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Utah State University

Utah State University Rating: 4.5/5 (69 votes)

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History

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is located in Logan, Utah which is eighty-one miles northeast of Salt Lake City. President Lincoln signed the Morrill-Land Grant Colleges Act that provided for the establishment of a university in each state and territory and Utah built the Utah Agricultural College. The college received university status in 1957 and was given its current name. The University now awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees with many programs being offered online as well as in traditional classroom settings. USU prides itself on remaining true to its initial principle of dedicating itself to its land and its people. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is classified as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive school by the Carnegie Corporation.

Academics

The University is composed of a number of colleges including the College of Agriculture, the College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Engineering, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the College of Natural Resources, and the College of Science.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in hundreds of different disciplines throughout seven colleges including the Caine College of the Arts, the College of Agriculture, the College of Science and the John M. Huntsman School of Business. The university offers standard degrees in such areas of study as economics, accounting, elementary education, history, biology and numerous liberal arts and sciences.

Utah State also stays true to its roots as an agricultural institution as evidenced by such unique areas of study as biological and irrigation engineering, agricultural education, landscape architecture, environmental planning, fisheries and wildlife, and range land resources.

There are nearly one hundred fifty graduate degrees awarded in such areas as animal science, ecology, business administration (MBA), human resources, instructional technology, engineering, toxicology, American studies, English, bioregional planning, wildlife biology, industrial mathematics and biochemistry to name a few. Many of these degrees are available online as well and the college keeps building their distance education program so that it can serve the needs of the people who need them the most.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Utah State is ingrained in academic research. The University receives millions of dollars annually to conduct various research in order to find solutions to real-world issues. The annual Student Showcase presents 50 student research projects each year and students work alongside each other and some of the best faculty in the world to complete these projects. Most recently, eleven USU students—more than any other institution—were invited to present their research during the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill in Washington D.C.

Admissions

Applications to the undergraduate programs are accepted for fall, spring and summer semesters. Students wishing to enter USU in the fall following graduation should apply as early in their senior year as possible in order to allow time for the application and financial aid to be processed but may apply as late as April 1. In addition to the application form and fee, students must provide official, sealed high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Applications can be submitted on-line.

The university uses an index score based on test scores and GPA to determine admissions eligibility. Though there are generally minimum GPA and standardized test score requirements, students are considered on an individual basis. Students should have completed four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of science, one year of American history, two years of the same foreign language, and two additional years of electives. It is strongly recommended that students take mathematics at least up to trigonometry.

Applicants to the graduate school will be required to submit the application and fee along with appropriate standardized test scores such as the GRE or GMAT along with transcripts from all undergraduate institutions. The school also requires three letters of recommendation but all that the applicant needs to do is include the names and email addresses on the appropriate lines on the application and the school will contact them directly for the recommendations. Prospective students should also check with the program of choice to make sure that there are no additional requirements.

International students and students wishing to transfer from another institution have additional admissions requirements and should refer to the university in order to determine what is necessary in order to be accepted for enrollment.

Financial Aid

In-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students will be $3672 in 2005-2006. Students applying from out of state and graduate students will have different costs.

Financial aid is available with a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs.

Utah State participates in standard federal aid programs, including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplement Grants, LEAP grants, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Work-Study Loans. Federal Stafford Loans and PLUS Loans are also available. USU can provide emergency loans to those students who qualify and need to compensate for tuition expenses immediately. Scholarships require satisfactory academic progress be made.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4669th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

In addition to the numerous classroom, dormitory, and administration buildings, Utah State University has an amphitheater, an art museum, a laboratory school, several greenhouses and an observatory as well as numerous building dedicated to particular forms of research.

The Utah State University Library offers electronic catalogs and on-line databases to supplement the plentiful physical volumes stored on site. Special collections include a folklore collection, a manuscript collection, a photograph collection, and the University archives.

