Utah’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges of 2021

Liberal arts colleges are a great option for students seeking a well-rounded education in an intimate campus setting. The best liberal arts colleges in Utah offer a diverse selection of degree programs with opportunities for a highly individualized educational experience.

Utah’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges 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.

A liberal arts college is a school that puts a premium on undergraduate studies and offers a broad range of subjects for students to study. A college of liberal arts typically provides smaller class sizes, more direct engagement with professors, and, most importantly, the opportunity to sample a wide range of subject areas on the way to a bachelor’s degree. We’ve identified a total of 10 liberal arts colleges and universities in Utah, 5 of which satisfy our criteria. The list below of the best liberal arts schools in the state satisfies the following four conditions:

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

Best Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities in Utah

  1. #1

    Westminster College

    Salt Lake City , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    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:

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

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  2. 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
    • Education
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
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  3. #3

    Southern Utah University

    Cedar City , UT

    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:

    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
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  4. 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:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Medical
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  5. #5

    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:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Medical
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