2022 best colleges in Utah best-colleges

As the flagship university of the Utah System of Higher Education, the University of Utah is home to top-ranking ballet, biology, and computer science programs, among others. Beyond academics, U of U is renowned for its sustainability initiatives and hosting the Olympic Village during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Utah State University, the state’s largest public residential institution, is a leader in aerospace research and has launched more student projects into space than any institution worldwide. Among the state’s private colleges is Brigham-Young University, which features one of the world’s best formation ballroom dance teams.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Utah

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

Admission rate: 70%

Grad rate: 85%

Net cost: $13,322

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $70,785

Vs. state average: + $28,559

Economic score: 0.97

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#2 in Utah

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 71%

Net cost: $14,773

Payback: 2.2 Years

Earnings: $60,590

Vs. state average: + $18,364

Economic score: 1.50

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#3 in Utah

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 53%

Net cost: $9,805

Payback: 2.2 Years

Earnings: $48,210

Vs. state average: + $5,984

Economic score: 1.90

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#4 in Utah

Westminster College

Salt Lake City, Utah

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $20,674

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $56,565

Vs. state average: + $14,339

Economic score: 2.12

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#5 in Utah

Utah State University

Logan, Utah

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $13,634

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $50,432

Vs. state average: + $8,206

Economic score: 2.30

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#6 in Utah

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $14,285

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $47,456

Vs. state average: + $5,230

Economic score: 2.86

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#7 in Utah

Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 41%

Net cost: $9,159

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $52,096

Vs. state average: + $9,870

Economic score: 1.56

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#8 in Utah

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 42%

Net cost: $11,968

Payback: 2.5 Years

Earnings: $51,840

Vs. state average: + $9,614

Economic score: 2.07

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