Recreational Paradise

There are plenty of reasons why people fall in love with Utah. From the picturesque mountains to the breathtaking canyons, Utah’s scenery is unmatched. The Beehive State is also home to some of the best mountain biking, fishing, snowboarding and skiing in the world. It has eight world-class ski resorts just a short drive from the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City as well as five national parks and more than 40 state parks for hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and camping.

And Utah has more than just the best outdoor recreation. There is also a plethora of exciting events just minutes from campus. We’re home to professional sports teams such as Real Salt Lake, the Utah Jazz, as well as the University of Utah’s nationally ranked football, basketball and gymnastic teams. Nearby Park City also plays host to the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival, and FanX has become one of the country’s most successful pop-culture conventions. Or you can take in fixtures such as Ballet West, the Utah Symphony and our lively theater scene.

Here’s How We Rank Nationally In Recreation:

  • #1 Happiest States in America — WalletHub
  • #2 Best States for Winter Activities —
  • #3 Best Ski Resorts in the USA (Snowbird) — PlanetWare
  • #3 Best Ski Resorts in North America (Snowbird) — ZRankings
  • #4 Best Ski Resorts in the USA (Park City) — PlanetWare
  • #4 Best Ski Vacations in the USA — U.S. News & World Report
  • #4 Top Ski Resorts in North America (Alta) — ZRankings
  • #4 Best Places to Hike in North America (Zion National Park) — U.S. News & World Report
  • #5 Best-Looking Cities — Total Beauty


  • #1 Best State for GDP Growth — Forbes
  • #1 Best State Economy — WalletHub
  • #1 Best Economy — U.S. News & World Report
  • #1 Best Economy — 24/7 Wall St.
  • #1 Most Independent State — WalletHub
  • #1 Best State for Employment — U.S. News & World Report
  • #1 Best State for Entrepreneurs — Forbes

Salt Lake City

  • #1 Best Place to Start a Career — WalletHub
  • #1 Most Fiscally Fit Cities — State Farm Insurance/Best Places
  • #2 Best Cities for Young Professionals —
  • #2 Best Cities for Jobs — WalletHub
  • #3 Best Cities to Start a Career — Zippia
  • #4 Best-Performing Large Cities — Milken Institute

The University of Utah

The University of Utah provides more than 34,000 students with a collaborative environment in which they can play a meaningful role in landmark research and innovation. The U is ranked in the top 150 among the best 500 universities in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and is a Carnegie Foundation RU/VH: Research University. It was also recently named the newest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, marking it as one of the most outstanding academic institutions in the nation.

The College of Engineering

At the forefront of a statewide initiative to increase the number of engineering and computer science degrees, the College of Engineering has been key in helping our local economy grow. Through spring 2021, we have awarded 1,146 degrees, more than doubling our output of graduates in the last 15 years. In 2020, engineering-related research has grown to more than $89 million.

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