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Rank: 203

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UTwww.utah.edu
Sometimes called "the MIT of the West" for its strong science and computer science programs, the University of Utah stands out. As a state school that is socially prim and committed to academics, Utah provides its about 24,000 students with a good, relatively inexpensive, research-based education. It is also active in the arts, with well-respected programs in actor training, creative writing, and ballet, among others. Overall, Utes don't put a premium on having a typical college experience. The vast majority of students are commuters who return home on the weekends, and many of them are already married. Fraternities and sororities have a small presence on campus, and the administration is strict about maintaining its dry campus. Salt Lake City, though urban and lively, is not conducive to serious partying -- bars close at 1 a.m. Outdoor sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking, are all popular activities, and the campus has its own nine-hole golf course. A strong athletics program, with 18 teams that play in the Division I Pac-12 Conference, offers high-quality facilities for participating students and lots of spectator opportunities for everyone else.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$24,200
% of students who get any grants
55%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$12,200
Average price for low-income students
$10,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
76%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1180/24
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
28,686
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
82%
% of need met
65%
% of students who get merit* grants
27%
Average merit grant
$6,212
student success
Graduation rate
65%
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$51,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
31%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Dec 1
Regular application
April 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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