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Introduction to Utah State University

Utah State University

The academic advantages of a large university, together with the friendliness of a small college, are offered at Utah State University. With a student body of more than 25,000, USU recognizes that the needs of the individual are of major importance, and many programs have been established to give the student optimal individual attention.

With 42 departments in eight academic colleges, more than 200 undergraduate options, a School of Graduate Studies, a system of Regional Campuses and Distance Education, University Extension, and several research programs, Utah State University offers an excellent opportunity for students to study a wide range of subjects.

New programs offered through Regional Campuses and Distance Education have dramatically increased. More than 26 bachelor’s degrees and 18 graduate degrees are currently available through USU’s regional campuses in Brigham City, Tooele, and the Uintah Basin. USU-Eastern has strengthened higher education in the eastern corridor of the state and extend critical research programs to the region, particularly in energy, water and environmental management.

USU was founded in 1888 as part of the public educational system of Utah and operates under the constitution and laws of the state. It belongs to the family of institutions known as land-grant universities, which had their origin in 1862. The institution was originally called the Agricultural College of Utah, later becoming Utah State Agricultural College. The state legislature designated the name change to Utah State University in 1957.

An 18-member State Board of Regents governs the Utah System of Higher Education. This board has the responsibility for state-wide master planning for higher education, assignment of roles to the several institutions in the state system, and control of operating and capital budgets for the institutions. USU has a 11-member Board of Trustees whose responsibilities are derived from Utah statutes, as well as those delegated to the Trustees by the State Board of Regents.

USU is governed by the Utah State Board of Regents and accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Accrediting Board of Engineering and Technology; American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; American Association of Museums; American Chemistry Society; American Music Therapy Association; American Political Science Association; American Psychological Association; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; AACSB International – The Association to Advance College Schools of Business; Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education; Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education; Commission on English Language Program Accreditation; Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service; Council on Aviation Accreditation for Aviation Technology; Council for Interior Design Accreditation; Council of Social Work Educators; Council on Rehabilitation Education; Council on the Education of the Deaf; Institute of Food Technologists; Landscape Architecture and Accreditation Board; National Association of School Psychologists; National Association of Schools of Music; National Association of Schools of Theater; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; National Council on Family Relations; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission; National Recreation and Park Association; Society of American Foresters; Society of Range Management; Teaching Education Accreditation Council; Utah State Office of Education; Utah State Board of Education – Teacher Education Program; Utah State Board of Vocational Education; US Army; and Air University (USAF).