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Online and On-Campus Colleges in UTAH

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  • Utah's Public Colleges & Universities, Utah System of Higher Education, Accessed May 2017, https://higheredutah.org/usheschools/
  • Utah State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.usu.edu/
  • About the U, The University of Utah, Accessed May 2017, https://www.utah.edu/about/
  • About UVU, Utah Valley University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.uvu.edu/visitors/aboutuvu/index.html
  • About WSU, Weber State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.weber.edu/AboutWSU/
  • About BYU, Brigham Young University, Accessed May 2017, http://news.byu.edu/about
  • About Dixie, Dixie State University, Accessed May 2017, https://about.dixie.edu/
  • About Southern Utah University, Southern Utah University, Accessed May 2017, https://www.suu.edu/general/
  • Snow College Marks 120 Years of History, Snow College, October 31, 2008, https://www.snow.edu/pr/08/103108.html
  • About Us, Westminster College, Accessed May 2017, https://www.westminstercollege.edu/about
  • Gain Skills For The Real World At Broadview's West Jordan Campus, Broadview University, Accessed May 2017, http://broadviewuniversity.edu/location/west-jordan-utah/
  • About Us, UHEAA Accessed May 2017, https://www.uheaa.org/about
  • Scholarship directory data is copyrighted material which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. Copyright © 2017-18 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.
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Despite being a largely rural western state, Utah is home to several powerhouse schools. These include public and private universities as well as online colleges that serve students in the state and beyond.

The Utah System of Higher Education includes six public universities, one public college and one community college. Articulation agreements allow credits to easily transfer between schools within the system. That can be particularly beneficial for students who want to start their education at a less expensive community college and then move to a university to earn their bachelor's degree.

In addition to public schools, Utah is home to a strong line-up of private colleges and universities. Brigham Young University is one of the best-known institutions in the state. Utah is also the base for Western Governors University, a major source for online Utah degrees.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Utah

Based upon a methodology that looks at factors such as cost, financial aid and degree availability, here are the ten best four-year colleges in Utah.

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1Utah State University+
ADMISSION RATE
90%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
17

Utah State University isn't only the best school in Utah, it's also one of the top choices in the nation. The university is known for affordable tuition rates, a wide range of degree options and solid retention and graduation rates. It is also one of the best online colleges for Utah with nearly half its students enrolled in distance education in 2015.

Founded in 1888, USU's main campus is in Logan. The city has been named a top college town for its unique mix of arts, culture and outdoor activities. Utah State University has other residence campuses in Price and Blanding as well as dozens of regional campuses and centers across the state.

USU ranks first in the state for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees. It is also third in the state for graduating students with the lowest median amount of debt.

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2University of Utah+
ADMISSION RATE
76%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$45
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

As the flagship school of the Utah System of Higher Education, The University of Utah was founded in 1850. At its campus in Salt Lake City, faculty include one Nobel Prize winner as well as dozens of honorees from distinguished organizations such as the Guggenheim Foundation, National Academy of Science and National Institute of Health. The U, as it is often called, is part of the Pac-12 athletic conference.

The University of Utah ranks first in the state for the number of academic programs it offers. The school has 17 colleges and almost 100 departments offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In 2015, communications was the most popular bachelor's degree awarded.

Among the school's other notable attributes are its retention and graduation rates. The University of Utah ranks third in the state for retaining students and second for graduating them on time.

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3Utah Valley University+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
7

Enrolling more than 33,000 students in 2015, Utah Valley University narrowly edges out The University of Utah as the largest public university in the state. The school's campus in Orem has a reputation for being one of the safest in the nation.

Compared to other Utah institutions, UVU ranks high for affordability, financial aid and degree availability. The university is first in the state for its low average net price as well as its average net price for low-income students. When it comes to helping students afford school, Utah Valley University ranks second for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees.

Students will find numerous degree program options at Utah Valley University. In fact, the school ranks fourth in the state for the number of academic programs it offers. Should a student run into difficulty with their classes, the Academic Standards Office is available to provide support services.

