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 and 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. In November, the University of Utah became one of the newest members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, which for more than 100 years has recognized the most outstanding academic institutions in the nation. Utah is now one of 65 AAU institutions, with only 34 of those members coming from Power 5 conferences.
The U offers nationally-ranked programs in law, pharmacy, mathematics, business, biomedical engineering, family medicine, social sciences and humanities, fine arts, education, architecture, entertainment arts and engineering. The U checked in as one of the top 50 schools in the U.S. by the Center for World University Rankings in 2019 and was ranked No. 11 in the nation for value according to the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.
In financial year 2019, the U celebrated a historic high of $547 million in sponsored project funding, covering a wide range of research activities. These prestigious awards from organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation are supporting work in geothermal energy, cross-cutting, interdisciplinary approaches to research that challenge existing paradigms and effects of cannabinoids on pain management. They also are funding educational research programs with significant community engagement, such as the U's STEM Ambassador Program and the Genetic Science Learning Center's participation in the All of Us Research Program.
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 has been ranked regularly among the top three in the U.S. over the last decade according to Animation Career Review. The University's computer science program, which earned a top 50 ranking in 2019, was founded in 1965 and began a pioneering legacy in computer graphics and visualization that continues today.
The College of Engineering was ranked in No. 55 by U.S. News & World Report for 2020. The Scientific Computing & Imaging Institute is internationally recognized.