Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah


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Recent Reviews

Alice
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Being involved has really taught me some great lessons in life. This was one of the most important criteria for me when choo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Being involved has really taught me some great lessons in life. This was one of the most important criteria for me when choosing a college to attend. One of the biggest differences between college and high school is that, for the most part, there are more students and faculty, most of which you will never cross paths with. Therefore, people end up feeling a little more isolated. I used to not mind being a loner at school, because I knew I had friends back home. Then I volunteered with a few organizations. That's when I decided I wanted to be pre-med, because I worked a lot with cancer patients. That's also where I met people who would become like family to me. Joining a club or team really changes that because people feel more connected with the school and with others, creating less discomfort. It's also a great way to meet people with the same interests. These people can really help you in picking out a career or studying. You never know what kind of doors people will open for you. And you will also learn a lot about yourself, I guarantee it.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who isn't quite ready to work hard in school should probably start off at a community college first. All the general education classes are easier than at the University level.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The Honors Program is rigorous but I have learned a lot so far. There is also a great service and volunteering center called the Bennion Center that does many service projects every year.

brandon
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I spend most my time on the lower campus and most of my time in the dorms. People are sometimes surprised that I go to Utah. ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I spend most my time on the lower campus and most of my time in the dorms. People are sometimes surprised that I go to Utah. The recent controversy was that the RIAA sued 12 members for downloading music using file sharing. That was quite interesting. School pride happens at athletic events

Describe the students at your school.

I have no experiences with racial or religious groups. In eating areas it can be kinda segregated.

What are the academics like at your school?

I thought academics was quite good. I spend time studying and doing papers. I do ask my teachers for help when I really need it.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Athletic events such as football is awesome. Students don't really leave their doors open because you cannot trust anyone. There is drinking and parties but nothing really big.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

some students are assumed to be mormon

Josh
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really like Utah. There's lots to do - mountains close by, downtown close by, etc. The professors that I've had are excelle...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really like Utah. There's lots to do - mountains close by, downtown close by, etc. The professors that I've had are excellent. The university is well funded and state of the art. The institute of religion here is excellent. I'd recommend coming here to anyone.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is very diverse racially and religiously. Because of this, there seems to be lots of cliques based on either race or religion. People tend to stick to their own. I like to branch out and meet different people, but sometimes it doesn't work at all here. Many students seem to be wary of each other here - perhaps it's because they're so far from home.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Utah does have a high percentage of Mormon people, but at the U of U, the student body is a much lower percentage. The U is more liberal and the student body is diverse. The U does have a lot of commuting students from all over the valley.

What are the academics like at your school?

The freshman classes can get pretty huge, but professors that I've had are all interested in helping you if you take the time to go and ask for help. Students at the U are for the most part academically driven, and it's a stimulating place to be.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Doors in the dorms usually stay closed. There are tons of activities on campus to keep you busy - I lived in the dorms and always had something to do. Also, there's lots to do closeby, whether in the mountains or downtown.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

By people from outside of Utah, Utah as a state is typically viewed as a Mormon state, and that the University is a primarily Mormon school that is conservative. From inside the state, the U of U is seen as the most liberal area in the state, especially in comparison to BYU. Also, the U is a commuter school.

Allie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The U has a great campus. I love being on campus, whether it's by the classes or by the dorms and being surrounded by student...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The U has a great campus. I love being on campus, whether it's by the classes or by the dorms and being surrounded by students. The one thing I don't like is that the dorms are kinda far from the classrooms. The bus services are really nice though.

Describe the students at your school.

Utah has mostly white students, but especially with foreign exchange students, there is some diversity. Even though it is predominately caucasians on campus, I don't feel like there is a lot or any discrimination.

What are the academics like at your school?

Most of my classes have been pretty big but I've never felt lost in any of them. Most of the students in my classes seem to work really hard and are focused on doing well.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Crimson Nights are great campus parties that are safe and fun. going to watch any sports is always a fun way to get more involved with people.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone is LDS and ultra-conservative.

