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Utah State University at a Glance



March 8, 1888


Land-grant, public research university

President (15th):

Stan L. Albrecht (Feb. 1, 2005-present)


Logan, Utah
- Population:
   Logan - 48,174
   Cache County - 112,656
- Elevation: 4,778 feet (Logan Campus)
- Average summer highs: 85 degrees
- Average winter highs: 34 degrees
- Free public transportation for Logan campus, Logan City, Cache Valley
- 81 miles northeast of Salt Lake City
- 5 hours south of Yellowstone National Park
- 1 hour drive to four ski resorts
- 2 minute drive to Logan Canyon
- Number of steps to the top of Old Main Hill: 124

Mission Statement:

The mission of Utah State University is to be one of the nation's premier student-centered land-grant and space-grant universities by fostering the principle that academics come first, by cultivating diversity of thought and culture and by serving the public through learning, discovery and engagement.

Campus Size:

- Main campus: 400 acres
- Statewide university-owned acreage: 7,000 acres (does not include USU Eastern)

Regional Campuses, Distance Education and Extension:

- Regional Campuses: 3 (Brigham City, Tooele, Uintah Basin)
- Comprehensive Regional College: 1 (USU Eastern with campuses in Price and Blanding)
- Extension Offices: In 28 of 29 Utah counties and at the Ogden Botanical Center, Thanksgiving Point, and Utah Botanical Center.

Workforce (Logan Campus):

- Faculty members: 805
- Full- and part-time support staff: 1,594

Student Employment:

- More than 1,100 on-campus job opportunities for students, including workstudy
- More than 1,100 off-campus job opportunities for students


Total Headcount Enrollment (Fall 2013):

Total:27,812* (*Includes USU Regional Campuses and Distance Education: 11,471 and USU Eastern: 2,130; Enrollment numbers updated annually in October)


- Male: 12,724
- Female: 15,088

Student Representation:

- All 29 counties in Utah
- All 50 states
- 88 countries


- Average undergraduate student age: 22.3 - Average graduate student age: 33.8


- Undergraduate Degrees: 168
- Undergraduate Minors: 94
- Graduate Degrees: 143
- Student/faculty Ratio: 23.2 to 1
- Average Undergraduate Class Size: 20-29 students
- Faculty Who Teach Undergraduates: 49.7%
- Faculty Holding Doctorate or Terminal Degrees: 76%
- Faculty Who Worked With Undergraduates on a Research Project in the Past two Years: 63.5%
- Study abroad opportunities: 150 in 40 countries
- Students who study abroad each year: 350


- College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
- Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
- Caine College of the Arts
- Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
- College of Engineering
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
- College of Science

Most Popular Majors:

Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education; Teacher Education and Leadership; Economics and Finance; and Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Increased Career Opportunities:

78% of students strongly agreed that their career opportunities improved because of the education they received at USU.


Varsity Sports (NCAA Division 1-A, Mountain West Conference):

- Nickname: Aggies
- Mascot: "Big Blue" the bull
- Colors: Aggie Blue (navy) and white
- Teams: 16 varsity teams

Athletic Successes:

- Graduation success rate for student athletes: 82% — leads Western Athletic Conference (2008)
- USU Basketball team ranked 17th, its highest ranking ever, in the "USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll" (Feb. 2012)
- USU Basketball team ranked 22nd in the Associated Press's "Top 25 Poll" (Feb. 2012)
- Athletic Successes: Graduation success rate for student athletes: 82% — leads Western Athletic Conference (2008)


Tuition CostsSemesterYear
Undergraduate (12 credits/year)$2,898$5,796
Undergraduate nonresident (12 credits/year)$8,348$16,696
Undergraduate international (12 credits/year)$8,806$17,612
Graduate resident (9 credits/year)$2,659$5,318
Graduate nonresident (9 credits/year)$8,298$16,596
Room and board$2,500$5,000
Books and supplies$500$1000

Note: Costs may vary based on your program of study and are subject to change. The figures provided are estimates. For current tuition rates, go to www.usu.edu/tuition.


Institutional Funding

Fundraising (Comprehensive Campaign):

- Completing the Picture: $512 million (October 2012)
- Total Endowment: $209.2 million


Criteria for Notable Alumni recognition: With more than 160,000 alumni in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the globe, Utah State University alumni are making an impact. Alumni success stories listed in the "USU at a Glance" have achieved national prominence and recognition in their chosen profession.


- Total: 160,000
- Location: All 50 states and in more than 100 countries
- Percent of alumni who rate the current academic quality of USU as excellent or very good: 60%
- Percent of Alumni who said if they had to make the decision again, they would still attend USU: 90%
- Percent of alumni who would recommend USU to a friend or relative who wants to attend college: 90%
- Percent who agreed USU had prepared them well for employment: 82%

Notable Alumni:

- Greg Carr, B.S., History, '82, avid human rights activist and founder of the Greg C. Carr Foundation to support human rights, education and the arts
- Mary Louise Cleave, M.S., Biology, '75; PhD., Civil & Environmental Engineering, '80, NASA Astronaut
- Charlie Denson, B.S., Marketing, '78, President of Nike Brand
- Lars Peter Hansen, B.S., Mathematics, '74, B.S., Political Science, '74, 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics winner
- Merlin Olsen, B.S., Finance, '62, well-known athlete and media personality
- Harry Reid, B.S., Political Science, '61, Democratic Senator of the state Nevada and the Democratic Leader in the United States Senate


Criteria for National Rankings and Recognitions: Utah State University has achieved several national and regional recognitions for its outstanding academic programs, faculty and students. Rankings promoted in the Utah State University Fast Facts reflect the university’s mission statement as one of the nation’s premier student-centered land-grant and space-grant universities.

