Why This Matters

  • 11 ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN UTAH

    According to College Navigator, Utah has 11 two-year institutions that grant associate degrees.

  • $3,945 AVERAGE TUITION & FEES

    College Board revealed that, during the 2020-21 school year, Utah students paid an average of $3,945 in tuition and fees at public, in-district community colleges.

  • 437,899 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN TWO-YEAR INSTITUTIONS RELIED ON FINANCIAL AID

    The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 76.9% of students attending two-year institutions in the U.S. received financial aid during the 2018-19 school year.

Our Research

This list features the best community colleges in Utah. We focused on two-year programs and included both public and private schools, as well as online and in-person courses. We also based our selections on tuition and the minimum number of credits required to graduate.

To ensure that every program on our list provides a high-quality education, we only included institutions that have been accredited by a reputable organization. Many of the colleges on our list are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), which evaluates schools based on mission, integrity, and performance. We also featured schools accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), an accreditor recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

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The Top 50 Community Colleges in Utah

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What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in Utah

As you review different community colleges, keep in mind your career and salary goals. As of May 2020, the highest-paying careers that require an associate degree in Utah are air traffic controllers, radiation therapists, diagnostic medical sonographers, nuclear medicine technologists, and magnetic resonance imaging technologists.

The job market in Utah can be competitive, especially for new graduates. Associate degree holders should consider which fields have high employment rates. The top five occupations expected to have the most job openings over the next 10 years are paralegals and legal assistants, preschool teachers (excluding special education), architectural and civil drafters, veterinary technologists and technicians, and web developers.

As they enter the workforce, students should also consider which fields tend to have low employment rates. The college-level occupations that are generally expected to decline in Utah are medical transcriptionists, prepress technicians and workers, and electrical and electronics repairers (powerhouse, substation, and relay).

What’s Next?

An important part of preparing for community college is considering which financial aid opportunities you should pursue. To help associate degree students fund their education, we’ve put together a list of federal and state resources that connect you to grants, scholarships, and other aid opportunities.

  • Utah System of Higher Education. The Utah System of Higher Education helps students fund their education by facilitating access to state aid and scholarship programs.
  • Federal Student Aid. Every year, the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid offers $120 billion worth of scholarships, grants, and loans to students across the country. You can determine your eligibility at the FAFSA4caster and apply with the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. Sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this resource connects students to the different scholarships and grants available in their state. Users can filter searches by degree level and gain access to helpful details about award amounts, application requirements, and deadlines.