USU Among Nation's Elite in 2018

With the 2018 fall semester now in session, the Utah State University campus is buzzing with activity from the busy lecture halls all the way to the campus Quad. And with the 2018 College Rankings from Washington Monthly freshly in hand, the students at USU are going to school ranked as one of the top 30 national universities. USU was ranked as the 5th best public national university in the nation, No. 12 overall, in Washington Monthly’s 2018 College Rankings. 

Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contributions to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and doctorate programs) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

In the Washington Monthly rankings, USU is in company with the likes of Stanford University, Princeton University and Yale University. 

“Utah State University continues to be a leading institution known for our quality discovery, learning and outreach opportunities,” said USU President Noelle Cockett. “These rankings showcase our strengths, particularly in the area of service that resonates in the rankings criteria. While our students are taking full advantage of the many academic offerings our institution provides, they are also dedicating themselves to service outside of the classroom to the betterment of society.”

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As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, the university prides itself in providing a high-quality education at an affordable price. And as the state’s land-grant university, USU extends opportunities to students across the state, both through its main campus in Logan, and through a system of regional campuses that includes USU Eastern, Price.

Utah State University is a dynamic, thriving and diverse institution with nine colleges and schools including the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Caine College of the Arts, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, College of Science and the School of Graduate Studies. 

“I am very excited to see Utah State University being accorded the appropriate respect we deserve for our dedication to the land-grant mission of access and ultimately, success for our students and graduates,” said USU Executive Vice President and Provost Francis Galey. “Our student body comes from all walks of life, and our mission of learning, discovery and engagement allows all of our students and faculty to have a high-quality experience as we all join for this important educational journey.”  

While the Washington Monthly ranking is impressive by itself, the university and its community have also garnered attention on several other national lists during the past few months including:  


•    #1 “Best School of 2017” in the nation (
•    #7 highest-ranked public university in the country with the lowest tuition in “America’s Top Colleges” for 2018 (Forbes)
•    #6 in the nation among Colleges of Education for total research dollars received by a college, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services (U.S. News and World Report,  America's Best Graduate Schools, 2018 edition)
•    #5 “Best Online Bachelor’s Program” in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, Jan. 2018)
•    #5 “Best Online Graduate Education Program” in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, Jan. 2018)
•    #4 “Bachelor’s Program for Veterans” in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, Jan. 2018)

•    One of the “Top 10 Small Town Colleges 2018” (Best Value

Writer and Contact: Maren Aller, 435-797-1355,

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