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University of Utah: Narrative Description


201 South University St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-1107
Tel: (801)581-7200; 800-444-8638; Admissions: (801)581-7281; Fax: (801)585-3034; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Part of Utah System of Higher Education. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1850. Setting: 1,500-acre urban campus. Endowment: $295.9 million. Research spending 2002-03: $231.8 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $5500 per student. Total enrollment: 28,437. Faculty: 1,246 (1,104 full-time, 142 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 5,842 applied, 86% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 49% from top quarter, 82% from top half. Full-time: 15,242 students, 44% women, 56% men. Part-time: 7,179 students, 48% women, 52% men. Students come from 55 states and territories, 106 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 1% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 31% 25 or older, 11% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 79% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $3058 Full-time, $85.90 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,704 full-time, $295.36 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $589 full-time, $294.50 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, degree level, and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, degree level, and program. College room and board: $5036. College room only: $2472. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 170 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Bennion Center, Latter-Day Saints Student Association, Newman Center, Center for Ethnic Student Affairs. Major annual events: First Week, Redfest, Homecoming. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,000 college housing spaces available; 2,500 were occupied in 2002-03. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Marriott Library plus 3 others with 3 million books, 3.5 million micro-form titles, 33,517 serials, 62,356 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $20.8 million. 5,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The capital of the state, Salt Lake City, is located at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. The Great Salt Lake is northwest of the city, and the desert is only a few miles away to the west. The city was founded by Brigham Young and his followers, and many of the original buildings may still be seen. The city is a metropolis today enjoying excellent transportation facilities. There are five libraries, a law library, many churches of various denominations, hospitals, and clinics to serve the community. Salt Lake City is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and is noted for Temple Square and the Mormon Temple and Tabernacle. Part-time employment is available. Local recreation facilities includes parks, golf courses, fishing, hunting, bowling, skiing, theatres, and outdoor sports. There are excellent shopping facilities located here. The Utah State Fair is held annually.

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