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.
@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.
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.
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.
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).
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)
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.
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.
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 UtesGo Pac 12Go P5