Look locally. There’s a college in Utah for your child.
College is much more affordable if you stay in Utah. Resident tuition is generally 50% less than non-resident tuition. Consider visiting Utah college campuses during summer vacation or when you’ll be in the area on a family trip.
College fit: Finding the right one.
Ask your child:
1) What do you want to be?
Encourage your child to ask around, explore, and see what careers may interest them.
2) What type of degree will help you get there?
Work together to discover if they need a one-year certificate, a four-year degree, or beyond to pursue their chosen career path.
3) What kind of college environment do you want?
Some students will thrive in a large college setting, while others will prefer a smaller, more intimate collegiate experience. What’s best for your child? Luckily, Utah has many different sizes and experiences available right here in the state. Help them find colleges and universities that offer the program they are interested in along with any other activities that your child desires: clubs, sports, lifestyle considerations, etc.
4) Where do you want to live?
A city? A small town? Something in between? Now, will your child be living at home or moving away? If moving away, there are many on- and off-campus options. Know that students who live on campus often do better in college and socially.
5) How do WE make it happen?
Together, explore and empower yourself with information regarding deadlines and requirements to help your child stay on track with admissions and remain eligible for their chosen college(s).
Local options: Here’s what Utah has to offer.
Utah’s public colleges and universities
University Of Utah
The University of Utah, a proud member of the Pac-12 Conference, is located in Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch mountain range and is Utah’s flagship university. Founded in 1850, it serves more than 33,000 students from across the United States and the world. With more than 90 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 100 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law, dentistry, and medicine, the University prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace.
Utah State University
At Utah State University, students will be pushed to be better, go further, to participate and to lead. Located in Logan, USU is the complete package that offers an incredible value for students. With top-notch faculty, amazing student life, hands-on undergraduate research, NCAA Division 1 athletics, and the largest residential campus in Utah, USU has big-school opportunities with a small-school feel. In fact, Forbes ranked USU as the “#3 Highest Ranked Public Institution in the nation with the lowest tuition” and US News and World Report ranked USU as “#12 of the nation’s best public universities for graduates with the least debt.” USU is also Utah’s land grant university, with campuses across the state.
Weber State University
Weber State University offers a variety of two- and four-year degrees, as well as multiple graduate programs. A leader in undergraduate education, WSU provides a small-class environment where students work closely with faculty and participate in research and community-service opportunities. Outside the classroom, students take part in more than 175 clubs, cheer on 16 NCAA teams and enjoy cultural and recreational offerings. Combining low tuition with more than $100 million in scholarships and financial aid yearly, WSU is one of the most affordable universities in The West.
Southern Utah University
SUU is the only school in Utah to guarantee every student graduates not just with a degree, but with a resume of professional experience. As Utah’s designated liberal arts and sciences university, SUU offers the traditional college experience, with hands-on learning from professors who get to know students as individuals, working alongside them in undergraduate research, service and study abroad. With 8,000 students across 150 programs, 80% of SUU’s classes have less than 30 students, yet the University is large enough to compete in Division I Big Sky Conference athletics, sponsor 150 student organizations, and employ top national scholars. Beyond campus, students enjoy 13 nearby national and state parks, just minutes from Cedar City, the ninth most affordable college town in the US.
Consistently ranked as a top institution in the nation, Snow College is the place for students looking to achieve academic success in a fun and safe residential campus environment. With campuses located in Ephraim and Richfield, Snow College also offers online classes and degree options; students can complete degrees in Associate of Arts, Science or Applied Science; Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in commercial music, in addition to numerous specialized, short-term vocational training certificates and diplomas. Furthermore, Snow College’s tuition, fees and housing combined are the most affordable in the state of Utah.
Dixie State University
Dixie State University is an open enrollment institution that believes in educational access for all students. DSU strives to enrich its community and the lives of its students by promoting a culture of learning, values, and community,. Dixie State offers 54 undergraduate programs and 25 highly sought-after bachelor’s degree programs. DSU also remains true to its community college mission by offering associate degrees and certificate programs that meet the needs of students and the community. With the lowest in-state and out-of-state tuition costs of any of Utah’s four-year institutions, DSU offers an affordable educational opportunity in a picturesque setting among the red rocks of St. George and Washington County.
Utah Valley University
As a teaching university dedicated to student success, Utah Valley University offers professional certificates and diplomas, more than 120 associate and bachelor’s degrees, and a targeted number of master’s degrees for a rapidly increasing number of students with diverse interests and backgrounds. Located in Orem, Utah, between the Wasatch Mountains and Utah Lake, UVU is what the prestigious Carnegie Foundation calls a “community engaged” institution. This means two things: first, UVU students prepare for professional life through “engaged learning,” or the integration of academic and hands-on learning. Second, UVU has a long-standing commitment to serving the needs of the local community.
Salt Lake Community College
As Utah’s most diverse institution of higher education, SLCC is an open access, comprehensive community college. Offering a full range of academic programs and economic development opportunities, the College specializes in workforce development and general education for transfer to four-year universities. The College emphasizes small class sizes with support for each student. SLCC combines high value and affordability with quality education. The College offers a personal feel by maintaining a student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1. Scholarships and financial aid are available for students who qualify.
Utah College of Applied Technology
UCAT is Utah’s system of eight regional “applied technology colleges” (ATCs). The ATCs offer 290 accredited certificates preparing students for a variety of technical fields. In as little as three to 18 months, students can gain the skills they need to become employed in a great job. Many programs also articulate to associate degrees at other colleges and universities. High school students attend tuition-free, and adults pay just $1.75 – $2.00 per clock hour. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Classes are taught in a self-paced, hands-on environment.
Utah’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University seeks to develop students of faith, intellect and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve other throughout their lives. Established in 1875, the university provides an outstanding education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Recognized for its strong academic programs, BYU is known for its intellectually minded and internationally experienced student body, world-class teaching, and Division I athletic teams.
LDS Business College
LDS Business College’s mission is education but its focus is careers. The college has relationships with employers who are waiting to hire its graduates. Returned missionaries who attend within one year of their honorable release date receive half off their first semester tuition. Students learn in a personalized setting with an average of 24 students per class. Learning is enhanced by a rich, spiritual environment, weekly devotionals, and Institute of Religion courses. Temple Square, gateway and City Creek Mall, major entertainment and sporting events are all within walking distance of the campus. The Collete’s 2,000 students come from every state and more than 60 countries worldwide.
Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real-world experiences, and its vibrant campus community. With a beautiful campus located in the Sugar House neighborhood, classes are never more than a five minute walk away. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience.