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Utah State University Quick Facts



March 8, 1888


Land-grant, public research university

President (16th):

Noelle E.Cockett (Jan. 5, 2017-present)

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)


Logan, Utah
- Population:
   Logan - 48,565
   Cache County - 114,181
- 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

Statewide Campuses and Extension:

- Main Campus: Logan
- Statewide Campuses: 8 (Blanding, Brigham City, Eastern, Moab, Salt Lake City, Southwest, Tooele, Uintah Basin)
- Statewide Education Centers: 23
- Extension: Serves all of Utah’s 29 counties and includes the Ogden Botanical Center, Thanksgiving Point, and Utah Botanical Center.

Workforce (Logan Campus):

- Faculty members (full-time): 893
- Full-time support staff: 1,692

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 2019):

Total Enrollment: 27,810* (Enrollment numbers updated annually every fall)
Undergraduate: 24,669 (14,631 Logan Campus; 8,544 Statewide Campuses/USU Online; 1,494 USU Eastern)
Graduate: 3,141 (1,536 Logan Campus; 1,571Statewide Campuses/USU Online; 34 USU Eastern)
Master’s: 1,946 (852 Logan Campus; 1,068 Statewide Campuses/USU Online; 26 USU Eastern)
Doctoral: 732 (648 Logan Campus; 84 Statewide Campuses/USU Online)

*Includes USU Statewide Campuses and Online: 10,115 and USU Eastern: 1,528

Student Representation:

- All 29 counties in Utah
- All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories
- More than 70 countries


- Male: 15,308
- Female: 12,502


- Average undergraduate student age: 22 - Average graduate student age: 31.6


- Undergraduate Degrees: 165
- Undergraduate Minors: 127
- Graduate Degrees: 138
- Student/faculty Ratio: 19.7 to 1
- Average Undergraduate Class Size: 20-29 students
- Study abroad opportunities: 1000+ in 85 countries
- Students who study abroad each year: 481

Most Popular Declared Majors:

Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education; Economics; Psychology; Mechanical Engineering; Biology; Elementary Education, Human Movement Science; and Computer Science.


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


Tuition CostsSemesterYear
Undergraduate resident tuition and fees (12-18 credits)$3,829$7,568
Undergraduate nonresident tuition and fees (12-18 credits)$11,099$22,198
Undergraduate international tuition and fees (12-18 credits)$11,710$23,420
Graduate resident tuition and fees (9 credits/year)$3,502$7,004
Graduate nonresident tuition and fees (9 credits/year)$10,997$21,904
Room and board$3,296$6,592
Personal Expenses$3,371$6,742

Note: Cost estimate assumes an undergraduate student taking 12-18 credits per semester and living on campus in shared housing. Costs may vary based on your program of study and are subject to change. The figures provided are estimates.


Total: $638,461,813

USU funding distribution


Criteria for Notable Alumni recognition: With more than 135,000 alumni in the United States and in more than 110 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: 149,000
- Location: All 50 states and in more than 110 countries

Notable Alumni:

- Norah Abdullah-Al-Faiz, M.S. Instructional Technology, ’82, educational policy expert in Saudi Arabia
- 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; P.H.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, ’80, NASA Astronaut
- Lars Peter Hansen, B.S. Mathematics, ’74, B.S. Political Science, ’74, 2013 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics
- Merlin Olsen, B.S., Finance, ’62, well known athlete and media personality
- May Swenson, B.S., English, ’34, known as one of America’s best contemporary poets offering a new perspective on the human condition, death, sexuality, and the art of poetry


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.

  • #5 national public university in “National Universities Rankings 2019” by Washington Monthly (Washington Monthly, “National University Rankings 2019,” September 2019)
  • #17 highest-ranked public university in the country with the lowest tuition in “America’s Top Colleges” for 2019 (Forbes, Aug. 2019)
  • #7 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Program in the nation (Study.com, August 2019)
  • #6 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,” 2018 edition)
  • The Most Beautiful College in Utah (The Most Beautiful College in Every State, “Travel + Leisure,” August 2019)
  • #3 Best Employer in Utah (Forbes, “America’s Best Employers by State 2019,” June 2019)


$311 million in research awards during the 2018 fiscal year, an all-time high for USU, up 30.94% percent in awards over last year’s total (2017).


  • #5 Best College Town in the Nation, Logan (Best College Towns in your State, Reviews.org, September 2019)
  • One of the “Top 10 College Town for Post-Grads 2019” (MoveBuddha, February 2019)


USU distributes an annual security and fire safety report to all employees and students by October 1 of each year. The annual security report includes campus crime and fire statistics for the previous three years, information about how to report crimes and seek help, and details about how USU is preventing sexual violence and improving campus safety. All USU statewide campuses are included in the report available for download below.

A printed copy of the annual security report is available upon request.


Utah State University formally committed to sustainability in 1991 when President Cazier signed the Talloires Declaration. This early commitment set the stage in 2007 for President Albrecht to commitment the university to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. USU has continued to make progress.

USU is a leading eco-friendly institution:

  • USU received a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Silver rating in 2013 and renewed it in 2016.
  • Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges has recognized USU since 2011.
  • Nearly 300 Aggie Blue Bikes and free toolboards contribute Bicycle Friendly University Silver status.
  • Natural gas Aggie Shuttles offer over a million rides per year.
  • Tree Campus USA has recognized Utah State University since 2011.
  • Energy consumption has decreased 18 percent per ft2 of floor area since 2007.
  • All new buildings are Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified, including two platinum-rated buildings, Wetland Discovery Point and Swaner EcoCenter.
  • Over 40 Blue Goes Green Grants for student ideas since 2011 have avoided the emission of over 100 tonnes CO2.

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,

Graduate Admissions:

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

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.,
Phone: 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.,
Phone: 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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