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Rank: 225

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UTwww.utah.edu
The University of Utah, or simply "the U," stands out for its strong science and computer science programs. As a state school that is socially prim and committed to academics, Utah provides its about 24,000 undergrads with a good, relatively inexpensive, research-based education. It is also active in the arts, with well-respected programs in actor training, creative writing, and ballet, among others. Overall, Utes don't put a premium on having a stereotypical college experience. Many students are commuters who return home on the weekends. Fraternities and sororities have only a small presence, and the administration is strict about maintaining its dry campus. Salt Lake City, though urban and lively, is not conducive to serious partying -- bars close around 1 a.m. Outdoor sports such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking are all popular. A strong athletics program, with teams that play in the Division I Pac-12 Conference, offers high-quality facilities for participating students and lots of spectator opportunities for everyone else. One of students' favorite traditions is the Holy War, a football game between the Utes and Brigham Young University. The 2019 Holy War is their 100th match-up.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$24,700
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,200
Average price for low-income students
$10,740
admissions
Acceptance rate
66%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1230/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
23,402
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
81%
% of need met
65%
% of students who get merit* grants
29%
Average merit grant
$6,410
student success
Graduation rate
67%
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$53,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
31%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Dec 1
Regular application
Apr 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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