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Utah State University Greats 2009


A sense of tradition, wonder, and place permeates Utah State University. Against this backdrop emerge five great distinctions: research and academics; teaching and learning; location; access; and alumni. What follows are examples of notable accomplishments under each of these groupings.

A comprehensive collection of 2008 greats is now available. Click here to download the PDF. You can also download the 2007 booklet by clicking here.



Research

Research

As one of Utah's premier research universities, USU is ranked in the top 100 among all public institutions in the nation for total research revenue generated. USU is also nationally and internationally recognized for its intellectual and technological leadership in land, water, space, human health and the arts. With seven colleges, more than 200 majors and 130 research-related classes, student-centered, hands-on learning opportunities are plentiful. Learn more...



Hands-on learning

Hands-on learning

USU's tradition of teaching excellence began in 1890 when a faculty of nine taught a class of 139 students. Since that time USU faculty have continually encouraged and inspired students, and USU is proud to be home to seven of the last 12 Utah Carnegie Professors of the Year in Utah. The recognition salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country and students are reaping the benefits. In the past seven years, USU can count 11 Goldwater Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar and a Marshall Scholar among its students and graduates. Learn more...



Location

Location

The great American author Thomas Wolfe once wrote that Cache Valley is "...cupped in the rim of bold hills, a magic valley plain, flat as a floor and as green as heaven and more...." That heaven became the spot where USU, the oldest and largest public residential campus in Utah, would reside. Cache Valley was ranked as the "Safest Metropolitan Area" in the nation in the 15th edition of "City Crime Rankings." And USU ranks seventh in the "2006 Most Secure U.S. Places to Live" rankings for small towns from Farmers Insurance. Students, faculty and staff who live in the area enjoy the lowest average commute time in Utah, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2005 American Community Survey. Learn more...



Outreach

Outreach

USU is dedicated to helping students living throughout the state of Utah obtain an affordable education close to home. As Utah's land-grant institution, the university has 850 faculty who provided education during the past year to more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students at its distance education sites. The USU Distance Education Program offers 60 degree programs and certificates, including associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Students can attend Utah State classes at the three regional campuses, seven full-service centers and multiple education sites located in all of Utah's 29 counties. Learn more...



Alumni

Alumni

With more than 180,000 alumni in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the globe, Utah State University alumni are making an impact. USU Alumni donated more than $84,000 to Aggie Alumni Scholarships for the 2006-07 school year. The scholarships are given to children and grandchildren of alums to continue the Aggie tradition. Alumni success stories include well-known athlete and media personality Merlin Olsen, NASA astronaut Mary Louise Cleave and Nike president Charlie Denson. Learn more...