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4Weber State University+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
13

Weber State University is another of the state's large public universities. The school boasts of having more than 225 programs that lead to associate, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as certificates. Those help rank WSU fifth for the overall number of academic programs it offers. The university keeps its tuition affordable and ranks third for its average net price.

Located in Ogden, Weber State University is an integral part of the larger community. It hosts sports camps and coordinates Science in the Parks and Arts in the Parks days to be run in conjunction with the Odgen City School District's free lunch program. The school has other locations in five communities including Roy, Clearfield and Morgan.

More than half the WSU student body are enrolled on a part-time basis. To help adult learners be successful, there are night and weekend classes, and students may be able to earn credit for life experiences.

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5Brigham Young University-Provo+
ADMISSION RATE
51%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

The largest university in Utah is Brigham Young University. Founded and supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), the university has locations in Idaho and Hawaii as well as Utah. However, its flagship location is in Provo.

BYU is internationally known and draws students from all 50 states as well as more than 100 countries. It offers degrees in almost all the state's most popular fields of study, although exercise science was the major selected by the greatest number of graduates in 2015.

Brigham Young University's stellar graduation rate ranks first for Utah and its retention rate is number four in the state. It is also first for the cost of its books and supplies and the three-year debt repayment rate of graduates. BYU ranks second for the low median debt carried by graduates and has the second lowest average net rate for low-income students.

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6Dixie State University+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Located in St. George, Dixie State University is another affordable education option in Utah. The school has the second-best sticker price for tuition and fees in the state. What's more, 78 percent of students are offered financial assistance, according to the university. That helps it ranks third for the best average net price for low-income students.

DSU was originally founded as an LDS school in 1911. It was converted to a public institution in 1935. While the school filled the role of a community college for many years, it formally became a university in 2013. Today, Dixie State University includes six colleges that cover fields of study including the arts, education, science and technology.

In addition to being affordable, the university gets high marks for offering a flexible and supportive learning environment. There are online, night and weekend classes available as well as the option to earn credit for life experiences.

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7Southern Utah University+
ADMISSION RATE
72%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
15

Southern Utah University likes to say it has the world's best backyard. Located in Cedar City and in close proximity to national parks and monuments, its campus is both historic and beautiful. The school was founded in 1897 and today is a regional university serving nearly 9,000 students. Its athletics department is part of the Big Sky Conference and has had champion teams in football, basketball, softball and cross country.

While there are plenty of reasons to study on the SUU campus, many people choose to study from their home or elsewhere. More than a third of the student body was enrolled in some form of distance education in 2015. That's enough to rank the university sixth in the state for that metric.

The university also ranks sixth for its graduation rate. Southern Utah University offers remedial support services, night and weekend classes and academic counseling, all factors that could help students earn their degree on-time.

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8Snow College+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

Snow College has the distinction of having the lowest tuition and fees of all the Utah schools surveyed. It is also first in the nation, not just the state, when it comes to helping its students minimize their education debt. Snow College ranks first for the low median debt carried by graduates.

Like some other institutions in Utah, Snow College began as an LDS academy. It was founded in 1888, and control of the school was transferred to the state in the 1930s. For many years, Snow College served as the junior college for the region and is the oldest two-year school west of the Mississippi River. While Snow College still primarily provides technical training and awards associate degrees, it has also expanded to begin offering bachelor's degrees.

The college is part of the Utah System of Higher Education and has its campus in Ephraim.

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9Westminster College+
ADMISSION RATE
84%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
6

Based in Salt Lake City, Westminster College does a good job helping its students successfully completely their degree programs. The college ranks second in the state for its retention rate and third for its graduation rate.

Westminster students benefit from small classes — the student to faculty ratio is 9:1 — and a flexible learning environment. Night and weekend classes are available as well as remedial support and academic counseling. Adult learners may be eligible for credit based upon their work history or other previous experience. Those who want to earn an online bachelor's degree in Utah will find both nursing and business options here.

