Okay, Ute fan, time for the toughest quiz of the season, er, semester. No grading on a curve, either. Ready? Here goes: What do you admire most about Utah as a school? Let's strip away all that fanly fan bluster, and the pain you felt the last time the Cougars beat the Utes in football, and consider for a minute the national and international reputations of one of the state's flagship institutions, for the Wasatch Front and beyond and some of the similarities BYU and the U. share. Here are five reasons a BYU fan can respect the U.
BYU beat out Stanford and Harvard to be the most popular university in America two years running. BYU has the nation's highest yield, which means the university has the highest percentage of prospective students whose applications are accepted and who actually go on to enroll. BYU spokesman Todd Hollingshead said in a Deseret News article that he's spoken with many students for whom BYU was the No. 1 choice and who said they didn't want to go anywhere else: "They often forego applying to other schools. This was the place they wanted to be."
Similar to Utah, BYU has a flair for innovation and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneur magazine says it has the No. 4 graduate entrepreneurship program in the nation. The Wall Street Journal ranked BYU 11th for schools whose graduates were the top-rated by recruiters.
BYU offers quality education at low prices. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked BYU fourth for having graduates who leave school with the least debt. BYU also boasts a high bilingual population — 70 percent of students speak a second language.
BYU's accounting program attracts recruiters. The Wall Street Journal ranked the program No. 1 based on a survey of more than 75 recruiters. Combined with the U.'s highly rated program, Utah is the right place to be for an accountant graduate looking for a job.
More than 2,000 BYU graduates will likely go on to to obtain doctoral degrees. The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago ranked BYU No. 10 in the nation for the number of graduates pursuing doctorates. And about 21 percent of those graduates are seeking those Ph.D.'s at the University of Utah.