KC
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not at all. I would almost say that most of the campus students are not LDS and there is definatly plenty of places to party...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not at all. I would almost say that most of the campus students are not LDS and there is definatly plenty of places to party ; )

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That everyone is LDS. That there is no night life for students.

Nate
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No. Not as many Mormons as I thought. The ones I know are great! If you love adventure and the outdoors Utah is for you! Snow...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No. Not as many Mormons as I thought. The ones I know are great! If you love adventure and the outdoors Utah is for you! Snowboarding/skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, rafting/kayaking, 4-wheeling, you name it its here.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

All weird Mormons. Nothing to do in Utah.

sean
Describe the students at your school.

A lot of caucasian, LDS, and married people. Some diversity

Describe the students at your school.

A lot of caucasian, LDS, and married people. Some diversity

What are the academics like at your school?

Engineering Department is very good and the teachers in it are competent

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Primarily mormons that do not drink or have any fun and get married at 19

Suzi
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Campus is GORGEOUS. It's like walking through a park. However, the parking stinks, so try to live on campus and walk to cla...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Campus is GORGEOUS. It's like walking through a park. However, the parking stinks, so try to live on campus and walk to class or take the campus shuttle. If you live off campus, take the bus, carpool, or take TRAX. We get free public transportation as students.

Describe the students at your school.

Extremely diverse. We have people from all over the world and from all over the country. Different religions, races, sexualities, etc. Very accepting of all.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Utah is great! It is loads of fun and the people are super nice. The dorms are SOOOOOO nice!!! They are all suite style. Dining hall food isn't that great, so try to live in the on campus apartments once you have enough credits.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No. There are plenty of people on campus who are not mormon. Not everyone outside of the LDS faith gets drunk or parties (including me).

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics are excellent. To make the dean's list, students need at least a 3.5 gpa, which is .5 higher than most colleges. We study all the time and the professors are really helpful. They are all willing to meet with you outside of class if necessary.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Join the MUSS! Pre-game tailgate parties and lots of fun. Great social activity. There are plenty of clubs on campus and off. The dorms are fun. Floor and building activities occur regularly, so don't be afraid to get involved!

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That we are all mormon, and the ones that aren't mormon get drunk and party all the time.

Andrew
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Utah isn't necessarily a traditional "college town", but a burgeoning arts, culture, restaurant and bar sce...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Utah isn't necessarily a traditional "college town", but a burgeoning arts, culture, restaurant and bar scene is just a two-minute bike ride down the hill from campus. If you don't want to do the bike thing, there's light rail -- known as "Trax" -- that connects the U with downtown and the rest of the valley. Trax is also nice for those living off-campus, which many students do. There is a business district adjacent to campus with more restaurants, record stores, bike shops and other retail, and there are plans for a mixed-use development just south of the U's football stadium, along the Trax stadium stop. Plans for this include residential, retail and food, anchored by a local brewpub, Squatter's. One of the real advantages of attending the U is the school's proximity to world-class skiing, snowboarding, mountain-biking, hiking and climbing. Salt Lake City was chosen as the host of 2002 Winter Olympics for a reason -- world-class resorts like Snowbird, Alta and Park City Mountain are less than hour from campus. Right behind campus is a network of hiking and biking trails that wind up into the Wasatch Mountains. Utah also has the highest number of golf courses per capita in the country, and with a nine-hole course right on campus, there's been many days in spring where I've been able to golf, ski and go to school all in the same day.

Describe the students at your school.

As expected, the student body at The University of Utah is pretty homogenous. But, if you look close enough there are organizations for about every kind of student. Each year there is an LGBT Week and there are no riots or protests or anything of the sort, which is a good sign (You go to the school down south, Brigham Young University, and any sign of LGBT awareness would get you kicked off campus by school security). There are groups for pretty much every ethnicity that is represented at the U, though a quick stroll through campus will reveal a lot of white faces, despite the fact that the U is becoming more and more diverse. With 26,000 students, there are going to be a lot of different interests and a ton of varied opinions on issues of the day. In general, I would say that the campus is left of center, but not as much as other college campuses because of the influence of the LDS religion. Though, I have many friends who grew up "LDS" but have distanced from "the church" as they've gotten older and in turn have become much more liberal than their parents. Bottom line: if you have a specific interest, more likely than not there is a group at the U that you can identify with. Like any other place, the richness of the experience hinges on the how much effort is made by the individual.

