Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Utah.
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There are several accrediting agencies that award institutional accreditation to Utah institutions of higher education. Several are listed below, but keep in mind that this list does not include agencies that provide program-specific accreditation, such as for business or nursing programs.
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
The state’s system of higher education and board of education are good resources for additional information on schools and colleges in Utah. You’ll also be able to learn more about higher education opportunities and college readiness through initiatives such as Step Up Utah and the Utah Education Network.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Public higher education in Utah falls under the Utah System of Higher Education, which is made up of 10 universities. Here’s a look at three of the biggest among them.
University of Utah
Salt Lake City
This major research university is the state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education. It offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students. U.S. News & World Report and Forbes rank it among the top universities in the country.
Utah State University
Utah State University’s roots are as an agricultural college. It was founded in 1888 with a focus on agriculture, domestic arts, and mechanic arts. Today, however, students can take classes in a variety of areas, including business, economics, engineering, and liberal arts, and choose from nearly 180 bachelor’s degrees. The public school is ranked among the best universities in the country by Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.
Utah Valley University
Utah Valley University is one of the largest, open admissions, public schools in the nation, and the largest public university in the state of Utah. It enrolls more than 31,000 students, who can choose from nearly 60 bachelor’s degree programs. Because it is an open-admissions institution, all students who complete the admissions process are accepted.
Utah’s private higher education landscape includes one of the largest religious universities in the country, a liberal arts college, and a strictly online institution. Here’s a closer look at three of the largest private schools in the state by enrollment.
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University was founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka Mormon. Since its founding in Utah, the school has grown, with campuses in Salt Lake City, as well as Hawaii and Idaho. The Provo campus enrolls more than 27,000 students. Student life centers on religion; tuition is even cheaper for those who belong to the LDS church. The school is ranked among the best in the country by Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.
Salt Lake City
Westminster College is a comprehensive liberal arts college founded in 1875, with more than 3,300 students enrolled today. The school describes the culture as being “easygoing, neighborly, and welcoming.” U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution among the best in the West.
Western Governors University
Salt Lake City
Western Governors University may be based in the state’s capital, but it is an online institution. The nonprofit university was founded by the governors of 19 states in 1997. Today, it serves more than 40,000 students in the U.S and is the only online, fully-accredited, competency-based university.