The University of Utah is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, with 18 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs, and an enrollment of more than 32,000 students. In November 2019, the university was selected as a new member of the Association of American Universities—an invitation-only, prestigious group of 65 leading research institutions in North America that are marked by excellence in academic expertise and research impact, student success and securing resources in support of core missions.
The university is uniquely situated to offer both unmatched outdoor and exciting urban experiences. While mountain vistas are only a few steps away and vast red-rock desert landscapes are within reach of a scenic afternoon drive, the campus also happens to be located in Salt Lake City, one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing—economically and culturally—metropolises in the U.S.
With ready access to spectacular skiing, mountain biking and hiking and a vibrant array of cultural, culinary and entertainment venues, there is a lot going on just beyond the campus boundaries. Yet what's happening within the university’s 1,535-acre hillside campus is even more compelling. At the U, as it is affectionately called, you'll find world-class research, education and clinical care complemented by a lively social, cultural and athletic campus experience.
The U's success in achieving excellence in research and teaching reflects the values of Utah: An unparalleled work ethic and a spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration and community service. These qualities have enabled the U to innovate across many fields and pioneer new programs with social impact; generate pathbreaking discoveries; fuel critical research; and inspire innovative approaches to education.
The U is the University for Utah just as it is the University of Utah. The U strives to be a model public university in delivering unmatched value in higher education and health care while making social, economic and cultural contributions that improve the quality of life throughout the state, the nation and the world. The U's reputation for excellence draws top-tier faculty and attracts motivated students from across the country and internationally. These students bring with them diverse experiences and outlooks—representing traditional and nontraditional students alike—thereby enhancing the exceptional educational experience the U offers.
With revenues in excess of $5 billion (FY20), the university is considered one of Utah’s primary economic engines and is among the state’s largest employers. The university received $603 million in FY20 in sponsored research project grants, an institutional record, and funding that has a direct impact on the state’s economy. The university is a catalyst for a research corridor through northern Utah that is a hotbed for technology and development activities, colloquially known as Silicon Slopes.
As part of the university, University of Utah Health is the only academic medical center in the state of Utah and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, western Colorado, and much of Nevada. It also serves as the training ground for the majority of the state’s physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care professionals. With an annual budget of $4.3 billion (FY20), U of U Health is comprised of five hospitals and 12 community health care centers; University of Utah Medical Group with 1,600 members; a highly ranked, $408 million research enterprise; six schools and colleges, including the colleges of health, nursing and pharmacy, the Eccles Health Sciences Library and the schools of dentistry and medicine. U of U Health also includes a health plan with more than 236,000 members, which offers a full suite of medical and pharmacy benefits for employer groups, individuals, families, as well as Medicaid and Medicare.
It is also home to ARUP Laboratories, one of the nation’s largest reference laboratories, and numerous institutes and centers that reﬂect the health system’s strengths in oncology, cardiology, orthopaedics, mental health, rehabilitation, ophthalmology, neuroscience, precision medicine, population health, diabetes treatment, genetics and global health. Excellence in patient care, education and research—all in service to the community—is vital to its overall mission. Staffed by more than 20,000 employees, U of U Health is recognized nationally as a transformative health care system and regionally as a provider of world-class care. It has been nationally ranked in the top 10 for quality for 10 years in a row, and as the No. 1 hospital in the state for the past six years.
Together as One U, U of U Health serves communities and the region, leads education and discovery, and innovates care that is accountable for outcomes. U of U health believes in the communities, partners and people who make the health system all that it is, and the system remains committed to their health, wellness and success.