University of Utah Summary

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Basic Statistics

Salt Lake City, UT
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
83 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Ample green space
  • The ASUU "hookup card"
  • B&D's dollar burger Tuesdays
  • The Daily Utah Chronicle

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Battles with the state legislature
  • Commuting around the non-stop nightmare of construction
  • Foreign teachers with poor English skills
  • Having the Free Speech Area turned into a market for cell phones and credit cards

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Utah Student Reviews

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My tuition is a bit different than most. My mother works for the University of Utah Hospital, which gives me half-price tuition. I received a private scholarship from an anonymous donor. I was requested to write a thank you note, which I did and mail it off with my acceptance letter. Coming into the Fall semester for 2013, a hold was placed on my tuition bill. My scholarship was almost revoked because the thank you note was lost in one of their buildings.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Their are many students of different ethnic/racial diversity. State political beliefs are more conservative where as on campus it is a little more liberal, but not by much. The LDS church is located in Salt Lake and many students associated with this religion, but other religious affiliations are seen on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The U offers a wide selection of various academic and non-academic classes. The University of Utah is a research school, with many of the professors lecturing and researching at the same time, and many of their lectures cover what they have or are researching. The main library on campus is one of the most popular study areas. Located right in the middle of campus, windows surround each side of the library giving natural light throughout. Some teachers are more popular than others and registering for the classes may take some luck. The registration process is done by academic level and last name.

College Sophomore

Academics: It really depends on the major. Some students can easily double, even triple major because of how closely those majors are to each other. While others only chose to major in one area based on the workload of their major. Some programs are far more challenging than others. But almost each program has or is getting a brand new facility.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding a convenient location to live off-campus can be a challenge. Right below campus is incredibly expensive with little to no available options. Parking is also an issue with little to no available spots on the narrow streets. In Utah taking TRAX up to the U is one of the most convenient options for students. Many stops along the train line have affordable apartments near-by


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