Utah Colleges & Universities

Find out how the universities, colleges, and schools in Utah could help you make the most of the opportunities offered by the Utah economy.

Utah Schools: Where Can They Take You? Utah is a beautiful location, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys arts and culture, and a warm welcome.

If you want to earn your degree in Utah, there is an excellent choice of schools, colleges and universities to choose from. Or you could learn online through one of the many programs offered by colleges in Utah.

The five largest public and not-for-profit universities and colleges in Utah, by student population, are:

  • • Brigham Young University
  • • University of Utah
  • • Utah Valley State College
  • • Weber State University
  • • Utah State University

The total undergraduate population of these five educational establishments is approximately 125,000. Their tuition fees for 2010-2011 ranged from a little under $2,000 to $2,500 per semester for residents and approximately $4,500 to $7,000 for non-residents.

Other national universities with colleges in Utah include The Art Institute, DeVry University, Strayer University, University of Phoenix, and Walden University. In addition, there are many community and technical colleges and schools in Utah specializing in areas such as nursing, culinary arts, and driving. You should contact the Utah college you are interested in attending to find out exactly what their tuition and other fees are.

Utah's Economy and Opportunities for Graduates: Unemployment in Utah was at 7.2 percent in July 2010, compared to the national rate of 9.5 percent, so Utah is a good place in which to graduate and look for employment. Overall employment decreased slightly in the year to July, 2010, but some industries experienced good growth.

The industries experiencing the largest growth in employment were:

  • • Education & Health Services: 5.7% (+8,300 jobs)
  • • Leisure & Hospitality: 4.4% (+4,900 jobs)
  • • Professional & Business Services: 3.8% (+5,700 jobs)
  • • Other Services: 3.3% (+1,200)
  • • Natural Resources & Mining: 2.7% (+300 jobs)
  • • Information: 2.5% (+800 jobs)

Industries experiencing a decline in employment in the same period were:

  • • Manufacturing: -3.6%
  • • Construction: -2.7%
  • • Government: -0.1%

The industries employing the largest number of people in July 2010 were:

  • • Trade, Transport & Utilities: 19.7% of the Utah population
  • • Government: 16.7%
  • • Professional & Business Services: 13.1%
  • • Education & Health Services: 13%
  • • Leisure & Hospitality: 9.9%
  • • Manufacturing: 9.1%
  • • Construction: 6%
  • • Financial Activities: 6%

These figures show that Utah has a broad economy with job opportunities in a wide range of industries. The industries employing the most people and those experiencing the strongest growth in employment are mainly those in which higher levels of education and training are required. To make the most of these opportunities, check out the schools and colleges in Utah near you, or take a look at the online programs that can give you the credentials you need to get your career started.

The writer Karin Hansen holds a degree in English from San Francisco State University.

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