Best Colleges in Utah 2022

Here are the best colleges and universities in Utah. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Best Colleges in Utah 2022

Colleges and Universities in Utah

Students hoping to earn their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in Utah can choose from among 18 different colleges and universities. Ten of these schools are private, including a fully online school — Western Governors University — which serves almost 80,000 students. Brigham Young University in Provo, one of Utah’s two religiously affiliated schools, has some of the state’s top programs in religious studies, history, and business.

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While tuition at private schools can be costly, fees at these two schools fall below the national average, ranging between $6,000 and $7,000. Utah’s public universities are also on the cost-friendly side. Utah Valley University, the state’s largest public school, serves over 28,000 students and has a sticker price of about $6,000. The University of Utah, another affordable option, is close behind, with a student population of just under 28,000 students. Here, students can earn degrees in fields such as computer science, chemistry, engineering, and anthropology.

If you’re someone who lives life to the extreme, Utah may be just the place for you. Careening down the hills at its world-class ski resorts, braving the rapids on white-water rafting trips, hiking through national parks, and speeding across mountain bike trails are just some of the ways visitors and residents of The Beehive State can get their thrills. Another selling point for Utah? Average tuition for this state’s colleges and universities falls thousands of dollars below the national average.

Learn more about Utah’s higher education opportunities by checking out the state’s many affordable colleges and universities.


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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 13 colleges and universities in Utah that meet our criteria. This list of the top colleges in Utah below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in Utah.

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Best Colleges in Utah 2022

  1. #3

    Utah State University

    Logan , UT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/24

    What is Utah State University known for?

    Utah State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Economics
    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Education
    • History
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #4

    Weber State University

    Ogden , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    19K

    What is Weber State University known for?

    Weber State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • History
    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Communications
    • Economics
    • Anthropology
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #5

    Utah Valley University

    Orem , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    29K

    What is Utah Valley University known for?

    Utah Valley University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #6

    Southern Utah University

    Cedar City , UT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    What is Southern Utah University known for?

    Southern Utah University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Business
    • Sociology
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

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  5. #7

    Snow College

    Ephraim , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Snow College known for?

    Snow College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Business
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #8

    Dixie State University

    Saint George , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    8K

    What is Dixie State University known for?

    Dixie State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Education
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Engineering
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #9

    Western Governors University

    Salt Lake City , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    113K

    What is Western Governors University known for?

    Western Governors University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #10

    Independence University

    Salt Lake City , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    17K

    What is Independence University known for?

    Independence University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
  9. #11

    Broadview University

    West Jordan , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Broadview University known for?
  10. #12

    Westminster College

    Salt Lake City , UT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/24

    What is Westminster College known for?

    Westminster College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #13

    Provo College

    Provo , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Provo College known for?

    Provo College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.