Best Private Colleges in Utah 2022

Private colleges, unlike large public institutions, can be a great option for students wanting a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Here is our list of the best private colleges in Utah.

Best Private 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.


What are Utah’s Colleges & Universities?

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What is the difference between public and private colleges?

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models. Public colleges and universities are owned by the state and receive both state and federal funding to operate. Private colleges and universities are private companies with private funding. If you’re looking at the pros and cons of private vs. public colleges, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a bachelor’s degree at a public university is often lower than the equivalent cost at a private college — especially for students attending a public school in their home state. Attending a college in-state is usually the cheapest option. Private universities and colleges can be very competitive with their funding opportunities, so do not simply believe that private colleges are always going to be more expensive. According to National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room and board for full-time students) at a public university was slightly over $20,000. In contrast, private universities cost, on average, nearly $43,000 annually. But in the end, the cost of college comes down to each student’s academic and financial situation.

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

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.

This list is composed entirely of private colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees. We’ve identified 6 private universities in Utah. To be included in the list below of the best private universities in Utah, schools must be fully accredited, private, non-profit institution, and must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees.

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Best Private Colleges in Utah

  1. #2

    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

  2. #3

    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
  3. #4

    Broadview University

    West Jordan , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Broadview University known for?
  4. #5

    Westminster College

    Salt Lake City , UT

    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

  5. #6

    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.

  1. Brigham Young University
  2. Westminster College
  3. Western Governors University