What are the academics like at your school?

The University of Utah is a large school that has a ton of different majors and departments to choose from. The business school, law school, and medical school are all nationally ranked. There's pretty much something for everyone. My major is mass communication with a print journalism emphasis, but I have also taken a few "technology/arts" courses and am pursuing a minor in creative writing. (By the way, the U's Creative Writing Program happens to be one of the best in the country.) While there were a few classes that were primarily lectures in an auditorium, the vast majority of my classes have had 20-35 students with a fair amount of attention from the instructor and an active dialogue in the classroom. A few of my classes were taught by adjunct professors who were still active in the newspaper industry. For example, my political reporting class was taught by the political editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, my sports reporting class was taught by the Associated Press sports reporter assigned to Salt Lake City. Not only were these professors able to convey their knowledge about their respective craft, but they have proven to be good contacts when networking for internship and job opportunities.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The U will never be mistaken for a hardcore "party" school, but it's not entirely lacking in the social department. Downtown Salt Lake City is just minutes from campus with plenty of bars and clubs, and Greek Row is just north of campus. Utah does have some strange liquor laws that have to be navigated through (for instance, no kegs allowed at private residences) but good times can be found. Football games at the U are some of the most raucous experiences on campus. Those strict Utah liquor laws are relaxed a bit for the throngs of tailgaters that attend each home game. And, the team ain't bad either -- Utah was the first non-BCS conference school to bust the BCS Bowl Series (in 2004) and finished the year undefeated. Currently, the Utes have won seven consecutive bowl games, the second-longest active streak in the nation. What the U may lack in the party scene it definitely makes up with its recreational opportunities. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, camping, climbing, boating, you name it, the U's got it. Another perk at the U is the amount of great speakers that visit campus each year. The U has one of the top Middle East Centers in the country and its Hinckley Institute of Politics is also a top draw. This past academic year alone, Bill Clinton, Cornell West, Sherin Ebadi, Ralph Nader and dozens of other luminaries have spoken at the U. Generally such events are free to students. If worse comes to worse and you're feeling devilish, Wendover, Nevada is only 80 minutes from SLC across the Bonneville Salt Flats -- home to the land speed world-record. Though it's no Las Vegas, good times can be had in the casinos of Wendover, and if need be, you can pick up a keg to smuggle back into the state. (Just remember to keep the kegs underwraps.)

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

[Answers this question and one below] Pretty much any time the state of Utah is brought up in conversation, the dominant religion of the region is discussed. How can it not be? The story of the Mormons makes for great entertainment. And while the LDS faith is a major part of the state's culture, it's not the dominant story at The University of Utah, or Salt Lake City for that matter. The city itself -- which also serves as the state's capitol -- is a very liberal place. (Much to the chagrin of many Utahns, the city's previous mayor, Rocky Anderson, made many national trips calling for the impeachment of Bush/Cheney.) So while the LDS faith is a part of the area's culture, there are many other elements that define this place, the most obvious being the landscape -- Wasatch Mountain Front to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west -- that cradles Salt Lake Valley. The University of Utah sits on the foothills of the Wasatch overlooking Salt Lake City, and the landscape attracts those from across the country who love to ski, snowboard, mountain bike, hike climb and camp. And for the Mormons? Though some of their religious doctrine is a little strange -- but, aren't all religions a little quirky -- Mormons for the most part are a kind and genuine type. In my six years living here, they have always been very nice and unobtrusive in pushing their faith -- maybe they think I'm a lost cause.

Jamie
Describe the students at your school.

somewhat diverse campus,

Describe the students at your school.

somewhat diverse campus,

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

NO!!, you can find the goody-good mormons and associate with them if you wish, but you can also find people who are chill and your type.

What are the academics like at your school?

we are ranked pretty high, so the degrees are credible.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

every one is mormon or a goody-good

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