Best Value Colleges in Utah

The Beehive State is home to several schools that appear in the top half of our 20 Year Net ROI rankings, and perhaps that’s what makes its colleges and universities such popular choices. Utah’s natural beauty is also a big draw; the state is home to five National Parks, and also offers year-round fun in terms of skiing, hiking, mountain biking and much more. Regardless of what draws you to this state for your higher education, consider using PayScale’s data to pinpoint the best value colleges in Utah before applying.

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Rank 
School Name 
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
 
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
 
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
 
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
 
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
111.8%11.8%13.5%13.5%$595,000$595,000$614,000$614,000$71,100$71,10083%6$20,00014%
1Brigham Young University-Provo(Private)
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROI13.5%
Annual ROI13.5%
20 Year Net ROI$595,000
20 Year Net ROI$595,000
20 Year Net ROI$614,000
20 Year Net ROI$614,000
Total 4 Year Cost$71,100
Total 4 Year Cost$71,100
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate6
Loan Amt$20,000
Grant Money Received14%
210.2%10.2%11.8%11.8%$444,000$444,000$463,000$463,000$74,400$74,40032%5$20,00037%
2Weber State University(In-State)
Annual ROI10.2%
Annual ROI10.2%
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROI11.8%
20 Year Net ROI$444,000
20 Year Net ROI$444,000
20 Year Net ROI$463,000
20 Year Net ROI$463,000
Total 4 Year Cost$74,400
Total 4 Year Cost$74,400
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$20,000
Grant Money Received37%
39.3%8.9%11.4%10.9%$435,000$430,000$464,000$459,000$89,300$94,90065%5$32,00024%
3University of Utah(In-State)
Annual ROI9.3%
Annual ROI8.9%
Annual ROI11.4%
Annual ROI10.9%
20 Year Net ROI$435,000
20 Year Net ROI$430,000
20 Year Net ROI$464,000
20 Year Net ROI$459,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,300
Total 4 Year Cost$94,900
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$32,000
Grant Money Received24%
49.9%9.8%12.9%12.7%$410,000$409,000$441,000$440,000$74,000$75,30047%5$23,90029%
4Utah State University(In-State)
Annual ROI9.9%
Annual ROI9.8%
Annual ROI12.9%
Annual ROI12.7%
20 Year Net ROI$410,000
20 Year Net ROI$409,000
20 Year Net ROI$441,000
20 Year Net ROI$440,000
Total 4 Year Cost$74,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,300
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$23,900
Grant Money Received29%
58.1%8.1%9.1%9.1%$409,000$409,000$428,000$428,000$110,000$110,00032%5$20,00037%
5Weber State University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI8.1%
Annual ROI8.1%
Annual ROI9.1%
Annual ROI9.1%
20 Year Net ROI$409,000
20 Year Net ROI$409,000
20 Year Net ROI$428,000
20 Year Net ROI$428,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$20,000
Grant Money Received37%
66.1%6.0%7.2%7.0%$366,000$360,000$395,000$389,000$159,000$165,00065%5$32,00024%
6University of Utah(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI6.0%
Annual ROI7.2%
Annual ROI7.0%
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
20 Year Net ROI$360,000
20 Year Net ROI$395,000
20 Year Net ROI$389,000
Total 4 Year Cost$159,000
Total 4 Year Cost$165,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$32,000
Grant Money Received24%
77.1%7.0%8.6%8.6%$361,000$360,000$392,000$391,000$123,000$124,00047%5$23,90029%
7Utah State University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI7.1%
Annual ROI7.0%
Annual ROI8.6%
Annual ROI8.6%
20 Year Net ROI$361,000
20 Year Net ROI$360,000
20 Year Net ROI$392,000
20 Year Net ROI$391,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$23,900
Grant Money Received29%
85.0%5.1%7.9%8.0%$291,000$293,000$365,000$367,000$176,000$174,00062%4$27,90027%
8Westminster College (Utah)(Private)
Annual ROI5.0%
Annual ROI5.1%
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI8.0%
20 Year Net ROI$291,000
20 Year Net ROI$293,000
20 Year Net ROI$365,000
20 Year Net ROI$367,000
Total 4 Year Cost$176,000
Total 4 Year Cost$174,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$27,900
Grant Money Received27%
97.7%7.5%10.3%10.1%$265,000$263,000$295,000$293,000$78,200$80,50049%5$15,60033%
9Southern Utah University(In-State)
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROI7.5%
Annual ROI10.3%
Annual ROI10.1%
20 Year Net ROI$265,000
20 Year Net ROI$263,000
20 Year Net ROI$295,000
20 Year Net ROI$293,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,200
Total 4 Year Cost$80,500
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$15,600
Grant Money Received33%
105.0%4.9%6.4%6.3%$214,000$212,000$244,000$242,000$129,000$131,00049%5$15,60033%
10Southern Utah University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.0%
Annual ROI4.9%
Annual ROI6.4%
Annual ROI6.3%
20 Year Net ROI$214,000
20 Year Net ROI$212,000
20 Year Net ROI$244,000
20 Year Net ROI$242,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$15,600
Grant Money Received33%
-N/A8.5%N/A10.1%N/A$418,000N/A$443,000N/A$102,00029%6$21,90031%
-Utah Valley University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI8.5%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI10.1%
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$418,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$443,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate6
Loan Amt$21,900
Grant Money Received31%
-N/A13.8%N/A16.0%N/A$652,000N/A$668,000N/A$53,10026%5$20,90036%
-Western Governors University(Private)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI13.8%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI16.0%
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$652,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$668,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$53,100
Grad Rate26%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$20,900
Grant Money Received36%
-N/A11.1%N/A14.1%N/A$456,000N/A$482,000N/A$62,90029%6$21,90031%
-Utah Valley University(In-State)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI11.1%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI14.1%
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$456,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$482,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$62,900
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate6
Loan Amt$21,900
Grant Money Received31%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

With its close affiliation with the Church of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS Church, Brigham Young University is primarily attended by Mormon students who seek the best bang for their educational buck. The Y, as it’s often referred by students, was founded in 1875 and is the largest religious university in the country. Popular areas of study include liberal arts, engineering, management and law, and the university counts U.S. senators, U.S. representatives and other dignitaries among its alumni. Its impeccably maintained campus in Provo offers amazing views of the Wasatch Mountains, so it’s a lovely place to earn a degree.

Thanks to its close proximity to bustling downtown Salt Lake City, the University of Utah, otherwise known as “the U” or “the U of U,” boasts a student population of more than 32,000 and offers more than 100 undergraduate majors. The university distinguishes itself in a number of other ways, including the fact that it has the only accredited architectural program in the state of Utah. It’s also well known for its study of genetics, which is largely because of its affiliation with the LDS church and its tradition of genealogy.

Another school offering the value of college education Utah students and their parents want is Utah State University, which is located in Logan. Founded in 1888, the school boasts a student population of nearly 29,000 and offers degree programs in business, economics, the liberal arts and many other disciplines. Situated just a mile from downtown Logan, it offers students a nice mix of campus life and smaller city excitement. USU’s College of Engineering is a particular draw for many who apply. It has strong ties with NASA and the Department of Defense, making it an exciting place for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the sciences. Many distinguished and accomplished alumni came out of USU, including several NASA astronauts. U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the senate majority leader, is also among the ranks of famous alumni.


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