Which Utah college is the best? New rankings offer clues

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  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2016 10:13 a.m.

    Research heavy schools are significantly funded by the government through grants from NIH, NSF, etc. Their focus necessarily is not on undergraduate teaching thus "Publish or perish" drives the faculty. At Westminster and BYU, graduate degree programs are allowed only if they do not negatively impact undergraduate education. The disparity in ACT scores for incoming freshmen at WM and BYU v. other Utah schools reflects the significant differences in who they matriculate.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2016 10:10 p.m.

    I found it interesting that BYU and WM, two privately funded schools, have the highest percentage of students who pay back their loans. It is interesting that the public schools, that already get government funding, lag behind in percentage of students who keep their commitments to repay their loans.

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    Oct. 7, 2016 9:32 p.m.

    I read and said to myself, I'll check the comments to see if anyone would try and justify Utah being a better school when unbiased research shows BYU 200 spots better.
    No way I thought, but sure enough here they are. Just amazing. What will you try and convince people of next? Thanks for the laughs.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 7, 2016 6:27 p.m.

    If you want a church sponsored school, then BYU may just be the place. If you want a liberal education that challenges your belief system and demands critical thinking you probably should go elsewhere. In any case, Utah offers a full pallet of great choices no matter what your interests and budget is.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2016 3:07 p.m.

    Rankings take into account different things. BYUs going to dominate anything that counts affordability as an aim since they're so heavily subsidized by the church that tuition is extremely cheap. They tend to score better on incoming student SAT/ACT scores, and competitiveness (BYU after all offers something that basically no other school does for LDS students, and that niche role leads to a lot of applications). The rankings where Utah tends to beat BYU by large margins are ones that look at research programs.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Oct. 7, 2016 2:55 p.m.

    Which Utah college is the best?

    BYU — #104
    Utah — #311

    As expected, although the kids on the hill will break out their own "facts and figures" to help them feel better about themselves.

    It's funny how U.S.-based ranking systems are so "clueless", at least according to the usual suspects, when it comes to ranking U.S. Colleges.