About The University of Utah

The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, it serves more than 32,000 students from across the U.S. and the world. With close to 100 majors at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, The University of Utah prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. Ranked among the 100 best universities in the world consistently for the last 10 years, the U is also one of the top 50 universities in the U.S, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The University of Utah has built a reputation for excellence in education and research. The U attracts and retains world-class faculty—committed teachers and gifted lecturers; international experts; members of elite academic organizations; and winners of coveted awards, including the National Medal of Science and the Nobel Prize. An academic culture that encourages innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship, has made the U one of the nation’s foremost generators of start-up companies. The University promotes top quality teaching and advanced research practices, which lead to innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Whatever your interest, you will be part of a rich legacy of excellence at The University of Utah.


A few general summer campus shots

J.Willard Marriott Library

The University of Utah ranks #47 in the U.S. and #82 in the world (2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ.)

The Webometrics ranking of world universities puts the University of Utah at #48

The U is ranked among the top 25 public U.S. research universities (2009 Top American Research Universities, Ctr. for Measuring University Performance).

We’re #34 in the world according to the University of Groningen Ranking of Top 100 Comprehensive Research Universities, 1998-2008.

The U comes in at #51 in the U.S. and #83 in the world (2010 London Times Higher Education World Ranking of Universities).

When it comes to federal research and development (R&D) funding, the U ranks #56 among U.S. universities (2010 National Science Foundation).

U.S. News & World Report lists the U as having a student/faculty ratio of 15 to 1—the best in the state—as well as a very high freshman retention rate of 81.2 percent.

U.S. News & World Report recognizes the U for having an undergraduate student population with one of the least amounts of debt.

  • Only 40 percent of students graduating from the U have some college debt, averaging $15,201.
  • The list represents schools whose class of 2009 graduated with the lightest debt loads (data include loans taken out by students from their colleges, from private financial institutions, and from federal, state and local governments. Parents’ loans are not included).

For a full listing of all the latest rankings for University of Utah colleges, departments, and programs, see www.unews.utah.edu/rankings


Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013:

#85 In the world based on academic and research performance

Top 100 Universities in:

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics/Business

U.S. News and World Report 2012:

  • #2 Physician Assistant Program
  • #10 Pharmacy School
  • #29 Best Medical Schools for Primary Care
  • #30 Math
  • #41 Best Law Schools
  • #60 Top Public Schools among national universities


Technology and Commercialization

The University of Utah is tops in the country for creating start-up companies from university research, according to a ranking by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). See http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/u-of-utah-no-1-for-startups for more information.

Forbes magazine’s recent ranking of the “Best States for Business” pointed to “an educated labor force” as a big reason Utah came in at number one. The U supplies many of the employees for companies that keep expanding their operations in Utah, such as Goldman Sachs, Adobe, Omniture, Oracle, Ebay and many others. http://pac12info.utah.edu/commercialization-of-innovation/


The University of Utah has a plan to be carbon neutral by 2050. In fall 2010, the university released its Energy and Environmental Stewardship Initiative: 2010 Climate Action Plan detailing our long-range plans to make the campus even more environmentally friendly: http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/epa-recognizes-university-of-utah-as-top-green-power-purchaser. In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently ranked the University of Utah fourth in the nation for green power purchases. http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/groundswell-of-support-for-u-green-plan


University of Utah Health Care recently ranked first in the nation in a prestigious national study. The University Health System Consortium’s 2010 Quality and Accountability Study compared 98 of the nation’s top academic medical centers and ranked them based on core quality measures, patient safety indicators, mortality rates, re-admission rates, and patient satisfaction scores. See more about University of Utah Health Care at http://healthcare.utah.edu/index.php

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