The J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah

University of Utah (also referred to as the U, the U of U, or Utah) is a public coeducational space-grant research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. As the state's flagship university, the university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and more than 92 graduate degree programs.[9] The university is classified in the highest ranking: "R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The Carnegie Classification also considers the university as "selective", which is its second most selective admissions category.[10] Graduate studies include the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the School of Medicine, Utah's only medical school.[11] As of Fall 2015, there are 23,909 undergraduate students and 7,764 graduate students, for an enrollment total of 31,673.

The university was established in 1850 as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret,[1] making it Utah's oldest institution of higher education.[9] It received its current name in 1892, four years before Utah attained statehood, and moved to its current location in 1900.


The university ranks among the top 50 U.S. universities by total research expenditures with over $486 million spent in 2014.[13] 22 Rhodes Scholars,[14] three Nobel Prize winners, two Turing Award winners,[18][19] eight MacArthur Fellows,[20][21] various Pulitzer Prize winners, two astronauts,[25][26] Gates Cambridge Scholars,[27] and Churchill Scholars have been affiliated with the university as students, researchers, or faculty members in its history.[28][29] In addition, the university's Honors College has been reviewed among 50 leading national Honors Colleges in the U.S.[30] The university has also been ranked the 12th most ideologically diverse university in the country.[31]

The university's athletic teams, the Utes, participate in NCAA Division I athletics (FBS for football) as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Its football team has received national attention for winning the 2005 Fiesta Bowl[32] and the 2009 Sugar Bowl.[33]

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