With ready access to spectacular skiing, mountain biking and hiking and a vibrant array of cultural, culinary and entertainment venues in Salt Lake City, there is a lot going on just beyond campus. Yet what's happening within the university’s 1,535-acre hillside campus is even more compelling. At the U, as it is affectionately called, you'll find world-class research, education and clinical care complemented by a lively social, cultural and athletic campus experience.
The U's success in achieving excellence in research and teaching reflects the values of Utah: An unparalleled work ethic and a spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, collaboration and community service. These qualities have enabled the U to innovate across many fields and pioneer new programs with social impact; generate pathbreaking discoveries; fuel critical research; and inspire innovative approaches to education.
The U strives to be a model public university in delivering unmatched value in higher education and health care while making social, economic and cultural contributions that improve the quality of life throughout the state, the nation and the world. The U's reputation for excellence draws top-tier faculty and attracts motivated students from across the country and internationally.
With revenues in excess of $5 billion (FY20), the university is considered one of Utah’s primary economic engines and is among the state’s largest employers. The university received $641 million in FY21 in sponsored research project grants, an institutional record, and funding that has a direct impact on the state’s economy. The university is a catalyst for a research corridor through northern Utah that is a hotbed for technology and development activities, colloquially known as Silicon Slopes.
As part of the university, University of Utah Health is the only academic medical center in the state of Utah and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, western Colorado and much of Nevada. It also serves as the training ground for the majority of the state’s physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care professionals. U of U Health is comprised of six hospitals and 12 community health care centers. It is also home to ARUP Laboratories, one of the nation’s largest reference laboratories, and numerous institutes and centers.
Excellence in patient care, education and research—all in service to the community—is vital to U of U Health’s overall mission. Staffed by more than 20,000 employees, it is recognized nationally as a transformative health care system and regionally as a provider of world-class care. It has been nationally ranked in the top 10 for quality for 10 years in a row, and as the No. 1 hospital in the state for the past six years.