Brigham Young University is the other big university in Utah, and the U's rival. It is privately owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Chrony: Abbreviated name for The Daily Utah Chronicle, the U's award-winning student newspaper
  • Commuter campus: Virtually every qualifying statement about the U begins or ends with the phrase "because it's a commuter campus." Since so many students live off campus (sometimes in other cities) and drive or take public transport to school, it is a "commuter┬ácampus."
  • Greek Row: The creatively named row of houses for fraternities and sororities along the north side of campus
  • Hookup card: ASUU produces a free card designed to help "hook you up" with deals and discounts throughout the Salt Lake Valley (more formally called the "student discount card").
  • The MUSS: Student section of Rice-Eccles Stadium. The second verse of the U of U fight song includes the phrase "no other gang of college men dare meet us in a muss." "Muss" is an archaic, early-20th-century term that means something like "brawl." In 2002, one clever Chrony columnist made fun of what a ridiculous fight song the U has, focusing specifically on that silly "muss" term. In response, the U Football Fan Club printed up a huge sign which reads "The Muss" and put it up in the student section-where no other gang of college men dare meet us.
  • Parking Nazi: Derogatory term for parking enforcement. Dressed in red, white, and black, these jack-booted thugs patrol campus on bicycles and mercilessly and brutally hand out parking tickets like, well, Nazis.
Traditions
  • BYU-Utah Game: Nothing gets the crowds out more than a showdown between the Utah Utes and the BYU Cougars. Because Provo is only 40 minutes away from Salt Lake City, it's very easy for fans from both teams to attend games (football is the most popular in this regard, of course). The week preceding the game, expect a media bonanza, pranks, and lots of people wearing red (or blue, if they're pro-BYU). Folks at BYU plastic wrap all the statues on campus so U students don't come deface them (which we never do, anyway), and there's an annual competition to see which school can raise the most cans of food for the hungry. The U always wins this competition.
  • Classic Greek Festival: Every fall, the theater department stages a dawn showing of a classic Greek play (typically "Oedipus the King"). It's a great show, if you don't mind waking up before the crack of dawn.
  • Homecoming Week : If there's a famine of campus traditions for most of the year, the U makes up for it during Homecoming Week with a Greek house decorating contest, a "3 club" golf tournament, Songfest (a panoply of musical numbers and skits, in which, typically, only Greeks participate), a pre-game barbecue, Young Alumni 5K Run/Walk, a bonfire/pep rally (which usually includes cameos by the football head coach and Swoop, the U mascot), and the Homecoming dance-typically for Greeks, LDSSA, and international students.
  • Olympic Legacy: The U has a nice Olympic Legacy Park just south of the stadium (where they let us keep the cauldron for the Olympic flame).
  • Red Fest: Every fall, the ASUU Presenter's Office holds a week-long music festival, with local bands playing for students on campus during the day and bigger bands playing for ticketed viewers during the night. It's one of the rare occasions during the year when U of U actually feels like a college!
Favorite Things To Do
Because of the "commuter campus" atmosphere, lots of people just come to school and leave right after class. Because of this, many organizations (especially student government) go out of their way to create opportunities for some kind of artificial campus life, including bringing bands to campus, free breakfasts, and Crimson Nights in the Union building-a free, late-night program in which the school schedules comedy shows, bowling, crafts, movies, and live music. Some athletic events are well attended, like women's gymnastics and men's football, and are very affordable if you join the MUSS (the student section). Facilities at the U can scratch just about any recreational itch you have, from yoga to swimming to golf. The Union cafeteria is a popular place just to hang out for an hour or so on campus. There are cheap student performances for a wide variety of fine arts. There are also multiple museums on campus that provide cheap entertainment.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.asuu.utah.edu/?p=groups
Student Newspaper
The Daily Utah Chronicle
www.dailyutahchronicle.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are many clubs and organizations at the U of U, and it is not very difficult to start one if you do not see one on the list that meets your needs. Most of the clubs are funded through ASUU (Associated Students of the University of Utah) fees paid with tuition.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 106 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 12 responses

  • 22% The Union
  • 19% The Pie Pizzeria
  • 12% Anywhere on campus lawn
  • 12% Marriott Library
  • 9% The Latter-day Saint Institute of Religion
  • 9% Ugurt
  • 6% Heritage Center
  • 3% The School of Music Student Lounge
  • 3% Fraternity house
  • 3% Library 3rd floor

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 42% BYU-Utah Game
  • 21% Red Fest
  • 16% Free food days
  • 11% Homecoming Week
  • 5% Crimson Night!
  • 5% Greek Week
  • 0% Olympic Legacy
  • 0% Classic Greek Festival

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 28% Working in the hospital
  • 17% ASUU
  • 17% Library
  • 17% Book Store
  • 11% Mom's Cafe
  • 6% Guest House
  • 6% Field House

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 26% Chill
  • 17% Read in the library.
  • 17% Walk around
  • 17% Meet people
  • 13% Sit on the grass and study
  • 4% Smoke weed erryday
  • 4% Hang out at the fraternity house

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% I imagine the chemistry stockroom would be boring.
  • 14% I feel like the union would suck
  • 14% Library
  • 14% Tech Support
  • 7% Secretary
  • 7% Orientation

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 50% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 17% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 111 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 9% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 43% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 46% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 111 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 33% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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