Established in 1850, the University of Utah is a public, coeducational, space-grant research university located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Courses are also held at off-campus centers located in Bountiful, Murray, Park City, downtown Salt Lake City, and Sandy. The university is classified as "R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The Carnegie Classification also classifies the university as "selective", which is its second most selective admissions category.
The university offers more than 100 undergraduate and more than 90 graduate degree programs. It comprises of 17 colleges and schools and nearly 100 departments. S.J. Quinney College of Law, College of Engineering, College of Education and David Eccles School of Business all offer degree programs for graduate students and are well renowned schools of the University of Utah. The School of Medicine is considered to be the only medical school in state. The most popular programs at the university are Communication and Media Studies; Psychology, General; Economics; Biology/Biological Sciences; and Business Administration and Management.
The total student population at the University of Utah is more than 31,500 of which over 23,700 are enrolled in undergraduate programs. The student to faculty ratio at the university is 16:1 and the acceptance rate is 76%.
The University of Utah runs a variety of research centers and institutes, including the Brain Institute, the American West Center and the Center for High Performance Computing. It ranks among the top 50 U.S. universities by total research expenditures with over $518 million spent in 2015. The university has 22 Rhodes Scholars, four Nobel Prize winners, two Turing Award winners, eight MacArthur Fellows, various Pulitzer Prize winners, two astronauts, Gates Cambridge Scholars, and Churchill Scholars affiliated with it as students, researchers, or faculty members in its history.
Notable Alumni: E. Jake Garn (Former U.S. Senator, R-UT, and Astronaut), Andrew Hunt (Historian; vegan/animal rights advocate), Dan Farr (Co-founder of Salt Lake Comic Con and technology entrepreneur), Steven Sharp Nelson (Cellist, member of The Piano Guys)