  • Ranked in top 2 percent of prestigious graduate schools of education in the United States for the past 14 years, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services (U.S. News and World Report, "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014 edition)
  • #4 in the nation among Colleges of Education for total research dollars received by a college, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services (U.S. News and World Report, America's Best Graduate Schools, 2014 edition)
  • #2 highest-ranked public university in the West and #3 in the nation for lowest tuition in "America's Top Colleges" (Forbes, "Top Colleges," Aug. 2013)
  • "Best in the West" College (Princeton Review, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region," Aug. 2012)
  • #44 of the "National University Rankings 2013" by Washington Monthly (Washington Monthly, "National University Rankings 2013," Aug. 2013)
  • Ranked 12th in the nation's best public national universities for graduates with the least debt (U.S. News & World Report, "Least Debt, Best Colleges 2014," Sep. 2013)


  • $213 million in research awards during 2011 fiscal year, a record 43% increase over funding in 2009. (Aug. 2011)
  • 2nd oldest undergraduate research program in the nation (est. in 1975) behind only Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • A record 44 patents were filed and 11 patents were issued to USU, along with 10 commercialized technologies that fall into the "copyright category" (Utah State University Technology Commercialization Office, Fiscal Year 2009)
  • A record 10 companies were spun out from 2009 to 2010, the average for a university is 3 per year (Utah State University Technology Commercialization Office, Aug. 2010)


  • #1 safest metro area in nation, Logan (CQ Press, March 2013)
  • #3 in "Top 10 College Towns for 2012," Logan (Livability.com, Aug. 2012)
  • #1 best performing small city in the nation, Logan (Milken Institute, March 2013)
  • One of the "Best Underrated College Towns," Logan (Maria Minsker, Cornell University, "Best Underrated College Towns," Feb. 2012)


President Stan Albrecht approved a Climate Action Plan in mid-2010 that outlines steps aimed at minimizing USU’s greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is part of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment that Albrecht signed in 2007. He was the first in the state to sign the pledge.

USU is a leading eco-friendly institution:

  • One of the country's most environmentally responsible universities (Princeton Review, "Guide to 311 Green Colleges," April 2011)
  • Utah State University was named as a "Tree Campus USA" school in April 2011. (Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, April 2011)
  • Nearly all of USU's Aggie Shuttles, which transport nearly 1 million people a year, run on compressed natural gas. It is the state's only alternative-fuel bus system in higher education.
  • USU’s central heating system burns natural gas, reducing air pollutants in Cache Valley by more than 230 tons annually.
  • The student-run Aggie Blue Bikes program provides bicycle loans to students and employees free of charge.
  • The campus has several low-water-usage gardens, which showcase native plants and have interpretive displays that encourage people to garden with water-efficient plants.
  • Over the past 15 years, USU has retrofitted 3.5 million square feet of space with efficient fluorescent lighting, reducing the university’s energy usage by 30 percent.
  • The university runs the Utah Botanical Center and Utah House in Kaysville and the Swaner EcoCenter and Preserve outside Park City. These centers preserve the natural environment and educate visitors about living in ways that conserve natural resources.
  • Even with a 20 percent increase in the student population since 1990, the university has managed to keep energy consumption to a minimum, increasing by only 1 percent during that time.
  • Several major university research projects revolve around sustainability, including research on intuitive buildings that save energy and research aimed at developing biofuels from algae growth and from plant growth on previously unused municipal land.

For more information, visit the Sustainability website.


Undergraduate Admissions:

USU Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Taggart Student Center, Room 102, 0160 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-0160; Toll Free: 800-488-8108 or Local: 435-797-1079, www.usu.edu/admissions/.

Graduate Admissions:

USU School of Graduate Studies, Old Main, Room 164, 0900 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-0900; Phone: (435) 797-1189, www.usu.edu/graduateschool/.

Visitor Information Center:

Located at entrance of Aggie Parking Terrace, approximately 600 N. 700 East, Open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., 435-797-6869 or email at usuparking@usu.edu.

Athletics Ticket Office:

Located on the west side of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, approximately 850 E. 900 North, Open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 435-797-0305 or toll free 1-888-878-2831.

Caine College of the Arts Box Office:

Located in the Chase Fine Arts Center, approximately 1110 E. 610 North, Open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., or one hour prior to event, 435-797-8022, or online at http//boxoffice.usu.edu.

*Additional Facts about USU are available from the Office of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation.

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