University of Utah, Salt Lake City
University of Utah (U of U) is a public flagship university founded in the year 1850. This university is known for its computer art, computer animation and allied fields which has led to a number of applications for the course on Games Development. U of U is also very active in the athletics scene in the US and has consistently done well in all sports.
The campus is spread over 1500 acres in Salt Lake City which is the capital of Utah. The city is a hub for mining, steel, refining and other oil and gas related activities. Being located in a moderately industrialized city with a good urban environment will definitely be a deciding factor for you while applying.
Infrastructure & Residing Options:
U of U has a picturesque campus spread over 1500 acres. There are two major libraries namely the J. Willard Marriott and S. J. Quinney library. There is a Presidents circle with a number of buildings named after previous college presidents. The primary student activity centre is the A. Ray Olpin University Union, and campus fitness centres include the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Complex (HPER) and the Nielsen Fieldhouse.
There are 32 buildings or dorms for on-campus residents. Off-campus living options are available which are close to places from where you can find transport to the university. As in most cases students prefer staying off-campus here as well. A single room would cost about $650 as monthly rent.
The weather at University of Utah (U of U) is really cold so much so that people come here for winter sports. There is bit of excessive snowing and sometimes you do find it difficult to move around. Also, it is reported that the weather is slightly sporadic. As a footnote, we would like to say that the 2002 Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City, this should give you SOME idea about the weather here.
- Chemical engineering
- Civil and Environmental engineering
- Electrical and Computer engineering
- Materials Science and engineering
- Mechanical engineering
Faculty & Pedagogy:
Another big plus point here at University of Utah is the faculty. Students across all disciplines have great things to say about their professors. All of them believe that the professors are well-read, deeply into research and easily approachable outside class to discuss various relevant issues like research and projects. Similarly positive reviews on the course curriculum and program flexibility have been obtained from students.
The tuition fee is approximately $600 per credit for graduate level engineering courses. It takes around 28 to 32 credits to complete the Masters degree. So, the total fee for the course is approximately $20,000 which is one of the cheapest in the country.
University of Utah being a public research university, there is every chance that a student with a decent above average profile can get some scholarship or assistantship.
Salt Lake City, the location of the university is an industrial city with a number of Fortune ranked organizations like Huntsmann Corporation, Sinclair Oil Corporation and organizations like eBay and Adobe having offices near and around. Keeping all these in mind and the fact that there are a number of career fairs in Utah, you shouldn’t be worrying too much about the placements.
Crowd & Campus Life:
The U of U crowd is varied with people from all walks of life. You’ll find a lot of girls around due to the fine arts and medical colleges being filled with them, but honestly don’t expect anyone to be drop-dead good looking. There’s a lot of fraternity based socializing in U of U.
Food wise there’s a lot of variety, you could choose on the basis of the size of your wallet or the demand of your taste buds. Nightlife isn’t really the best here; there are certain restrictions although smaller house parties and a few fraternity gatherings here-and-there are common. The alcohol people need not fear since the options are many and also pretty cheap.
- Simon Ramo – Father of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
- Robert Jarvik – Inventor of artificial heart
- John Warnock – Founder of Adobe Systems
University of Utah is definitely NOT in the top bracket as yet. However, there isn’t anything blatantly flawed in any aspect that we can see. The Games Development course deserves a special mention again, else keeping it as a safe option (for an above average profile) for any branch is our opinion.