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Discover Utah State University

Utah State University is Utah’s land and space-grant institution and home to the Space Dynamics Laboratory, one of 14 university-affiliated space research centers in the nation. USU is the state’s second largest public research university with the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation.

The university’s 823 faculty members engage and connect educational resources and opportunities with 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students, including 16,500 students at its statewide campuses and comprehensive regional college, USU Eastern. Through its eight colleges and graduate school, the university offers 159 undergraduate degrees, 155 graduate degrees, and 105 minors. It counts seven Rhodes Scholars, four Truman Scholars, and 23 Goldwater Scholars among its graduates. In 2012, the university completed its first capital campaign raising more than a half billion dollars.

USU offers the complete package: top-notch academics, nationally recognized research, Division I athletics, outreach to every county in the state, and more than 200 student clubs and organizations, all at the first residential campus in the state.


As the university’s second highest ranking officer, the Executive Vice President and Provost reports directly to the president while overseeing the quality of academic programs and research through collaborative work with deans, department heads and other vice presidents.

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Graduation day at USU


As the chief academic officer of Utah State University, the executive vice president and provost is responsible for providing academic vision and university leadership to advance teaching, research and outreach. The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost ensures faculty excellence by administering and monitoring procedures and criteria for faculty recruitment and retention, promotion and tenure, and faculty performance. The executive vice president and provost also works to enhance student learning by overseeing the curriculum and encouraging and coordinating initiatives in undergraduate education and research.

Utah State University President Noelle Cockett USU President Noelle E. Cockett


USU President Noelle E. Cockett strongly promotes the university’s land-grant mission to extend access to education and learning opportunities and uses innovative approaches to achieve student and faculty success. She is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusiveness on USU campuses. The talent, perspective, and culture of the university’s international students, faculty, and staff strengthen and enrich USU’s teaching, research, and outreach programs.


Dedicated and award-winning faculty, including 14 Carnegie Professors of the Year, have a shared commitment to teaching excellence and rigorous research. Prominent alumni include Nobel Prize-winning economist Lars Peter Hansen, astronaut Mary Louise Cleave, football great Merlin Olsen, and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The student/faculty ratio is 21.4 to 1, and 63.5 percent of faculty engage students in undergraduate research projects. USU emphasizes cross-disciplinary collaboration in teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom. For students who prefer to stay closer to home, USU has two residential campuses in eastern Utah, four regional campuses, and 26 centers. Since 2005, more than 10,000 USU graduates have attended a regional campus. In addition, USU-Online offers seven bachelor’s and nine master’s programs and delivers more than 350 online courses every semester to 13,000 students in Utah and around the globe. In a competitive screening process of over 300 universities, USU-Online was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having the 14th best online bachelor’s programs in the nation.

USU Space Dynamics Laboratory USU Space Dynamics Laboratory


Research expenditures at USU have been on the rise for several consecutive years, and last year’s awards of $244 million are up 4.7 percent from the previous year. USU’s Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is ranked 6th in the nation in research funding, jumping from 39.7 million in 2016 to $46.7 million in 2017. Each year more than 1,000 USU students pursue and present research projects. USU students have the opportunity to work with top researchers like Randy Lewis who is studying adhesive spider silk for naval applications through the Utah Science and Technology Research Initiative (USTAR). The university’s Space Dynamics Laboratory has been solving technical challenges faced by the military, science community, and industry since 1959. The space laboratory’s core competencies are in electro-optical sensor systems, calibration, thermal management, reconnaissance systems, and small satellite technologies.


As the state’s land-grant institution, community engagement is a key component of Utah State University’s mission, and USU Extension plays an integral role in extending the university to the people. Through integration of teaching, research, and public service, Extension responds to critical and emerging issues with research-based, unbiased information in all 29 Utah counties. Aims to blend community outreach into university policies, curricular work, research, and co-curricular activities include education outreach efforts such as AmeriCorps and Alliance for Youth. The Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning directs the university’s curricular and co-curricular community engagement activities and is anchored by the student-driven Val R. Christensen Service Center, the oldest campus volunteer center in Utah. USU is committed to achieving the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement classification, a prestigious recognition that will serve as a roadmap for institutional improvements in community engagement.


Since its founding in 1888, Utah State University has evolved from a small-town college tucked away in the Northern Utah mountains to a thriving research university respected around the world. It is an institution so loved that 53,785 stakeholders, alumni, and friends contributed to a capital campaign that originally started with a $200 million goal but ended with more than a half billion dollars raised. The result was 234 new endowments, 195 new scholarships, 24 new buildings, and four colleges forever transformed by naming gifts, including more than $26 million to the business college by American businessman and philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman Sr. “I’ve never seen anything like the thriftiness and the return on one’s investment by making a charitable contribution to Utah State University,” he says.

Other notable USU mentions: more than 75 percent of students participate in internships or field experience by the time they become seniors; USU students are admitted to medical and dental schools at a rate higher than the national average each year; USU students study abroad at more than 140 partner institutions around the globe; and USU has sent more student experiments into space than any other university in the world.


People come to study at Utah State University but to live in Logan. The city of 50,000 is in the top 15 (and No. 2 in the West) for Best College Towns, according to the AIER College Destination Index. In addition to USU’s Caine College of Arts, which hosts numerous events on campus, Logan has an opera company, theatre company, galleries, and is close to an American West Heritage Center and the turquoise blue water and white sandy beaches of Bear Lake. Logan is minutes from two federally designated wilderness areas and within a two-hour driving distance of 10 major ski resorts, several of which hosted sites for the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is also within a half-day’s drive of six national parks including Yellowstone and the Tetons.