Utah State University: Narrative Description

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Old Main Hill Logan, UT 84322
Tel: (435)797-1000
Free: 800-488-8108
Admissions: (435)797-1079
Fax: (435)797-3900
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.usu.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Part of Utah System of Higher Education. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1888. Setting: 456-acre urban campus. Endowment: $74.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $106.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4567 per student. Total enrollment: 16,130. Faculty: 764 (727 full-time, 37 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 4,906 applied, 92% were admitted. 27% from top 10% of their high school class, 55% from top quarter, 84% from top half. 14 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 11,506 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 2,079 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 52 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 20% 25 or older, 7% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; home economics/vocational home economics. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, 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 Weber State University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.75 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $2850 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $9178 full-time. Mandatory fees: $524 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and student level. College room and board: $4230. College room only: $1550. 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. Social organizations: 250 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Latter-Day Saints Student Association, multicultural clubs, volunteer groups, college councils. Major annual events: homecoming, Halloween Howl. 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, video monitors in pedestrian tunnels. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Merrill Library plus 4 others with 1.5 million books, 2.6 million microform titles, 12,759 serials, 14,926 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $7.4 million. 875 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in the fertile Cache Valley, Logan is the headquarters for the adjacent Cache National Forest. The Cache Valley was originally an ancient lakebed 500 feet deep, and shorelines of the lake are still visible along the foothills. Today, the community has excellent transportation with airlines, railroad, and bus connections. Major highways enter the city from four directions. Dairying is an important economic feature of the community, and the city has one of the largest Swiss cheese factories in the world. Some part-time employment is available. Local recreation includes hunting, fishing, skiing, and all the water sports.