UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

University of Utah is a public institution that was founded in 1850. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,149, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,535 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Utah’s ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 129.

The university offers 72 undergraduate majors, more than 70 minors and certificates, more than 40 teaching majors and minors, and 95 major fields of study at the graduate level. Students at the undergraduate level can also create an individualized major under the direction of the Bachelor of University Studies program and the supervision of a tenure-track faculty member. In late 2009 the University announced that it would be adding a Masters in Real Estate program to their offerings. The university has three semesters a year: spring, summer, and fall.

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One of the university’s primary four goals for long-term campus growth is to increase student engagement through the addition of on-campus housing, intramural fields, athletic centers, and a new student activity center.

The university’s athletic teams, the Utes, participate in NCAA Division I athletics (FBS for football) as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Its football team has received national attention in recent years for winning the 2005 Fiesta Bowland the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

The University of Utah’s well regarded S. J. Quinney College of Law, College of Engineering, College of Education, and David Eccles School of Business all offer degree programs for graduate students. The U of U School of Medicine, which is particularly well regarded for its primary care program, is the only medical school in the state.

Notable alumni include Jim Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO, and Healtheon; John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe Systems; Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese; Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar; J. Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott International; Robert A. “Bob” McDonald, CEO of Procter & Gamble; and David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue.

At University of Utah, 41.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,317.

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