List of Private Universities & Colleges in Utah

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Utah’s nickname is the Beehive State and is the thirteenth biggest state in the country by land mass. However, it is the 10th least densely populated placing it 31st on the list of states for population. The state was voted ‘best states to live in’ in a recent Gallup survey. Educationally, the state is home to over 150 accredited higher education institutions. Private colleges and universities are defined by the fact they do not accept state funding. In fact, private universities must function through tuition, alumni, internal operations, corporate donations, and grants.

Top Rated Utah Private Colleges

Top ranked private colleges in the state of Utah include Provo College, Brigham Young University, Westminster College, and Independence University. Private colleges in Utah offer an array of academic programs to consider. Areas of study include perennial favorites like communications, biology, history, geology, fire science, and criminal justice. These same private universities also allow students to drill-down into specialty programs like photojournalism, biotechnology, sustainability studies, forensic science, data modeling, and criminology.

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List of Large 4-Year Private Universities in Utah

There are 2 large private universities in our database for Utah. Follow the links below to get more details about each school.

Large Universities with Research Facilities or Faculty

The universities listed below offer many diverse academic programs, have a large student body, and usually have research facilities or faculty involved with research. These schools very often have graduate and professional programs as well.

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Program Details

  • More Than 20,000 Undergraduate Students Enrolled
  • Estimated tuition & fees: $5,000 per year

Large Primarily Academic Universities

Each university listed below offers a diverse set of degrees and programs, unlike the research universities listed above, these schools contain little to no research activity on campus and are primarily academic.

Small to Medium Sized 4-Year Universities

The 4-year schools listed below have a small to medium sized student body and may offer a wide range of associate and bachelor's degrees. Get more information about each school by clicking the links below.

4-Year Colleges with a Special Focus on an Area of Study

The schools below are grouped by their special area of focus. To learn about admissions, tuition & fees, programs offered, and more click on the school names below.

Technology-Related Schools

Health Professions Schools

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Utah in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.