A TOP 100 UNIVERSITY
Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, the University of Utah prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. The U, which has earned a top-tier grading from the Academic Ranking of World Universities for 10 consecutive years, became a member of the Pac-12 Conference on
July 1, 2011.
Founded in 1850, the University of Utah encompasses 1,500 acres in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain range. Located just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and world-class ski resorts, the U's picturesque campus offers incomparable views of the Salt Lake valley.
Home to a student population of over 32,000, the U offers more than 100 undergraduate and over 90 graduate level fields of study. Among the U's nationally-ranked programs are law, pharmacy, mathematics, business, biomedical engineering and family medicine. In 2013, entertainment arts and engineering was ranked first in the country. Students in the 2013 graduating class came from every state and 83 foreign countries.
Utah ranks among the top public research universities in the nation. University of Utah geneticist Mario R. Capecchi, one of many acclaimed faculty members, received the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on gene targeting.
The University of Utah has been the first or second university for startups for the last six years. With university-developed research or technology, the U has launched over 140 new startups during that time. The U was honored at the 2012 Utah Genius Awards for most U.S. patents of any company (49); Stephen Jacobsen, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, won the lifetime achievement award.
In 2013, University of Utah Health Care was named one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America," and in 2011 ranked in the top 10 in the nation for quality among academic medical centers for the second year running. The Eccles Institute of Human Genetics is one of several innovative medical programs at the U. Others include the Huntsman Cancer Institute—a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center—the Moran Eye Center and the Brain Institute. The U's David Eccles School of Business has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most popular business schools in the nation.
The U is also noted for its work in technology and computer sciences. The University's School of Computing was founded in 1965, and began a pioneering legacy in computer graphics and visualization that continues today. The internationally-recognized Scientific Computing & Imaging Institute is a leader in creating new scientific computing techniques, tools and systems to help solve wide-ranging challenges of human life.
A lively residential living experience is provided in the beautiful Heritage Commons, which served as the Athletes Village for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community opened in September 2012, while the George S. Eccles Student Life Center is projected to open in December 2014.
The U's location in the largest city in the Intermountain West, with a metro population of over one million, allows for an urban experience in a spectacular natural setting. The U is home to the state's natural history and fine arts museums, and well as premier concert and theater venues: Kingsbury Hall, Libby Gardner Hall and the Pioneer Memorial Theater.