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Low-tuition, high graduation rate at Utah colleges and trade schools

Utah attracts students from around the world to its more than 30 public and private schools, colleges and universities. When not in the classroom or logged in at online schools, Utah students enjoy an incomparable access to world-class outdoor recreation, including skiing, rafting, mountain biking, camping, and climbing. Metropolitan centers in Salt Lake City, Provo, Logan and Ogden offer exceptional dining, fine arts, sporting events and nightlife.

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Studies at Utah colleges, universities, trade and technical schools

The U.S. Census reports that the number Utah adults who have earned a bachelor's degree exceeds the national average. Utah is home to six, four-year research universities or colleges; five private four-year colleges; four, two-year colleges; eight technical schools; and 18 for-profit colleges and Utah career schools.

College Degree Report cites Utah among the states offering the lowest college tuitions in the country. Public and private colleges and universities offer financial aid packages to help students pay their way. Private technical schools and for-profit trade schools also offer grants-in-aid for qualifying undergrads.

Utah schools consistently rank high in the nation and in the world for academic excellence. In Webometrics' current ranking of 12,000 world universities, The University of Utah is listed as No. 68 and Brigham Young University is ranked No. 90.

Popular Utah college degree programs

Utah students can choose among two and four-year campus programs in popular fields including:

  • Business
  • Computer science
  • Medical
  • Law
  • Education
  • Media and design

The most-popular degrees vary by Utah institution. The College Board lists these as the most-sought bachelor's degree programs at the University of Utah:

  • Social sciences
  • Business/marketing
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Health professions

Utah colleges and employers

Utah students prosper from apprenticeships, internships and work opportunities with corporate leaders in technology, communications and finance. Many graduates of Utah colleges, universities and trade schools remain in the state to begin or advance their careers. With a statewide economy that embraces education, health, finance, transportation and technology, Utah offers exceptional opportunities for a wide range of graduates.

The top-five Utah employers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor:

  • Discover Financial Services
  • C R England Inc.
  • Brigham Young University
  • Dixie Regional Medical Center
  • ICON Health & Fitness Inc.

Utah employers also pay competitive wages. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median 2010 Utah income of $40,120, compared to the national average of $44,410. In perspective, it costs less than the national average to live in in Utah, with the exception of Salt Lake City, where the cost of living matches the national average.

Utah colleges and you

Utah students are serious, committed and focused, but they also insist on enjoying life. The state's generous offering of public and private colleges and universities, Utah's trade and technical schools, and its bevy of available online schools make the Beehive State a popular destination for American and foreign students.

Author: Woodrow Aames has written articles and profiles for Yahoo, Microsoft Network, Microsoft Encarta, and other websites and print magazines around the world. He holds an MFA degree and has taught English abroad.

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