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Published: Wednesday, May 7 2014 7:35 p.m. MDT

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Girlse State
Midvale, UT

Utah offers 82 percent of applicants and 2/3 of that group say no thanks? I guess when you have a choice between Utah and elsewhere, elsewhere is the clear preference

Salt Lake City, UT

These sources are only reporting what most of us already knew.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Are you saying the logo rated 4th best in the nation isn't being used anymore?

West Jordan, Utah

The numbers; 11,423 to 11,354 and the Desnews thinks this to be their usual BYU validation news. I wouldn't be surprised if this comment is threateningly controversial and censored. I wait on like a bird on a wire.

Auckland NZ, 00

Does it make sense to compare the number of applications received by a state school with a regional reputation with those received by a private religious school that attracts the attention of all LDS around the world, not just in one low-population state? Why does everything have to be a competition with you Americans anyway?

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Well, no kidding!

Ogden, UT

I find it interesting that an aerial photo of the athletic complex was selected as the apparent most important "visual" representation of BYU. No doubt the best collegiate athletic facilities and teams "money" can buy.

Brigham City, UT

Please tell me this isn't going to evolve into an immature rock throwing contest between lovers of the U and the Y. But then, how could it not?

Layton, UT

Did anyone ever think otherwise? Of Course BYU is on top! Go Cougars.

NotInMiami, FL

BYU also has more students than the UofU so it should get more applicants. The number of applicants is not the key. The key is the number who are accepted who attend. Only Harvard has a higher "yield" for those accepted actually enrolling (barely higher than BYU). The UofU provides good education but

NotInMiami, FL

For some reason my comment got cut off. In essence it said that 75th percentile at the U is a 27 ACT and 3.88 GPA. 75th percentile at BYU is a 31 ACT and almost 4.0 GPA. BYU students are just about the sharpest I've been around (and I've been at a top-10 university and a top-50). Nothing against the University of Utah, it just does not have the same caliber of students that BYU does.

Danbury, CT

One thing BYU and Utah students have in common: they all applied to BYU...

Fyodor Mikhailovich
Salt Lake City, UT

This is probably the biggest non story of the year. Maybe of interest to University administrators and who cares what they think?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

BYU is the most desired school in Utah. Unless you want to:
Go into science or technology
Meet someone who's not exactly like you
Play in the NFL

Murray, UT

This is not surprising. Thanks to the generous support provided by the LDS Church tuition is now lower at BYU than it is at the U. The State of Utah will only provide 40% of the funds required to get an undergraduate education at the U. 35 years ago that allocation covered 75% of the cost. Also, the facilities at BYU for the students are top notch. The LDS Church provides much of the funding needed to build and maintain those facilities. The U is constructing a much needed on campus student recreation and health center. The State of Utah did not allocate one dime towards its construction although it is for the students. It had to be funded by the Eccles family and an increase in the student activity fees which added to the cost of tuition which is already high. The State of Utah is not a great supporter of its flag ship university.

St Louis, MO

Wow! This story leveled me with a tsunami of indifference! I may not recover for . . wait; what was I saying?

Taylorsville, UT

Its funny to compare the headlines on the salt lake tribune to the headlines of the Deseret news. At least one newspaper in this state knows what real news still is and I don't think its very hard to know which one it is.

Danbury, CT

'Brave' Sir Robin,

I like the University of Utah OK but, unless you're from Utah, what's the point? There are plenty of great state schools and other universities around the country. Many or most Utah students commute from home and most are LDS (a whopping 83% from Utah). Where's the diversity? The majority of U. students are White and LDS and only 3% belong to fraternities. It's not that different from the average SLC high school. If you want diversity, don't stick around and go to school in the state of Utah.

Indianapolis, IN

@ Brave Sir Robin
I went to BYU for chemistry (that is science by the way) and went on to get a PhD from a top 20 school. Most of the graduates that year went on to get PhD's from Harvard, Yale, Wisconsin, Illinois, CalTech, etc., which are some of the best graduate schools in the world.
I'll agree that BYU's science grad programs aren't all that great, but the undergrad programs are fantastic! From my experience, most schools are only good at one or the other. It all depends on where the professors put their focus. Most Nobel prize winning professors couldn't care less about the lowly undergraduates who get in the way of their research, 99% of which is done by graduate students.

Layton, UT

Here's a pat on the head for byu. I don't know what else to make of this information.

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