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
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.
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.
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.
@DeepBlueRankings 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.
Which Utah college is the best? BYU — #104Utah —
#311As 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.