The University of Utah is a hub for higher education from the Rockies to the Sierras and boasts an academic reputation that is matched only by its spectacular vistas. To the east rise the 11,500 foot, snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch Mountains. To the west, the Great Salt Lake shimmers beneath the Oquirrh Mountains. The 1,500-acre campus, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is a beautiful collage of native and exotic trees, fountains, flowering malls and pedestrian walkways.
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Founded in 1850, the University offers 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate majors. Academic opportunities at the U. include colleges of law, medicine, architecture, pharmacy, business and engineering. The U. also boasts the nation's first American Indian social work program. Utah draws its 29,000-plus student population from all 50 states and 114 foreign countries.
Utah ranks among the top 35 public research universities in the nation, with particular distinction in medicine, genetics and engineering. Scientists from the University of Utah have identified more genes with diseases than anywhere else in the world. University of Utah geneticist Mario R. Capecchi received the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for his work on gene targeting. Capecchi is one of many acclaimed faculty members. In terms of significant awards to faculty, the U of U ranks 30th among the nation's public research universities.
Research Park, located on 320 acres adjacent to the campus, houses 42 companies and 69 university departments. Some of the more prominent residents of Research Park are the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, the Moran Eye Center and the Brain Institute. The Huntsman Cancer Institute has the largest genetic database in the world and is the only National Cancer Institute in the Intermountain West. Gene targeting was developed at the Eccles Institute. The Moran Eye Center is considered one of the top eye centers in the world.
The University of Utah was ranked second in the nation in the most recent rankings of university startup companies based on scholarly research--behind only MIT. The U. spun off 23 companies for fiscal year 2008 and has created 59 companies in the last three years.
Several of the U.'s colleges have also received favorable national rankings, among them the College of Pharmacy, which has been ranked in the top four in the nation since 1975. Financial Times has ranked the David S. Eccles School of Business MBA program among the best in the world for the last four years. In 2008, the financial publication ranked the executive MBA program as the 22nd best in the nation--and 80th in the world.
The U. is also noted for technology transfer and its Center for High Performance Computing serves as a link to major aerospace industries, high-tech manufacturers and research companies. It manages one of the three most successful technology parks in the U.S., with more than 40 high-tech companies created by University faculty. The U. has had a presence on the Internet since 1970, when it became the fourth node on the Internet. In 2008, PC Magazine and the Princeton Review ranked the U. third in their ratings for the top wired schools.
The U. provides a lively residential living experience in beautiful Heritage Commons, a multi-purpose residence complex located in historic Fort Douglas on the eastern edge of campus. Opened in 2000, Heritage Commons served as the Athletes Village for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. More than 2,500 students live on campus in residence halls and apartments. The Princeton Review ranked the University of Utah No. 7 for "Best Campus Environment" in 2006.
Outside the classroom, Utah students enjoy unparalleled outdoor diversions, from skiing and snowboarding at any of eight world-class resorts in nearby canyons, to backpacking, mountain biking, fly fishing and river running.
The U.'s location in the largest city in the Intermountain West (metro population 1,333,914) allows for an urban experience in a beautiful setting. Salt Lake City is home to professional symphony, ballet, modern dance, opera and theater companies, as well as four professional sports teams.