Local Atmosphere

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

Local Atmosphere: Utah is very pretty. The scenery is great. There are a ton of local shopping malls and stores, and all the locals are really friendly towards the college students. But if you are into the nightlife scene, I can't say there is very much going on there.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: On Sundays there is nothing to do. Also, night life is not the best.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The U has a ton of stuff constantly going on, and it's right up the street from downtown Salt Lake, so if campus is boring, the city is buzzing. Plenty of free and cheap activities.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: it is a Mormon city so there is not a lot of nightlife. If outdoors are your thing then there is plenty to do.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Salt Lake City is a nice town with nice people.

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Brian Washburn
Hometown
Salt Lake City, UT
Major
Marketing/Finance
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The local atmosphere in Salt Lake City is basically that of any metropolitan city. However, the problem that most people encounter is the stark contrast between the conservative nature surrounding Salt Lake City and the city itself, which leans toward the left politically speaking. The contrast magnifies the diversity between the Mormon culture and the regular, average people living downtown. Being a mid-sized city provides some of the opportunities found in a big city (only without the headaches), while at the same time providing small-town charm and security. 

Most people you meet in SLC are more of the outdoorsy types, whether it be environmentalists who want to conserve the forest or anglers and hunters who want to use it without regulations. There is a lot of diversity on campus and in the city.  It's true that the Mormon religion has widely influenced the culture. Do not be surprised if you are asked if you're a "member." This is a common question asked by Mormons and non-Mormons alike. Some non-Mormons feel alienated because they are not members and, unfortunately, are treated differently. However, the majority embraces non-members. Overall, Salt Lake City has a little bit for everyone and is a great place to get a start in any career path.   

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Salt Lake City was the host city for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
  2. The Great Salt Lake is the second saltiest body of water on Earth, after the Dead Sea in Israel.
  3. Salt Lake City is less than an hour away from Park City, where the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival is held every January.
  4. Utah has five national parks (Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands), and ski slopes with "the greatest snow on Earth" are only a short drive away from the University of Utah.
  5. The original name Mormon pioneers gave Utah when they settled here in 1847 was Deseret, but Washington politicians who disliked the Mormons insisted on calling the state "Utah," after the Ute Indians.
Notable Natives
  • Roseanne Barr - actress
  • Shawn Bradley - NBA basketball player
  • Ted Bundy - serial killer (attended University of Utah Law School)
  • Butch Cassidy - outlaw
  • Philo Farnsworth - inventor of television
  • Jake Garn - senator/astronaut
  • J. Willard Marriott - restaurant, hotel chain founder
  • Donny and Marie Osmond - singers
  • Robert Redford - actor, Sundance Film Festival founder
  • James Woods - actor
Local Slang
  • Flip (or fetch): Common local expletive, used as an inoffensive alternative to a certain other expletive that begins with the letter "F"
  • Mission: Many members of the LDS Church go on church-service "missions" to different parts of the world for up to two years
  • TRAX: Term for the Salt Lake City street car (or "light rail") system
  • Ward: Common LDS ecclesiastical unit, whereas most people would say, "at my church . . ." Mormons say, "at my ward . . ."
Points of Interest
  • EnergySolutions Arena
  • Great Salt Lake
  • Lake Powell
  • Latter-day Saint Temple Square
  • Promontory Point
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument
  • Wasatch Mountains
  • Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Shopping Centers
  • Foothill Village
  • The Gateway
  • Sugar House Shopping Center
  • Trolley Square
Movie Theaters
Century 16 Salt Lake
125 E. 3300 S.
Salt Lake City
(801) 486-9652
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Sugarhouse 10
2227 S. Highland Dr.
Salt Lake City
(801) 466-3699
Movie Theaters
Megaplex 12 at the Gateway
165 S. Rio Grande St.
Salt Lake City
(801) 304-4636
Movie Theaters
Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons
9335 S. State St.
Sandy
(801) 304-4636
Major Sports Teams
  • The Blaze: Arena Football
  • Real Salt Lake : Major League Soccer
  • Salt Lake Buzz: Minor League Baseball
  • Utah Grizzlies: East Coast Hockey League
  • Utah Jazz: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Las Vegas: NV: 7 hours
  • Park City: UT: 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 120 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 120 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 17% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 12% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 71% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 120 responses

  • 13% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 40% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 47% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 120 responses

  • 12% No way.
  • 41% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 48% Totally.

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