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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

Regional Campuses, Distance Education and Extension:

- Regional Campuses: 4 (Brigham City, Moab, Tooele, Uintah Basin)
- Comprehensive Regional College: 1 (USU Eastern with campuses in Price and Blanding)
- Extension Offices: In 28 of 29 Utah counties and at the Ogden Botanical Center, Thanksgiving Point, and Utah Botanical Center.

Workforce (Logan Campus):

- Faculty members: 800
- Full- and part-time support staff: 1,664

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 2018):

Total:27,932* (*Includes USU Regional Campuses and Distance Education: 15,324 and USU Eastern: 1,895; Enrollment numbers updated annually every fall)
Undergraduate: 24,880 (16,184 Logan Campus)
Graduate: 3,052

Student Representation:

- All 29 counties in Utah
- All 50 states
- 78 countries


- Male: 12,774
- Female: 15,158


- Average undergraduate student age: 22.4 - Average graduate student age: 32.3


- Undergraduate Degrees: 162
- Undergraduate Minors: 121
- Graduate Degrees: 153
- Student/faculty Ratio: 21.1 to 1
- Average Undergraduate Class Size: 20-29 students
- Study abroad opportunities: 150 in 40 countries
- Students who study abroad each year: 350

Most Popular Declared Majors:

Economics; Psychology; Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education; Mechanical Engineering; Human Movement Science; Biology; Elementary Education; 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)$3,712$7,424
Undergraduate nonresident tuition and fees (12-18 credits)$10,753$21,506
Undergraduate international tuition and fees (12-18 credits)$11,345$22,690
Graduate resident tuition and fees (9 credits/year)$3,395$6,790
Graduate nonresident tuition and fees (9 credits/year)$10,654$21,308
Room and board$2,700$5,400
Books and supplies$500$1000

Note: Cost estimate assumes an undergraduate student taking 15 credits per semester living on campus in shared housing with a 15 meal a week meal plan. Costs may vary based on your program of study and are subject to change. The figures provided are estimates.


Total: $648,213,102

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:

- 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; PhD., Civil & Environmental Engineering, '80, NASA Astronaut
- Lars Peter Hansen, B.S., Mathematics, '74, B.S., Political Science, '74, 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics winner
- Merlin Olsen, B.S., Finance, '62, well-known athlete and media personality


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 the nation in “National Universities Rankings 2018” by Washington Monthly (Aug. 2018)
  • #5 “Best Online Graduate Bachelor’s Program” in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, Jan. 2018)
  • #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)
  • #7 highest-ranked public university in the country with the lowest tuition in “America’s Top Colleges” for 2018 (Forbes, Aug. 2018)


  • $240 million in research awards during the 2016 fiscal year, an all-time high for USU, up 4.7 percent in awards over last year’s record (2016)
  • 24 patents were filed and 11 patents were issued (2016 fiscal year)
  • A record 44 patents were filed and 11 patents were issued to USU, along with 10 commercialized technologies that fall into the "copyright category" (Utah State University Technology Commercialization Office, Fiscal Year 2009)
  • A record 10 companies were spun out from 2009 to 2010, the average for a university is 3 per year (Utah State University Technology Commercialization Office, Aug. 2010)


  • One of the “Top 10 Small Town Colleges 2018” (Best Value, June 2018)
  • “The Most Beautiful College in Utah” (Travel and Leisure, March 2017)


USU distributes an annual security 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 and details about how USU is preventing sexual violence and improving campus safety.

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


USU distributes an annual security 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 and details about how USU is preventing sexual violence and improving campus safety.

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

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//

*Additional Facts about USU are available from the Office of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation.

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