Utah State is home to more than 250 student clubs and organizations. USU also provides campus recreation services, counseling, food services, special services for “reentry” students, and even daycare and educational services for children of students. Students can participate in intramural sports, club sports, relaxation activities or simply enjoy some of the local scenery.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Utah State University is an NCAA Division I school and offers men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country, tennis and track & field. Men have the additional options of golf and football while women may also choose to participate in gymnastics, soccer, volleyball and softball. The team nickname is the Aggies and most teams compete in the Western Athletic Conference The football team plays in the Sun Belt Conference, the gymnastics team is in the Western Gymnastics Conference, and indoor track and field teams play in the Mountain Pacific States Federation. Utah Sate University teams have won numerous conference and league championships and frequently ranks at the top in the Big West Academic Conference for student athlete academic performance.

Sports facilities include a basketball arena, a baseball field, a track stadium, and a field house. There is also an indoor training facility with a full-sized football field for practices. In addition to intercollegiate sports, USU also offers several different intramural sports including badminton, swimming and table tennis as well as numerous club sports.

Local Community

Logan, located in the Cache Valley about twenty miles south of Idaho, is a comfortable and scenic town that provides a good deal to entertain visitors and residents alike. Attractions include the Aquatic Center, Recreation Center, Municipool, and Skate Park. Logan is also home to such annual events as a martial arts tournament, golf tournament, and summer art festival. Willow Park Zoo is home to a wide variety of native and exotic species of birds and other animals and there are numerous opportunities for additional outdoor activities such as hiking and sightseeing.

The campus is only a minute from Logan Canyon which offers a ski resort, hundreds of hiking and bike trails, climbing routes and numerous other outdoor activities. There is also a public transportation system that services the school so that students don’t need to have a vehicle in order to take advantage of the local amenities.

Bibliography

  • Utah State University. Utah State University. 2011. Web. 21 June 2011.
  • Utah State Aggies: Home of Utah State University Athletics. CBS Sports.com College Network. 2011. Web. 21 June 2011.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Utah and 243rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.00
Arrest 18 0.07

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 22 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.00
Robbery 2 0.00
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 49 0.10
Larceny 314 0.64
Vehicle theft 13 0.03

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4901

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1362nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,910 $4,910 $15,809
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $886 $886 $886
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $181 $181 $583
FT Graduate Tuition $4,511 $4,511 $15,788
FT Graduate Required Fees $807 $807 $807
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $214 $214 $748
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,720 $17,720 $29,240
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,720 $17,720 $29,240
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,180 $9,180 $20,700

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $21,830 $52,884
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $910 $910

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,560 $5,940 $5,560 $5,940 $15,860 $16,200
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,190 $1,220
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,350 $6,520
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,660 $3,750
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,350 $6,520
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,660 $3,750
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,830 $1,875

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,052 (4,106 male / 4,946 female)
Admitted 8,757 (3,945 male / 4,812 female)
Admission rate 97%
First-time Enrollment 3,824 (1,657 male / 2,167 female)
FT Enrollment 3,384 (1,473 male / 1,911 female)
PT Enrollment 440 (184 male / 256 female)
Total Enrollment27,812

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mountain West Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mountain West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mountain West Conference

ACT Test Admission

322nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 88%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27

SAT Test Admission

322nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 8%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 610
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 970 / 1240

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,779
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$1,900
Board Fee$3,700

