Utah State University

Utah State University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Utah State University in Logan, UT, is the flagship campus of the Utah State University system. Learn about its ranking, financial and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at USU.

Is Utah State University the School for You?

Utah State University (USU) is located in Logan, roughly 80 miles from Salt Lake City. This public research university offers more than 300 academic programs at the certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Read about the pros and cons to decide if you should attend USU.


  • Ranked top 25 for graduate programs in education and rehabilitation counseling
  • High number of academic programs
  • Student debt following graduation is $7,760 lower than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 33.2 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Accepts AP and dual credits


  • 4-year graduation rate is 15 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 22:1, which is higher than the national average

USU at a Glance

Utah State University is a large school, with an enrollment of nearly 29,000 students in 2012. The school was named a 'Best Western' university by The Princeton Review, and its graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling and education were ranked #9 and #24, respectively, by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. In addition to its main campus in Logan, USU has regional campuses in Brigham City, Tooele, Uintah Basin and San Juan, as well as USU Eastern campuses in Price and Blanding.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that 72% of full-time and 53% of part-time students returned to the university after their first year in 2011. As a USU student, you'll be able to choose from 168 undergraduate and 143 graduate programs within 8 schools and colleges.

Also according to the NCES, the university accepted 97% of applicants in 2012, higher than the national average of 63.8%. Roughly 25% of students graduated within four years during the 2006-2010 time period, compared to the national average of 40% (the university's rate jumps to 50% after 6 years). USU's student-faculty ratio is 22:1, somewhat higher than the 15:1 national average, so some classes may be relatively large.

For Utah residents, the total cost of attendance (including tuition and fees, room and board, books and personal expenses) was about $17,430 for the 2012-2013 academic year, which is about on par with the average of $17,860 for 4-year, public universities. However, the College Board reported that attendees graduated with approximately $18,900 in debt in 2012, well below the national average of $26,660 for similar institutions.

Getting In & Financial Aid at USU

If you're applying to USU, you'll need to submit the school's application, your high school transcript and standardized test scores. The NCES reported that 87% of applicants submitted ACT scores, while 8% sent in the SAT in 2011. In that same year, the middle 50% of accepted students had ACT composite scores between 20 and 26 and combined SAT math and reading scores of 960 to 1230. Test scores are due at the university by August 25.

Approximately 47% of admitted students attend USU. If you need help paying for school, you may qualify for financial aid based on need, alumni and religious affiliations, minority status or state residency. The university also offers merit scholarships for achievement in academics, art, athletics, leadership, music or ROTC. If you're a graduate student, you may be able to apply for assistantships and fellowships in teaching and/or research.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) No Regular Deadline***
Application Fee (2013) $40***
Acceptance Rate (2011) 97%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $17,430 for in-state and $27,960 for out-of-state students*
Average First-YearFinancial Aid Package (2012) $8,137***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $18,900***
Student Loan Default Rate (2010) 6.9%*

Student Life at USU

At USU, you can live with fellow students in traditional dorm complexes, family housing or special interest communities geared toward specific academic and social goals. Students with children can also take advantage of weekend/evening courses and on-campus daycare facilities.

If you're looking for extracurricular activities, USU offers more than 100 student organizations, 8 Greek chapters and 16 NCAA Division 1 sports teams. The university has a number of research opportunities for undergraduates and offers facilities for agriculture, water and space travel research. You may also travel to one of 40 countries across the globe through the school's study abroad program.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small city*
Student Population (2011) 25,445 undergraduates, 3,341 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 45% to 55%*
% of Full Time Students (2012) 61%*
% of In-state Students (2011) 73%*
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 72% for full-time and 53% for part-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
Number of Libraries 1**
Extracurricular Activities Over 100**

Article Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Utah State University, ***The College Board

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 0160 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322
  • Phone: (435) 797-1079