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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

About This Campus

Spread across over 1,500 acres, the U's campus fosters a diverse set of interests and activity. Museums (serving the fine arts and natural history), gardens, concert venues, theaters, medical centers, research facilities, business incubators, modern libraries, Pac-12 athletics and a vibrant residential district all call campus home. In addition, 15 colleges and nearly 100 majors ensure that a wide variety of academic pursuits flourish in the school's classrooms and labs. Take a closer look at some of these campus experiences at the University of Utah.

Location Information

Not only do the Wasatch Mountains dominate the Salt Lake Valley's skyline, they are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Head a few hours south of campus for awe-inspiring arches, fields of stone spires (the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else on earth) and red rock walls that rise abruptly thousands of feet from the earth.

Chance of Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing back-up options.

Fast Facts

Location | Salt Lake City
Population | 1,107,314
Enrollment | 31,860
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 8/21-12/15
Spring | 1/8-5/2

Campus Diversity

White | 69%
Black | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 12%
Asian | 6%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 5%
Other | 5%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Health and medicine are closed programs, unavailable for exchange students.

Enrollment in business and engineering courses is very limited. Audition or portfolio is required for admissions to art, dance, and music classes.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Gaming Management - Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) at the University of Utah earns the title of the top video game school in the nation with the number one ranking for its graduate program and number two for its undergraduate program by The Princeton Review.
  • Biology/Life Science - The university is home to the Genetic Science Learning Center, a resource which educates the public about genetics through its website. With more than 40 faculty members and approximately 800 majors, the Department of Biology ranks among the largest undergraduate departments at the University of Utah.
  • Engineering - The latest report by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) ranks the University of Utah’s College of Engineering 46th of 352 schools in the size of our undergraduate enrollment. ASEE also ranks Utah Engineering 37th of 205 schools in total annual research expenditures and 26th of 371 schools for the number of tenure-track faculty. Additionally, the faculty has grown engineering research to $80.4 million per year, placing our College in the top 50 engineering universities in the country for research productivity. The College’s success in research has contributed to its being ranked among the top 150 Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences programs by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • Architecture - The University of Utah has the only accredited architecture program in Utah. Structurally, the College of Architecture + Planning is made up of the School of Architecture, the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, and the fledgling Multi-disciplinary Design program. It is also home to three research centers: the Ecological Planning Center, the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center, and the Metropolitan Research Center.
  • Political Science - The university is host to the Neal A. Maxwell Lecture Series in Political Theory and Contemporary Politics, a forum for political theorists to share their newest theoretical work, and is home to the Hinckley Institute of Politics, which places more than 350 students every year in local, state, national, and global internships.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aerospace Studies

Anthropology: Anthropology, Ethnic Studies

Architecture: Architecture

Area Studies: Asian/Oriental Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Gerontology, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Fine Art, Media Arts, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Sports Medicine

Biological Sciences: Bioinformatics, Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, Management, Marketing

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Film

Computer Science: Computer Game Design

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Studies

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Geology

Economics: Economics

Education: Educational Administration and Supervision, Educational Studies, English, Health Education, Mathematics, Music, Secondary Education, Special Education

Engineering: Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mineral/Mining Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Software Engineering

English: Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Language and Literacy, Linguistics, Literature, Rhetoric, Writing

Food Science: Nutrition

Foreign Language: American Sign Language, Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Italian, Japanese (some courses), Korean, Language and Culture, Navajo, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

General Studies: Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Humanities, Leadership Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: City Planning, Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Communication Disorders, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Education, Health Promotion, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Studies

Mathematics: Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Military Sciences, Naval Sciences

Performing Arts: Ballet, Dance, Modern Dance, Music

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Asian Religions and Culture, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Astrophysics, Geophysics, Materials Sciences, Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Peace Studies, Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Recreation, Recreation Therapy

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Social Work, Sociology

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders



Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.60 GPA
  • Prerequisite checking is done by individual departments prior to registration.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550 paper, 213 computer or 80 Internet
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 05/31/16.
  • Estimated cost: $4258.84.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18 ($208.00 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 15 ($208.00 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/31/16.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $125.00 Year Plan A & B Optional
Activity Fee $75.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $125.00 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $720 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003675

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/31/16

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 15% living on campus
  • Double: $2628.12
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 8
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 8
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $621.00
  • Proximity to campus: 0
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2247.00 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $2119.00 per semester for 18 meals per week.
  • $2173.00 per semester for 15 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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