University of Utah and Westminster College

University of Utah area /neighborhood sits directly below the school. The school is referred to by locals as ‘The U’ or ‘The U of U’ and it is the arch rival of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in athletic competitions. The U is one of ten institutions that make up the Utah System of Higher Education and Utah's premier research school currently {as of late 2008} enrolls 21,526 undergraduate and 6,684 graduate students and has 1,500+ full time faculty members. Of the more than 3,500 colleges and universities in the United States, the University of Utah is one of only eighty-eight that are classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as Research I universities; i.e., those which offer a full range of undergraduate programs, are committed to graduate education, and give research high priority.
Originally established February 28, 1850 by Latter-day Saint leader Brigham Young who appointed Orson Spencer as the first president, it was initially named "University of Deseret". The school closed two years later for financial reasons and because of a lack of "feeder" schools. It reopened as a commercial school in 1867 under the direction of David O. Calder, a prominent Salt Lake City businessman and associate of Mormon leader Brigham Young. The University was renamed University of Utah in 1894 and classes were first held on the present campus approximately two miles directly east of downtown Salt Lake City in 1900. Portions of the present campus are located on grounds formerly belonging to the U.S. Army's Fort Douglas. The fort was officially closed on October 26, 1991, and although a small part of it remains as an Army Reserve post, the majority of its territory is now owned by the university, and occupied by student residences. It also has a very small and extremely historic cemetery with graves from the Civil War era and buried soldiers from a U.S./Utah Nazi prisoner of war camp.
    The university offers seventy-six undergraduate majors, over fifty-five minors and certificates and ninety-six major fields of studies at the graduate level. It draws its 30,000-plus student population from all fifty states and 111 foreign countries. The university, one of the state’s largest employers, has the only medical, social work, and architecture schools in a multi-state area. There are four hospital/ research centers in or surrounding the campus: Primary Childrens Hospital, the University of Utah Hospital, Shriners Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
    The U of U also has the amazing Red Butte Garden built in a canyon at the southeast part of campus. This green space has a variety of ecosystems and natural planting and is the place for the summer concert series each year. Locals love the outside music venue because of the great acts (Bonnie Raitt, The Indigo Girls, Taj Mahal, Lyle Lovett and more) and because you can sit on the lawns and eat your own picnic you brought washed down by your own boozy beverages.


Westminster Collegeis a private liberal arts college located in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. The college comprises four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. It is the only accredited liberal arts college in the state of Utah. The school was founded in 1875 as the Salt Lake Collegiate Institute, a prep school under the supervision of the First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City.  At that time, members of many Protestant Christian denominations flocked to Salt Lake City in order to try to convert people who belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Westminster is the only remaining vestige of a trend in the late 1800s in which the Protestants set up private primary and secondary schools and offered free tuition to children in order to try to convert them from Mormonism.  College level classes were first offered in 1897 as Sheldon Jackson College. It was given that name after a Presbyterian minister and its primary benefactor, Sheldon Jackson. High school level classes ceased to be offered in 1945. Westminster severed its ties to the Presbyterian church in 1974. The college changed its name to "Westminster College" in 1902 to better reflect a more general Protestant education. The name is derived from the Westminster Confession of Faith, a Presbyterian confession of faith, which, in turn, was named for a London suburb where it was devised. Today, students from all religious persuasions (or none) are welcome and the school has not been affiliated with the Presbyterian Church since the church itself divested itself of all schools in the 1970’s. Westminster College is the only private, non-denominational, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah and one of the very few in the Intermountain West. A student-faculty ratio of 11:1 fosters a level of personal attention seldom found at other institutions. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Westminster in the top tier of colleges and universities in the Western U.S. for ten consecutive years, and ranks Westminster as one of the top three educational values in the region. Peterson's Guide to Competitive Colleges includes Westminster College in the top 10 percent of 3,600 public and private colleges and universities nationwide. Westminster College is the only college selected from Utah to be included in Colleges of Distinction, for excellence in engaging students, offering great teaching, providing a vibrant campus community, and resulting in successful outcomes for our students.The Princeton Review included Westminster College in its annual guide of "The 368 Best Colleges" for 2008.
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