Overview of Utah Colleges & Schools

The state of Utah has a number of public and private post-secondary and graduate institutions, though overall the number of schools available is limited due to the relatively low population of the state in relation to its size. The state’s largest city, Salt Lake City, is also its capital and is one four cities in the state that surpass 100,000 residents, with the others being West Valley City, Provo and West Jordan. The state borders Nevada to the west, Arizona to the south, Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast and Idaho to the North.

Utah operates a number of state funded colleges and universities, though it lacks a unified state university system. Many of the schools are master degree institutions dedicated primarily to the awarding of graduate degrees. Utah State University is the closest to a comprehensive state university system, with four campuses and a large number of programs. Utah State University is Utah’s only land grant institution.

Public institutions in Utah include:

Utah State University Campuses:

  • Utah State University (Logan)
  • Utah State University - Brigham City
  • Utah State University - Tooele
  • Utah State University - Uintah Basin (Vernal and Roosevelt)

There are a few private nonprofit institutions in the state, the most notable of which is Brigham Young University, which operates several campuses throughout the United States but its central location is in Provo. Brigham Young University is considered one of the best institutions in its area, and is priced affordably for a private institution. The school is founded an Mormon tradition and is named for one of the founders of the religion.

Private colleges and universities in Utah:

In addition to the four year institutions found throughout the state, utah also is home to a number of community colleges and career schools. Community colleges provide transfer opportunities as well as career educations, typically in a large number of fields reflective of community needs, with programs resulting in two year degrees. Private career schools provide focused education in high demand fields, with programs typically taking a year or less to complete with the purpose of allowing the graduate to immediately enter the workforce upon program completion. Such schools can be found throughout the state and typically assist in job placement after graduation.

The most populous city in Utah is Salt Lake City, followed by West Valley City, Provo, and West Jordan.  While the most populous county in Utah is Salt Lake County with Utah County and Davis County a distant second and third.   If you are interested in visiting the state of Utah, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.

College Degree Breakdown for the State of Utah

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Doctoral or professional degree31,4902.3
Master's degree19,8501.4
Bachelor's degree302,87022.0
Associate's degree32,5702.4
Postsecondary nondegree award81,2505.9
Some college, no degree38,4702.8
High school diploma or equivalent523,15038.1
No formal educational credential345,25025.1

Public Universities & Colleges

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There are seven public 4-year state universities and colleges in Utah. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Utah.

Private Universities & Colleges

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In Utah there are ten accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Utah.

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