Why This Matters

  • 9 ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN UTAH

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

  • $4,233 AVERAGE TUITION & FEES

    College Board revealed that, during the 2022-23 school year, Utah students paid an average of $4,233 in tuition and fees at public, in-district community colleges.

  • 452,493 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN TWO-YEAR INSTITUTIONS RELIED ON FINANCIAL AID

    The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 80.6% of students attending two-year institutions in the U.S. received financial aid during the 2019-20 school year.

Our Research

This list features some of the best community colleges in Utah. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality for post-secondary institutions. We included small, midsize, and large colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications like the U.S. News & World Report among others 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), a reputable organization that examines objectives, quality and overall effectiveness of education programs in the northwest region of the United States.We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the student resources provided for students. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

The Top 5 Community Colleges in Utah

Best Community Colleges In Utah Badge 2023
01
Intelligent Pick
Davis Technical College
01
Best Trade Programs
Mountainland Technical College
01
Best for Health Sciences
Bridgerland Technical College
01
Best Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Salt Lake Community College
01
Best Faith-based Institution
Ensign College

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 2021, 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, dental hygienists, and life, physical, and social science technicians.

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 electrical and electronics repairers (powerhouse, substation, and relay) and prepress technicians.

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.