Utah’s Best Colleges & Universities of 2021

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

Utah’s Best Colleges & Universities of 2021

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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How do we determine Utah's best colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

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.

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


Every fall, more than 2 million high-school graduates will enroll in colleges and universities across the United States. Finding the best college for your educational, personal, and professional goals may be challenging. The purpose of this ranking is to help you manage this challenge with an accurate, objective, and up-to-date ranking of the best colleges and universities in Utah for earning a bachelor’s degree.

We’ve identified a total of 13 colleges and universities in Utah, 8 of which satisfy our criteria. The list below of the best schools in the state focuses on those that offer four-year undergraduate degrees, includes both public and private colleges and universities, and also meet the following two conditions:

  1. It must be a non-profit institution.
  2. It must offer a wide variety of bachelor’s degrees.
  3. It must be fully accredited.

Best Colleges & Universities in Utah

  1. #1

    University of Utah

    #83 institution's historical influence
    #1235 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1261/25

    Salt Lake City, UT

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    What is University of Utah known for?

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

    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Brigham Young University

    #148 institution's historical influence
    #102 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1315/28

    Provo, UT

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    What is Brigham Young University known for?

    Brigham Young University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Literature
    • Law
    • Education
    • History
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    Utah State University

    #440 institution's historical influence
    #447 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/24

    Logan, UT

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    What is Utah State University known for?

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

    • Biology
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Economics
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Westminster College

    #4102 institution's historical influence
    #399 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/24

    Salt Lake City, UT

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    What is Westminster College known for?

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

    • Business
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Medical
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Earth Sciences
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Weber State University

    #1410 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    19K

    Ogden, UT

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    What is Weber State University known for?

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

    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
  6. #6

    Southern Utah University

    #2660 institution's historical influence
    #372 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    Cedar City, UT

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    What is Southern Utah University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
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  7. #7

    Utah Valley University

    #2361 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    29K

    Orem, UT

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    What is Utah Valley University known for?

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

    • Business
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Medical
  8. #8

    Western Governors University

    #3743 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    113K

    Salt Lake City, UT

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    What is Western Governors University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Medical

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