The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City among the foothills of the Wasatch Range, is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, it serves over 31,000 students from across the U.S. and the world. With 17 colleges and schools, nearly 100 departments, more than 72 undergraduate majors, 90 graduate majors, and 500 student organizations, the University of Utah prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace.
Forbes magazine’s recent ranking of the “Best States for Business” pointed to “an educated labor force” as a big reason Utah came in at No. 1. The U supplies many of the employees for companies that keep expanding their operations in Utah including Goldman Sachs, Adobe, Oracle, the National Security Agency, IM Flash, eBay and many others.
Notable University of Utah alumni include:
J. Willard Marriott (Founder of Marriott Corporation), John Warnock (co-founder of Adobe), Ed Catmull (President of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios), Larry Echo Hawk (U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs), Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent), Robert F. Bennett (U.S. Senator), Orson Scott Card (American novelist), Evelyn Wood (founder of Speed Reading Dynamics), Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari, Inc.), Bill Gore (founder of the company that developed Gore-Tex fabrics), Robert A. McDonald (U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs), David Neeleman (co-founder of Morris Air and CEO of JetBlue Airways and Azul), Jake Garn (U.S. Senator), Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (author and historian), Reverend France Davis (Pastor, Civil Rights Activist), Wallace Stegner (Pulitzer Prize winning novelist), Stephen Covey (educator, author, and businessman), Jody K. Olsen (Director of the Peace Corps), and Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. (former Governor of Utah and U.S. Ambassador to Singapore).
Three times per year the Career & Professional Development Center collects information on job and graduate school plans from graduating students. Data is gathered primarily through an online survey and personal alumni contact fromthe Career & Professional Development Center and academic departments. For the last several years, the knowledge rate obtained has been approximately 30%. Caution must be taken not to generalize the findings to the entire population of degree recipients.