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Which Utah college is the hardest to get into?

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  • Husker1 Northern Utah County, UT
    April 18, 2017 10:55 a.m.

    It makes sense that BYU is the hardest to get into because it's a private religious institution that plays by totally different rules than public schools. It's apples and oranges.

  • Husker1 Northern Utah County, UT
    April 18, 2017 10:53 a.m.

    @Chris B "Gone should be the days where if you can spell your name, you're admitted into the U."

    Why?? That's all it takes to graduate high school in Utah, so it's logical that spelling your name should get you accepted into a public university.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    April 17, 2017 9:42 p.m.

    Chris B. Sincere question: Why did you have to put down SUU when this article was not about them? SUU undergrad acceptance rates into MAC, MBA, dental, medical, vet programs, etc. are ridiculously HIGH. They have superb science programs and some great finance courses. Their fine arts are terrific. BTW, I'm not associated in any way with SUU.

  • #1 SLC Sports Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2017 8:48 p.m.

    Chris B. The University of Utah's core mission is post graduate research & professional studies (medical, law, business etc...) which is why academically they're in the Pac-12 & BYU is NOT. Just as with student athletes more & more good Mormon kids will choose Utah over BYU for undergraduate study for that very reason. BYU will remain a good undergraduate school but not a great one as their diminishing research opportunities to attract the best LDS faculty become increasingly apparent. Perhaps their lack of P5 league affiliation will at least get them to drop their football program as some of the brethren have suggested over the years.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2017 5:17 p.m.

    Makes sense. The reason it's harder to get into BYU is because they have more people applying and the main reason they have more people applying is because they offer a pretty unique (okay yes, there's BYU-Idaho and BYU-Hawaii but obviously the Provo one is tops) college experience that doesn't exist at other colleges/universities (obviously there are other religious schools but the others aren't LDS focused).

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2017 4:56 p.m.

    geeksuprimus,

    Or the University could make it very clear that they need to improve. Publicizing that acceptance standards will be increasing significantly in the coming years would force high school students to start deciding to focus more on education.

    Gone should be the days where if you can spell your name, you're admitted into the U.

    It's embarrassing but I've literally never met someone who was accepted into BYU but not Utah(assuming they applied)

  • geekusprimus Little Elm, TX
    April 17, 2017 3:53 p.m.

    Chris B,
    The thing that makes that hard is that acceptance rate has to be based on the number of people that apply. The U has some 24,000 undergrads, and their facilities are designed to support that number of students. You have to start the other way around before you can get pickier about who to admit: make the classes harder; engage students in research, internships, and resume-building activities; and demand a higher standard from the professors, possibly hiring more to achieve a lower student-faculty ratio. Once that happens and employers start praising the students coming from the U more, more people will apply, allowing the U to decrease their acceptance rate while maintaining full enrollment. Since the quality will go up after that point, it becomes a self-feeding cycle. But you have to put something into it first.

  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    April 17, 2017 3:45 p.m.

    For high school graduates, any higher educational institution will be hard to get into without first obtaining an associates degree from your local community college.

    I graduated from Dixie with my associates in 1997 (and there's a reason it's not on this list).
    Next, I went on to graduate with a bachelors from SUU in elementary education in 2003 then moved north and obtained a second bachelors from the U in English.

    I had no problem getting accepted into any of these Utah schools. All they want is your money. Just make sure you pick the right major or you'll find no jobs waiting for you after graduation.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2017 2:56 p.m.

    I've long said that Utah needs to improve the quality of undergraduate education at the U. Part of that includes improving the quality of undergraduate students. It is ridiculously easy to get into the U. Most classes I took my junior and senior years in high school(mostly honors and AP classes) were harder than most of my freshman and sophomore year classes at Utah.

    We should have entrance requirements very similar to BYU's. Its one area I've long applauded BYU and their students for.

    I mean come on - when SUU is harder to get into than the University of Utah - we have a problem.

    Go Utes
    Go Pac 12
    Go P5 conferences