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4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are great, all the programs at the school are extremely educational which is wonderful. We are taught in ways that we can take what we learn into the real world, after we graduate. Registering for the school is a tedious process, but not difficult. Full-time school is quite a bit of work, but it's fine if you know you can handle it. There are a number of places to study and get academic help.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have really enjoyed my academic experience here.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: This is for the ART MAJORS --

(I'm a photog. major, so I don't know much about the rest of campus)

Teachers are very knowledgeable.

There is a photography major, it's just not advertised. The first year you're going to be doing a lot of 2d painting/drawing and 3d sculpture and woodwork. No digital color photo classes that I've found. Lots of B&W film. (Look for Erickson for 2d, tell him you're a photo. major. (2016))

Painting & Drawing, you have an amazing program and some great professors!

Graphic Design program is huge!!

Tons of 3d options -- woodshop, ceramics, metal, ect.

Everybody -- you will take so many art history classes your head might explode. No joke.

Just a heads up -- the building is probably the oldest, ugliest thing on campus.

Art students are the only ones who get lockers. You're going to need it!!!

Workload is fairly easy, just don't procrastinate. If you start missing things, it gets really hard to catch up (but that's the same anywhere)

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors at the U are the best!

5 College Senior

Academics: Students who come to this school are usually the ambitious type with a plan and take academics fairly serious. You'll always find some slackers but that's life

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 187 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 115 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 115 responses

  • 25% This was my dream school.
  • 60% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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