Westminster College was established in 1875. It is a private, independent institution with four separate schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, School of Education and School of Nursing and Health Services. All four confer undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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10Broadview University-West Jordan+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
18

The West Jordan location of Broadview University is the smallest school on this list but also arguably the one of the best online colleges in Utah. While the campus hosts classes for only associate and a certificate program, the school's online offerings are substantial. They include a number of options to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the comfort of your home.

Broadview University ranks second in the state for both the number of distance education programs offered and the percentage of students enrolled in those courses. The school's CareerPath initiative lets students take 6-week online classes and complete their degree at an accelerated pace. Adult learners may be able to transfer up to 75 percent of the credits they need to earn a degree. Those credits could come from previous college courses or work and life experience.

The university was founded in 1977 as a career college. It has been awarding bachelor's degrees since 2006.

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Most Popular Degree Programs in Utah

While some majors are popular nationwide, others reflect the interests and economy of a particular state. Here's a look at which degrees are top choices in Utah.

In-Demand Careers in Utah

Students hoping to work in Utah after their graduation may want to look for a degree program leading to one of the following careers. These are all expected to see significant growth in the state.

Career TitleProjected Job GrowthTotal EmploymentAnnual Salary
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians78.6%1,030$28,410
Biomedical Engineers68%580$78,550
Statisticians63.8%210$84,180
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other61%260$49,460
Atmospheric and Space Scientists60.7%160$75,970
Operations Research Analysts59.6%780$80,570
Software Developers, Applications58.7%9,700$95,190
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers58.6%450$21,320
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary56.7%1,910$140,070
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary55.6%310$60,060
Orthotists and Prosthetists55.5%-$69,010
Web Developers55.2%1,850$64,420
Interpreters and Translators54.7%1,270$43,840
Veterinarians54.6%360$85,290
Credit Counselors52.6%390$39,390
Computer and Information Research Scientists52.6%680$91,680
Personal Financial Advisors52.1%1,920$87,650
Survey Researchers51.9%180$50,680
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists51.5%6,250$59,250
Genetic Counselors51%50$70,210
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other50.7%-$56,240
Brickmasons and Blockmasons50.6%1,390$39,820
Stonemasons50.6%240$37,760
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters49.7%480$30,280
Computer Systems Analysts49.5%3,800$80,660
Law Teachers, Postsecondary49.3%150$150,400
Physical Therapist Assistants49%640$50,300
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other48.9%610$40,570
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists48.6%140$62,830
Nurse Midwives48.3%90$102,620
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Utah

Financial aid may be available to qualified applicants to pay for both on-campus and online Utah degree programs. To apply for government assistance, students first need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority then administers the approved federal student loans through its CornerStone Education Loan Services program. Aid may also available through private loans, grants and scholarships, many of which require completion of the FAFSA.

 
Utah Centennial Opportunity Program for Education (UCOPE)
Applicant must be attending an UHEAA school. Selection is based upon financial need. FAFSA is required.
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MAX. AWARD AMOUNT

$5,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

 

 

 
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)
Applicant must be attending a public or private non-profit institution or post-secondary vocational school in Utah which has a participating agreement with the organization. Selection is based upon financial need. FAFSA is required.
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MAX. AWARD AMOUNT

$2,500

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

 

 

 
Top Ten Scholarship
Applicant must be a high school senior who is a resident of Utah and graduating in the top ten percent of their class.
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MAX. AWARD AMOUNT

$1,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.2 GPA and completes 24 hours of coursework to renew this waiver in the amount of $750 for the second year; it cannot be renewed thereafter.

 
Utah Association of Independent Insurance Agents Scholarship
Applicants must be Utah high school seniors. They must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must be active in extracurricular activities. Selection is based on the overall strength of the application.
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MAX. AWARD AMOUNT

N/A

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 1

 

 

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Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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