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Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in Utah include 7 public and 6 private non-profit options.


    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in Utah is $7,657, according to College Board.


    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in Utah. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) — this organization examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of postsecondary education programs in the northwestern United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

Online College Programs That Might Interest You

Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Top 50 Colleges in Utah

Best Colleges In Utah

University of Utah

Utah Valley University

Utah State University

Western Governors University

Weber State University

Westminster University

Snow College

Southern Utah University

Utah Tech University

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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. As of May 2022, the five largest industries in Utah are office and administrative support occupations, transportation and material moving, sales, management, and food preparation and serving.

For workers with a bachelor’s degree, the five fastest-growing careers in Utah are data scientist, information security analyst, software developer, statistical assistant, and construction manager.

Reviewing the largest employers in Utah will give you a sense of the types of job opportunities that are available in this state. These employers include the University of Utah, Propack Logistics, ARUP Laboratories, Weber School District, and C.R. England.

What’s Next?

There are many grants, scholarships, and other opportunities available to help you pay for college. Below, we’ve listed some resources for finding 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 and education systems.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is the main form students use to apply for financial aid for college. To determine if you’re eligible for aid, submit a completed FAFSA form online.
  • CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder. This tool will show you available scholarships, grants, and loans and can be filtered by state and degree type. It includes information such as dollar amounts, how to apply, qualifications, deadlines, and contact details.

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