Students Say

Utah State University is a large, affordable, research-oriented school that offers over 200 majors and “one hell of an engineering program.” The College of Education is “top notch” as well and there are strong programs in agriculture and business. “General education courses absolutely suck to take” and they “are much too large.” “Stack ‘em deep; teach ‘em cheap,” says a poetic Spanish major. Overall, though, “the academic experience is superb.” “The professors are saints as far as I’m concerned,” declares a civil engineering major. “They are here because they love teaching and seeing their students succeed.”

Overview

Applicants
12,835
Acceptance Rate
98%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 590
SAT Math
450 - 590
ACT Composite
20 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Utah State University is a large, affordable, research-oriented school that offers over 200 majors and “one hell of an engineering program.” The College of Education is “top notch” as well and there are strong programs in agriculture and business. “General education courses absolutely suck to take” and they “are much too large.” “Stack ‘em deep; teach ‘em cheap,” says a poetic Spanish major. Overall, though, “the academic experience is superb.” “The professors are saints as far as I’m concerned,” declares a civil engineering major. “They are here because they love teaching and seeing their students succeed.” “I’ve had some crummy professors, but only two or three out of 30,” estimates an accounting major. “The good far outweigh the bad.” Administratively, “the registrar’s office could be a little more organized” and there are the typical big school frustrations but USU generally “runs very smoothly.” “The administration’s main focus is on the students,” lauds a speech communication major, “and that is apparent from the amount of effort that they put toward student services and functions.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
1,107
with Terminal Degree
782

679
Men
428
Women
96
Minority
21
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
46%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
39%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Terminal Associate
Transfer Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Ardeshir Zahedi
Former Iranian Ambassador to the United States

Harry Reid
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Merlin Olsen
Football Hall of Fame/Actor

Kathleen Clarke
First woman to head U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Kenny Guinn
27th Governor of Nevada

Lars Peter Hansen
2013 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics

Mary Louise Cleave
NASA Astronaut

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
72
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

USU’s undergraduate research program is the second oldest in the country, after MIT’s. More than a fourth of all undergrads perform their own research, and well over a thousand undergrads are employed in paid research positions each year. A variety of programs encourage students from all backgrounds to get involved internationally as well. With nationally ranked programs, awardwinning faculty, and a close-knit family of illustrious alumni, USU students are fully equipped to succeed in anything.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,676

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,749

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,100

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,100

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,676

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,454
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,561
Required Fees
$930
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,260

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,680
Transportation for Commuters
$785

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“Everyone is pretty laid back and conservative” at USU. Students describe themselves as “studious,” “very motivated to achieve,” and “nothing but welcoming and nice.” There’s a decent-sized contingent of international students on campus but there is “only a small percentage of minority students.” “This is northern Utah,” says a sophomore. “Most of the students are white and Mormon.” The Church of Latter-Day Saints has “a strong influence” here. Scores of students “do not drink, smoke, or have sex before marriage.” “Many are married” already and “have a part-time job.” Some students say that “it’s tough fitting in as a non-Mormon.” Others say that the “the LDS community at USU is very devout but at the same time very accepting.” There are “some overzealous Mormons” who are “pretty nearly intolerant and look down on other faiths,” they say, but “you get those nut jobs with every religion.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
24,271
Out of State
25%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
88

Demographics

2.00%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.01%
Asian
5.99%
Hispanic
83.13%
Caucasian
4.78%
Unknown
1.76%
International

54% female
46% male
25% are out of state
65% are full time
35% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“You can find a club or organization for just about anything” at USU. Sports are reportedly “quite popular.” “Aggie Basketball is huge.” However, other teams are “sickeningly terrible.” There is a smattering of Greek life and there are “parties with a lot of alcohol involved.” However, nobody really comes here for the party scene. This is “Mormonville.” “Dinner and a movie” and a lot of good old-fashioned dating are far more common than drinking. The surrounding town of Logan is “small” and “in the middle of the mountains.” It’s “pretty steep” around here but it’s “an incredibly beautiful and inspiring place to live and learn” and “a great place for the outdoors.” “Everyone goes sledding on Old Main Hill in the winter.” For serious skiers and snowboarders, there is a resort “really close” and “the snow in the canyon is awesome.” “A lot of people miss class after a good snowstorm to hit the slopes,” observes a junior.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
74

