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The state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education, the University of Utah is the Flagship University of the State. A community of students, staff and scholars, the University of Utah—affectionately called "the U"—is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through innovative research; the education of future citizens, professionals, and leaders; and scholarly and creative pursuits that preserve and enlarge our understanding of the human condition. This is accomplished in an open environment that invites active participation from and interaction across all voices in a tradition of civilized discourse.

The University of Utah is a complex institution that serves the people of Utah and beyond while conducting fundamental research and scholarship of international import. As a premier research university, the U is committed to building world-class research programs, attracting, and retaining the best faculty from across the nation and throughout the world. The University is strongly committed to delivering outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education that prepares students for leadership roles in Utah, the country, and the world. The University’s partnership with the state is reflected in a deep commitment to providing education for Utah’s residents and services in the University’s local and regional communities.

The University was recently offered membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU). As one of the 65 distinguished research universities that comprise the AAU, the U is committed to building world-class research programs, attracting, and retaining the best faculty from across the nation and throughout the world. The University is strongly committed to delivering outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional education that prepares students for leadership roles in Utah, the country and the world. The University’s partnership with the state is reflected in a deep commitment to providing education for Utah’s residents and services in the University’s local and regional communities.

""The For Utah Scholarship

Beginning with the class entering in the fall semester 2020, the U has created a new scholarship program that allows freshmen who are eligible for Pell Grants to enroll at no cost. This new scholarship initiative has the potential to change college access and enrollment trends across Utah.

""Invest in U Income Share Agreement

In 2019, The University of Utah launched the Invest in U income share agreement (ISA) pilot program to provide a flexible, equity-based financing option to help students complete their degrees. As the first university in the West to launch an income share agreement program, the U is leading in innovative financial models to drive completion.

""Innovation Nation

The University of Utah is one of the best in the nation at creating startup companies based on student and faculty research. This is indicative of the innovative and industrious thinking found across campus and in classrooms.
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""Campus is a Destination

Whether lectures, concerts, museums, gardens, or Broadway-quality theatre, the campus is chock full of exciting things to do nearly every day of the year. Attractions include the Natural History Museum of Utah, Kingsbury Hall, Pioneer Theatre, Red Butte Garden and the Utah Museum of Fine  Arts.
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""PAC-12 Athletics

After proving itself as the original "BCS buster," Utah Football and the rest of Utah Athletics accepted an invitation to join the Pac-12. Utah's sporting prowess is not the only reason the U was asked to join one of the nation's premier conferences – the University's academic achievements and strong scientific research played a major part. With a new set of schools to compete with, all boasting rich traditions in athletics and academics, it is an exciting time to be a part of the University of Utah!