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 259 49 253 73 77 4,280 328 5,374
Accounting 8 1 6 2 2 125 3 147
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 5 1 6
Agricultural Business and Management, General 1 1 13 15
Agricultural Communication/Journalism 3 1 4
Agricultural Economics 1 1
Agricultural Engineering 2 3 7 1 14
Agricultural Mechanization, General 4 4
Agricultural Production Operations, General 22 22
Agricultural Teacher Education 7 7
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
Agronomy and Crop Science 1 1
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 9 1 10
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 8 9
Animal Sciences, General 1 2 1 1 45 3 55
Anthropology 2 16 18
Apparel and Textiles, General
Applied Economics 3 1 4
Area Studies, Other 1 1 1 19 2 25
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 2
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2 1 63 5 73
Asian Studies/Civilization 3 3
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 6 7
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 1 9 11
Biochemistry 1 15 1 17
Biology Teacher Education 4 4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 50 1 53
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other
Business Administration and Management, General 19 4 3 2 257 20 307
Business/Commerce, General 2 2
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 2 2
Chemical Engineering 1 1
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 1 1 8 10
Child Care and Support Services Management
Civil Engineering, General 12 1 75 2 90
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 10 96 14 1 289 20 440
Computer Engineering, General 4 1 8 1 14
Computer and Information Sciences, General 17 1 1 50 2 71
Conservation Biology 3 1 4
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation 1 1
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 2 2
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 1 3 6 12
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 1
Dietetics/Dietitian 6 6
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 2 10 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 19 21
Ecology 1 7 8
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 1 1
Economics, General 56 1 2 2 78 128 267
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 2 52 3 59
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 13 3 36 1 53
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrician
Elementary Education and Teaching 5 2 185 7 199
Engineering, General 2 2
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 1 1 106 8 121
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1 12 2 16
Environmental Design/Architecture 12 1 13
Environmental Studies 1 1 11 2 16
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 3 4
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 14 14
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 3 3
Finance, General 19 1 2 57 1 80
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 7 7
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 8 2 1 43 54
Forestry, General 3 3
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 7 7
General Studies 13 6 33 15 47 633 20 775
Geography 9 9
Geography Teacher Education 1 1
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 1
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 7 8
German Language Teacher Education
German Language and Literature 7 7
Gerontology
Graphic Design
Health Teacher Education 1 15 1 18
Health and Wellness, General
History, General 1 1 1 1 71 1 77
Horticultural Science 15 1 16
Human Development and Family Studies, General 2 3 1 151 3 161
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 9 6 1 89 1 108
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 5 5
Information Science/Studies 13 3 1 56 2 77
Interior Design 1 17 1 19
International Agriculture 3 3
International Business/Trade/Commerce 7 1 1 24 33
International and Intercultural Communication 3 3
Journalism 1 1 3 69 3 78
Land Use Planning and Management/Development 1 1 2
Landscape Architecture 2 1 1 23 3 30
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 4 1 27 32
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 1 1 4 23 1 31
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 2 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 1 1 48 1 58
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 5 5
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 29 4 34
Mathematics, General 3 16 19
Mechanical Engineering 5 5 95 7 112
Mechanics and Repairers, General 1 2 3
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 1
Medical/Clinical Assistant 7 2 9
Mining Technology/Technician
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 8 9 3 2 129 11 168
Music Therapy/Therapist 14 14
Music, General 1 2 38 2 44
Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1 1 22 1 26
Network and System Administration/Administrator
Operations Management and Supervision 2 1 13 16
Operations Research
Ornamental Horticulture 29 2 31
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 8 9
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other 2 2
Philosophy 2 7 9
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 4 8 144 9 167
Physics Teacher Education 1 1
Physics, General 16 16
Plant Sciences, General 2 13 15
Plant Sciences, Other 2 1 3
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 1 1 45 2 54
Pre-Law Studies 1 7 1 10
Pre-Nursing Studies
Psychology Teacher Education 1 1
Psychology, General 1 1 9 3 1 132 9 156
Public Health, Other 1 17 2 20
Range Science and Management 7 7
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 2 1 30 1 35
Religion/Religious Studies 7 1 8
Rhetoric and Composition 1 26 1 29
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 23 2 27
Social Studies Teacher Education 17 1 18
Social Work 1 3 1 48 3 56
Sociology 2 2 4 34 1 45
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 1 1
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 5 1 24 1 31
Special Education and Teaching, General 4 59 1 65
Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other 3 3
Statistics, General 2 9 1 12
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 13 13
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 3 6 1 10
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 1 7 1 9
Toxicology
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 1 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 19 2 21
Welding Technology/Welder 1 14 15
Wildlife Biology 23 2 26
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 5 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 812th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $78,440 ($84,405 male / $62,403 female)
Number of FT Faculty 880 (570 male / 310 female)
Number of PT Faculty 913
FT Faculty Ratio 1.0 : 1
Total Benefits $34,677,710

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