Founded in 1850, the University of Utah prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. The U. encompasses 1,500 acres in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain range. Utah became a member of the Pac-12 Conference on July 1, 2011.
With an enrollment of over 32,000, the U. offers 100 undergraduate and more than 90 graduate level fields of study. It has earned a top-tier grading from the Academic Ranking of World Universities for 13 consecutive years, and offers nationally-ranked programs in law, pharmacy, mathematics, business, biomedical engineering, family medicine, life sciences, fines arts, education, architecture, entertainment arts and engineering. The U. was rated No. 41 in the U.S. by the Center for World University Rankings and No. 21 among “best value education programs” by Value Colleges in 2016.
The University of Utah was rated No. 1 for commercializing technology innovations according to the Milken Institute's 2017 ratings, generating $211.8 million in licensing income and recording 69 startups from 2012-15, and attracting $417.2 million in research spending in 2015.
Geneticist Mario R. Capecchi received the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on gene targeting. Çağan Şekercioğlu, assistant professor of biology, won the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey's highest prize for 2014. Peter J. Stang, distinguished professor of chemistry, received the 2013 Priestley Medal and 2011 National Medal of Science for his pioneering work in supramolecular chemistry.
The U.'s entertainment arts and engineering program was rated second in the nation according to Animation Career Review in early 2017 and has earned a top three rating seven years running. The University's School of Computing, which earned a top 60 world ranking in 2016, was founded in 1965 and began a pioneering legacy in computer graphics and visualization that continues today. The internationally-recognized Scientific Computing & Imaging Institute is a leader in creating new scientific computing techniques, tools and systems to help solve wide-ranging challenges of human life. The College of Engineering's undergraduate program was ranked 56th and the graduate school 51st according to U.S. News & World Report in 2016.