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When you get to the university for check-in, it’s natural to look around and wonder how you’ll ever learn your way around. And this campus is big. As in “You’ll have a long walk from one class to another, so you’d better hurry.”

Overview of University of Utah

If you visit before deciding to enroll, you might want to take your time looking around. You’ll see the student union, university bookstore, a golf course, the Ute Natatorium, and many other locations on campus. Salt Lake City is a mid-size city, so you’ll probably need to get used to where things are there, as well. When you have time, you can drive around or take an Uber to go from the campus to get something to eat or do a little shopping.

The student population is fairly large for a university, totaling nearly 33,000 with a relatively high student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 70%
Year Founded 1850

Student Enrollment

Total Students32,852


Undergraduate Student

Male 12,977
Female 11,508

Graduate Student

Male 4,435
Female 3,932

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Male 11,589
Female 12,814


Male 7,301
Female 7,817

Acceptance Rate62%

Male 63%
Female 61%

Enrollment 4,237

Male 2,122
Female 2,115
Application Fee $55
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Considered But Not Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline April 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

You and your parents may receive a “sticker price” quote of the total charges for attending the University of Utah. This includes tuition (in- or out-of-state), books, supplies, room, board, and other charges. All together, this came out to $23,869 for the 2019-2020 academic year. However, this cost does not take into account any financial aid that may be applied to your charges.

Because of financial aid, you may not have to pay this full cost. The 2018-2019 academic year’s average net price was $13,739. This is the average that was left for students to pay after financial aid and scholarships had been applied. If your family earned between $48,001 and $75,000, they paid around $14,501; those earning less than this can expect an even more generous aid package.

About 85% of first-year students qualified for financial aid in recent years. Of that percentage, 76% received $8,314 in grants or scholarships and 70% received $6,343 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $13,739
Average Total Aid $8,314
Students Receiving Financial Aid 85%
Room & Board $10,684

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $8,615
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $27,220
  • Books and Supplies - $996
  • Room & Board - $10,684
  • Other - $3,574


Take a look at the most popular degree programs. While they may not be what you are planning to major in, having an idea of what they are is good to know. Many students will be in these majors or related ones. These degree programs include social sciences; business, management, marketing and related programs; engineering, health professions and related programs; and visual and performing arts.

If you look through your class schedule for the upcoming academic semester and realize that your work hours conflict with one or more of your classes, you’ll have some options. University of Utah offers evening classes and distance learning (online classes), though not for every class available. If one or both of these options will allow you to take all of your classes and keep your job, choose whichever you prefer. Graduating on time usually means you’ll have less debt when you graduate.

Three statistics you should check out when you are considering what school to attend are the retention rate, and the 4-year and 6-year graduation rates. The retention rate, 89% at the University of Utah, measures the percentage of first-year students who return to the campus for their second year of classes. The 4-year graduation rate (31%) and 6-year graduation rate (67%) keep track of how many students graduate within 100% or 150% of normal time. This can give you a snapshot of what attending the school might be like since schools with particularly low retention rates may not provide enough services for freshman and those with severely low graduation rates may have other, systemic issues.

Student Population Total

Student Population 32,852

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Social Science Majors 677 Total Graduates / 13%
Economics, General 191 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 142 Graduates
Sociology 133 Graduates
Social Sciences, General 78 Graduates
All Business Majors 649 Total Graduates / 12%
Business Administration and Management, General 208 Graduates
Accounting 165 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 120 Graduates
Finance, General 107 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 497 Total Graduates / 9%
Mechanical Engineering 169 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 86 Graduates
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 65 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 52 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 407 Total Graduates / 8%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 194 Graduates
Public Health Education and Promotion 113 Graduates
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 32 Graduates
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 27 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 355 Total Graduates / 7%
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 139 Graduates
Art/Art Studies, General 58 Graduates
Music, General 43 Graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 40 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 51%

Outcome & Salary

You can look at the outcome for previous graduates in order to give you an idea of what you might expect when you graduate from the University of Utah. Graduate’s early-career salaries averaged around $59,100 and their mid-career salaries increased to $112,200.

The average 4-year cost of education at this school is $54,956, which can help you analyze the outcomes for previous graduates. Their 10-year salary earnings potential was $742,010 and their 20-year potential was $1,864,010. If you subtract the cost of education from these two numbers, you’ll see what their average return on investment (ROI) was. That gives them a 10-year projected ROI of $687,054 and a 20-year ROI of $1,809,054.

On the other hand, high school graduates who don’t go to college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $59,100
College Grads Average Salary $74,201
College Grads Mid Career Salary $112,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $742,010
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,864,010
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $54,956
10 Year Projected ROI $687,054
20 Year Projected ROI $1,809,054
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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