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Diane Craig Baum

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psycho educational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Evaluation from an individual with experience in doing evaluations. Send full evaluation with DSM/ICD codes.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
192
Number of Honor Societies
32

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
8

2% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Aggies)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Aggies)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

At Utah State University, sustainability initiatives are rapidly developing as “Blue Goes Green.” To date, USU has retrofitted 3.5 million square feet of space with new, energy-efficient CFLs that have helped the university realize a cost savings of 30 percent, and Housing has installed 6,500 LEDs. In addition, USU replaced its coal-fired plant with natural gas co-generation in 2002, reducing emissions by approximately 55 percent . USU’s recycling program has grown from a $50,000 operation with one vehicle for retrieval in 1990, to a full-fledged Recycling Center with 10,000 square feet of space and eleven employees. In one year, USU recycles more than 665 tons of material in twenty-three different categories. When USU studied its carbon footprint, it discovered that 47 percent of greenhouse gas emissions came from transportation-related issues. The university’s Transportation Committee immediately began developing innovative ideas that help achieve sustainability of transportation on campus. For instance, the Aggie Blue Bike program is a student-managed program that lends bikes to students free of charge for up to a semester at a time. Students also have the opportunity to receive free maintenance on bikes as well as use of bike tools. The program started with nine bikes and has grown to include a fleet of more than 300. Aggie Blue Bikes has served 1,644 students with bike rentals and 3,056 members of the campus community with tool board use for the maintenance of personal bikes.

Green Rating
96
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
260

Average Number of PC's per Lab
75

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, HP, Apple (almost all vendors have educ. discounts)

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
0160 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-0160

Phone
434-797-8676

Email
admit@usu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Outdoor Recreation Center
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Merrill-Cazier Library
Taggart Student Center
The Quad

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Logan Canyon
Beaver Mountain Ski Area
Salt Lake City
Ellen Eccles Theatre
Bear Lake

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8am - 5pm
434-797-8676

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10:15 a.m. 1:15 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
karen.hamilton@usu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
With ample student housing located on or very near campus, most students walk or ride their bike to school. There are student parking areas on campus, and the university offers the Aggie shuttle, a free service which takes students and faculty to various locations on campus, Romney football stadium, off-campus housing areas and innovation campus. The Logan Transit District (LTD) busses are also free and go everywhere in Logan City district, including various campus stops. There is a small airport in Logan, however people generally fly into Salt Lake City and take an airport shuttle to Logan.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-15 take exit 364 to Logan, which is highway 89-91. This will take you through Sardine Canyon to Cache Valley, Stay on 89-91 until it turns into Main Street in Logan. Stay on Main Street until 400 N. Turn right, traveling East on 400 N. until 600 E. Turn left (North). You will immediately hit a 4-way stop. Turn right (East) at the stop. Continue heading East and turn left at the next street. Follow that street as it curves around to the right (East), and you will approach a stoplight. Go through the light and park in the parking garage on the right (South) side of the road.

Local Accommodations
Logan is a small city, and most accommodations are a short drive from campus, and can be reached using the LTD or a taxi. The University Inn (435-797-0017) is located on campus and offers moderate rates. There are Best Westerns throughout the city that offer moderate rates. The Anniversary Inn (169 E, Center Street, 435-752-3443) and Logan House Inn (168 N. 100 E., 435-752-7727) offer more expensive rates. The Super 8 Motel (865 S. Main, 435-753-8883) is an inexpensive alternative.
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Key Stats

12,835
Applicants
24,271
Size
98%
Acceptance Rate
1050
SAT Scores

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