University of Utah

University of Utah Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

The University of Utah is the flagship institution of the Utah public university system. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at the University of Utah.

Is the University of Utah the School for You?

Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah (U of U) was founded in 1850 as the University of Deseret. It was renamed in 1890, five years before Utah became a state. Many decades ago, classes were often held in student's homes. Today, it's the largest university in the state, with over 32,000 students currently enrolled. Keep reading to find out if the University of Utah is the school that you're looking for.


  • Applicant acceptance rate is 19.2 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Cost of room and board is $1,500 lower than the national average
  • Ranked nationally
  • Has a lower student to faculty ratio than the national average


  • Not very much Greek (fraternity and sorority) life
  • Majority of students live off-campus
  • Four-year graduation rate is 18 percentage points lower than the national average

About the University of Utah

In Salt Lake City, UT, the University of Utah offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Undergraduate fields of study at the school include, but are by no means limited to, aerospace studies, education, film studies, pharmacology, marketing and management. Students can choose from 72 undergraduate majors in all. The university is home to over 50 research centers and offers students a number of opportunities to participate in research projects.

While the national average 4-year graduation rate is 40%, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates this figure to be 22% for students who started studies at U of U in 2006. However, NCES also estimates that the acceptance rate at U of U is 83%, considerably higher than the national average of 63.8%.

According to NCES, the cost of room and board at U of U was $7,705 in the 2012-2013 school year, lower than the national average of $9,205. However, the total expenses for tuition, fees, room and board at U of U in that year were $22,314, as per NCES. This is higher than the national average total cost of $17,860 for 4-year, public schools across the nation.

The University of Utah was ranked #121 among National Universities by U.S. News and World Report in 2014. The student to faculty ratio is 13:1, lower than the average of 15:1. U.S. News and World Report also states that only 2% of men women are in fraternities or sororities. In addition to this, only 14% of the student body live on campus.

Getting In & Financial Aid at the University of Utah

If you're a high school senior or graduate, you must first complete and submit an application for undergraduate admissions and pay the admissions fee by the filing deadline. An official high school transcript must also be mailed to the Admissions Office, directly from your school. While it is preferred that you take and submit scores from the ACT near the end of your junior year or the beginning of your senior year, combined SAT critical reading and math scores will also be accepted.

Resident and non-resident merit, leadership and diversity scholarships are available to qualified incoming freshmen and many of the university's departments also award scholarships of their own. Contact the financial aid and scholarship office as soon as possible in the application process. The free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available on U of U's web site, or can usually be given to you by a high school counselor or found online. This application is for need-based federal, state or industrial grants as well as loans and work-study programs. To be declared eligible, you must fill out a Financial Aid Institutional Application by the April 1st deadline.

Application and Tuition Information
Regular Application Deadline (2011-2012) April 1st***
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2012-2013) April 1st*
Notification of Acceptance (2012-2013) Varies*
Application Fee (2011-2012) $45****
Acceptance Rate (2012) 83%***
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $7,139 (in-state), $22,642(out-of-state)**
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2010-2011) $14,194***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012) 8.9%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2010-2011) $20,796***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009-2010) 2.6%**

Living at the University of Utah

The Office of Orientation and New Student Programs introduces new students to the opportunities for freshmen or first semester transfers. As a student, you'll be informed about academic policies and expectations, student support services and course selection and registration. The office will also introduce you to campus resources such as security and recreational opportunities.

The U Of U campus offers a variety of recreational opportunities, from fitness classes and intramural sports to a diverse offering of clubs and student organizations. There are over 450 student clubs and organizations to choose from on-campus as well as ROTC programs. The University of Utah is a NCAA Division I school with a wide variety of athletic programs and competitive sports options. Off-campus, you can visit a number of area museums, and sites and skiers can make use of what's considered some of the finest slopes in the country.

Both students and alumni can access the University of Utah's website to obtain career services help. There are also counselors available according to your academic major. You can take career tests and surveys, get resume and interview tips and make use of U of U's employer services. The career services website also lists potential job leads and future job fairs that may eventually be of interest.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsize city**
Student Population (2012) 32,388**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 56:44**
% of Full Time Students (2012) 71%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 70%**
% of International Students (2011) 9%**
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 88% (full-time), 67% (part-time)**
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 13%****
Number of Libraries 1*
Extracurricular Activities 456 clubs and organizations****

Article Sources: *University of Utah, **NCES College Navigator, ***College Board, ****U.S. News.

School Contact Information

  • Address: The University of Utah, Admissions Office, 201 S 1460 E Rm. 250 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057
  • Phone: (801) 581-8761