History, Affiliations and Rankings
Located in Salt Lake City in Utah, the University of Utah is a leading urban public research university offering more than 100 undergraduate and 80 postgraduate programs. Established in the year 1850, it was initially established as the University of Deseret but changed to its current name in 1892. The school's name was changed to the University of Utah in 1892, and John R. Park began organising to acquire land belonging to the United States Army's Fort Douglas on the Salt Lake Valley's east bench, where the university moved permanently in 1900. Focused on providing research-oriented knowledge, it is commonly known as a ‘doctoral university’. Since 1933, the University of Utah has been a public flagship four-year research university recognised by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Having said that, the University of Utah has the only accredited allopathic medical school in the State of Utah. The University of Utah is now placed among 251-300 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and at #151 as per the US News & World Report Best Global Universities rankings 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The University of Utah has 17 colleges and schools spread across 1,534 acres, including Architecture and Planning, Business, Cultural & Social Transformation, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health, Honors college, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Mining and Earth Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, Science, Social and Behavioural Science, and Social Work. It features about 100 academic departments and a plethora of academic multidisciplinary programs. This institution has a branch known as the University of Utah Health, which employs about 14,000 people. The campus is home to a diverse, multicultural and lively atmosphere that promotes overall student development. In addition, the institution provides students with over 100 undergraduate majors and 92 graduate degree programs. The university's campus comprises labs, research centres, libraries, exercise centres, halls, theatres, a cafeteria, and a student centre.
Accomplishments and Alumni
According to the National Science Foundation, the institution got $552 million in R&D funding in 2018, putting it 45th in the United States. It is also one of Utah's major employers, contributing millions of dollars in tax income to the state each year. The University also ranks #2 in Innovation Impact Productivity from the George W. Bush Institute. Since its establishment, the University has produced 16 Guggenheim Fellows, 13 National academy of Science members, 14 National Academy of Arts members, and 1 Nobel Prize Winner. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, this university also served as the Olympic Village, organizing the opening and closing ceremonies. Some of the names on its illustrious alumni list include J. Willard Marriott, the founder of the renowned Marriott hotels and Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The university has 24,485 undergraduate students and 8,333 graduate students for a total enrollment of 32,818, making it the state's second biggest public institution behind Utah Valley University. In addition, there are 1,115 university residences on campus for students, workers, and teachers spread among three housing complexes. The University of Utah had 72% increase in the number of diverse students in the current academic session. There is a Student Affairs community at the University of Utah that organizes cultural events, and student activities throughout the year to foster multicultural interactions. Pluralsight, Amazon, Intermountain Healthcare, Qualtrics and other corporations recruit graduates from the University of Utah.