Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, Utah has nine private for-profit colleges, nine private non-profit colleges, and seven public colleges.


    College Board has determined that this is the sum that the typical Utah college student paid in tuition during the 2020-21 school year for an in-state public school.


    For the 2019-20 school year, full-time students across the U.S. received this amount in financial aid on average.

Our Research

This list is a curated compilation of the best colleges in Utah. We looked at colleges that range from large research universities to technical colleges that offer both online and in-class instruction and provided information about tuition and graduation requirements.

Our list only includes accredited colleges, which helps to ensure that they meet a very high standard of educational quality. The colleges on our list are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), which strives to foster excellence through evaluating institutions for performance, integrity, and academic quality.

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.

  • 66 hours to write this article
  • 77 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 88 education programs we compared

The Top 50 Colleges in Utah

Best Colleges In Utah
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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Utah

In order to maximize the earning potential of your college degree, it’s important to look at the industries and companies that are growing in your state and attempt to match your field of study with market trends. According to a report from October 2020, the top five industries that showed the biggest positive changes in growth in Utah were trade, transportation and utilities; goods-producing services; government; professional and business services; and education and health services.

For those looking for employment with a college degree, the five fastest-growing careers in Utah are software developers, market research analysts and marketing specialists, operations research analysts, credit counselors, and hydrologists.

The biggest employers in the state come from the list of the top 50 largest employers in Utah, and these include University of Utah Health, Arup Blood Svc, ICON Health & Fitness Inc, Century Link, and more.

What’s Next?

Financial aid programs, both federal and state, are available to help pay for college and can come in the form of grants, scholarships, and other types of aid. Here we’ve listed some resources to help you find financial aid in Utah.

  • Utah State Aid Programs. The Utah System of Higher Education lists scholarship programs that are available based on need or to encourage participation in certain essential fields, such as the Utah criminal justice system and education system.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Every year, $120 billion is paid out by the U.S. Department of Education in federal financial aid for college students. Students may receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loan, and work-study programs. Students may apply by going to the online FAFSA form, or they can visit FAFSA4caster to find out more information about eligibility.
  • CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop lists information for each state about scholarships and grants that are available for college students. Students can filter their search by degree type and the state they wish to study in.