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Quick Talking Points

What can I study at the University of Utah?

We have bachelor's degrees in 100 different fields. Most degrees offer multiple specialty options. The University also has over 100 graduate programs the majority of which lead to the doctorate. We have schools of medicine, law, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, architecture, engineering, business, education, and many others.

What are the most popular majors?

Business, engineering, psychology, economics, human development, and nursing are all popular bachelor's degree majors at the University of Utah.

How big is the University of Utah?

In the fall of 2015, there were 31,515 students, 23,907 were undergraduates and 7,608 were graduate students.

How large are classes?

As of 2015, 65.2% of classes have less than 30 students. 

What are the admission requirements?

While there are no specific minimum GPA and test score requirements for admissions, the middle 50% of the 2014 entering freshman class looked like this:

Entering Class Size 3,410
High School GPA 3.34-3.89
ACT Composite 21-28
SAT (Crit Reading & Math) 1010-1300
HS Percentile Rank 57%-88%


So what does it take to get in?

Our commitment to student success is at the heart of the University of Utah's mission. Identifying applicants who are well prepared for academic success is one of the keys to providing our students with an extraordinary undergraduate experience. The University of Utah utilizes a holistic review process when assessing freshman applications to ensure we give all students the best opportunity to present a complete picture of their qualifications.


  • Quality of courses and rigor
  • Grade trends 
  • Cumulative unweighted GPA 
  • ACT and/or SAT standardized test scores 
  • Satisfactory completion of high school core course requirements


  • Academic honors
  • Extracurricular activities 
  • Commitment to community engagement, citizenship and leadership 
  • Application questions (extraordinary family obligation, military service, extenuating circumstances)

How much is tuition, room and board?

The cost for tuition, room and meals at the University of Utah is among the most reasonable in the nation for a major research institution. A freshman Utah resident taking 12 credit hours per semester pays $7,680 per year in tuition. For a non-Utah resident the tuition charge is $24,276. Room and meals for a shared room is $9,738 (residency status doesn't matter).

Are freshmen required to live on campus?

Freshmen are not required to live on campus, but are encouraged to do so.

Are you a public or private university?

The University of Utah is a public university and is the flagship institution of the Utah system of higher education. Founded in 1850, it is the oldest public university in the west.

Can I gain residency for tuition purposes while attending school?

Generally this can be accomplished by being physically present in the state for 12 months; obtaining a Utah driver's license, car registration, voter registration; and not being claimed as a dependent on the income tax return of anyone not a resident of Utah.

What is campus life like?

  • Over 500 campus clubs centered on just about every interest imaginable
  • Very active student government
  • Daily campus newspaper
  • Greek fraternities and sororities
  • Seventeen varsity sports, with free student admission to most home games
  • Fourteen additional intercollegiate sports clubs
  • Multiple intramural sports
  • Great outdoor recreation program
  • Numerous free lectures, concerts, recitals, plays, and other activities
  • Opportunities to associate with students from all fifty states and over 100 foreign countries
  • Free unlimited use of Utah's bus, light rail, and commuter rail system


What kind of scholarships and financial aid are available?

The U's Office of Financial Aid offers scholarships for resident, non-resident, first-year, and transfer students and maintains a database of departmental scholarships as well. Freshmen who apply for admissions by the Dec. 1 priority deadline are automatically considered for merit-based scholarhips. Financial aid is based on need and comes in the form of grants, loans, and work-study.

Can I have a car on campus?

Students are allowed to have cars. They also have free use of the Salt Lake region's extensive bus and light rail system, which is free and unlimited to students with their U of U ID, which for many students makes having a car unnecessary.

What can I do for fun?

The Salt Lake metropolitan area has a population base of over one million people. With that comes a vibrant city life with restaurants, movies, shopping, clubs, professional sports teams, full-time symphony orchestra, ballet, and opera, all within minutes of the campus. The University is located at the foot of the magnificent Wasatch mountain range. Seven major ski resorts are literally minutes from the campus. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and fishing are among a few of the outdoor activity options available to our students.

Will the University of Utah help me to get a job?

The University's career services department will help you with your job search. They offer assistance in resume preparation; finding internships; interview skills; linking majors to jobs; and many other services. Employers come to the campus throughout the year to participate in job fairs. There are also thousands of on-campus jobs available to students.

What other programs does the U have?

  • Study abroad
  • National student exchange
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Internships and programs through the Hinckley Institute of Politics
  • An active community service program
  • The Honors College
  • Freshman small group cohort learning communities


Where is the U located?

The University of Utah is set on the eastern edge of Salt Lake City. Campus is just minutes away from a vibrant downtown – the epicenter of SLC's restaurants, theaters, pubs, and civic events – and burgeoning neighborhoods, like the coffee- and movie-art-house hub, 9th and 9th district.
    Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah, is home to about 190,000 residents, and covers 84,900 square miles, making it the 11th largest state in the U.S. There are 21 national parks and monuments in the state, including Zion National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Arches National Park and the Golden Spike National Historic Site. Salt Lake is about a 6 hour drive from Las Vegas; 5 hours from Yellowstone National Park; and 6 hours from the Grand Canyon.
    The city is home to a large international airport (the westernomost hub of Delta Airlines), and is easily accessed by multiple freeways. The University of Utah sits at the base of the Wasatch Mountain range, which – together with the rest of the Utah mountains – are on average the tallest in the United States, enjoying an average snowfall of 500 inches per year.

What is the PAC-12, and why does it matter?

"PAC-12" is the Pacific-12 Conference, an elite collegiate athletic conference in the Western United States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington). In addition to superlative athletics, being a member of the Pac-12 means that the U is shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most impressive schools in the west. Combined, the 12 schools in the conference boast over 130 Nobel Laureates, more than 40 Pulitzer Prize winners, and a slew of tehcnological patents and businesses grown from university research. As a member, the U enjoys excellent competition both on the field and in the classroom. It also means addition funding to the flagship university of the state and a wider recognition across the United States and around the world.

Last Updated: 7/13/18