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Living in Utah

Ten Reasons to do Graduate Studies in Utah

1. World-class research

Utah is recognized as a leader in many areas of molecular and cellular biology. For example, gene mapping and gene knockout/replacement were both developed here, making Utah a center for gene discovery and functional analysis. Bioscience faculty member, Mario Cappecchi won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his work in knockout mice in 2007.

2. Diverse graduate students

We do world class research because we have a great community of students, post-docs, and faculty, each with a diverse background. Over 450 students have received the PhD degree in the two programs since their inception in 1987 (Molecular Biology) and 1991 (Biological Chemistry).

3. Superb graduate training

Utah faculty show their commitment to graduate training through both teaching and mentorship. Students are offered excellent core courses and advanced courses that cover a broad range of disciplines. Faculty also serve on advisory committees that monitor student progress and help promote the student to graduation.  Moreover, because of the highly collaborative nature of the science community at the University of Utah, students have many opportunities for truly interdisciplinary training. 

4. Interactive academic environment

There are many formalized interactions between students lab groups and departments including journal clubs, specialized research interest groups, seminar series, all of which provide venues for collaboration and brainstorming.

5. Resources

Utah is consistently ranked as one of the best-funded public research Universities in the country.  Utah has exceptional core facilities that can make a big difference in students progress, including DNA sequencing, oligo synthesis, DNA microarray, microscopy, protein-interaction, flow cytometry, metabolomics, bioinformatics and biostatistics.

6. Free public transportation

Students can ride public transportation for free with their student IDs.  A wide network of transit options make transportation throughout Salt Lake City County an easy place to navigate.

7. Best snow on earth

Powder to the people! Seven world-class ski resorts are within 30 minutes of the University, nestled in the Wasatch Mountain canyons.  Ski buses provide easy access to several resorts.

8. Mountain biking and hiking

Utah is a great place for slickrock biking and hiking, and the state has hundreds of miles of trails through mountains, canyons, and deserts. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a 5 minute walk from campus.  Utah is home to Monument Valley, Lake Powell, and five spectacular National Parks, more than any other state: Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Zion. An array of canyon roads offer wonderful opportunities for canyon cycling.

9. Cultural activities

Salt Lake City has a nationally-recognized symphony, dance companies, theater, and Utah Jazz basketball. The internationally renowned Sundance Film Festival occurs annually in Park City. Various cultural festivals throughout the year offer inexpensive opportunities to enjoy food, entertainment, and art.

10. Great lifestyle

Salt Lake City has a very reasonable cost of living, and has been rated the Most Desirable Place to Live by many prominent magazines. 




University of Utah Sports

*Students get into most sporting events for free


Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball




MUSS - student fan group

Utah professional teams

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Intramural sports


Beehive Sports

Student Life Center - free gym, indoor soccer, rock wall, student trips, discounted fitness classes

University of Utah Fitness Program

Peak Health and Fitness








Hot Springs









Geode hunting

Fossil beds

Bonneville salt flats

Hunting, shooting & archery

*Rentals available at Student Life Center

Food and Nightlife




Last Updated: 11/30/17