Aug 20, 2017



Known for its world-class ski resorts and tall, scenic mountains, Utah is located in the western part of the United States. The state shares borders with Idaho to the north, Wyoming to the northeast, Colorado to the east, Arizona to the south, New Mexico to the south east, and Nevada to the west.

According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Utah’s population was 2,900,872 in 2013. Salt Lake City is the state’s largest city and capital. Other major cities include West Valley City, Provo, West Jordan, Orem, and Ogden.

Utah is a major tourism destination with year-round outdoor activities. In 2002, Utah successfully hosted the Olympic Winter Games. Today, the state continues to benefit from the legacy of the games. Salt Lake City enjoys a strong reputation as a world-class winter sports hub, and millions of residents and visitors come to city every year for major events and recreation activities.

Utah has one of the nation’s thriving economies, underpinned by tourism and several other key industries, including manufacturing, mining, agriculture, life sciences, software and information technology, and financial services. The state is also home to a thriving film industry and hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival.

The Utah System of Higher Education comprises eight public colleges and universities, including two research universities, namely the University of Utah and Utah State University. In addition, there are many independent universities and colleges, for example, Brigham Young University, Western Governors University, and Westminster College. Brigham Young University—Provo is ranked 62nd among the top national universities (U.S. News, 2015).

Top Reasons to Study in Utah

  • Quality of Life: Utah is an excellent place to live with great natural attractions, beautiful scenery, and some of the best outdoor recreational opportunities. In 2013, the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index ranked Utah fourth in the nation. The index measures six indicators including perceived quality of life, physical and emotional health, overall health, work environment, and access to basic necessities. Residents have access to excellent health facilities. A 2014 report by Livability ranks Salt Lake City the 8th best place to live in America, while Provo ranks 20th.
  • Employment Prospects: A 2014 CNBC report ranks Utah the third best state for business in the country – a reputation that has attracted hundreds of businesses to the state. Today, Utah is one of the top states in the nation for aerospace employment. Major aerospace employers include L3 Communications, Northrop-Grumman, The Boeing Company, and Lockheed-Martin. In addition, the state is a key financial services hub that is home to the highest number of industrial banks in the nation. Utah’s life sciences industry is also thriving, and the state accounts for 70 percent of all arterial and vascular access devices produced in the world.
  • Cost of Living: Utah's cost of living is well below national levels.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Utah, contact the Utah System of Higher Education.



College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
University of Utah Finance,Management,Petroleum Engineering Public >10,000 Request Info
Salt Lake Comminity College Business,Interdisciplinary Studies,Security/Protective Services Public >10,000 Request Info
Utah Valley University Business,Education,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
Westminster College Business,Social Sciences Private >10,000 Request Info
Southern Utah Univeristy Business,Education,Parks/Recreation Public >10,000 Request Info
Dixie State College Business,Education,Physical Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
Weber State University Business,Education,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
Utah State University Business,Computer/ Information Sciences,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info

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