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Student Success

Why choose the University of Utah? Not all degrees are created equal. When you choose the U, you're earning a degree from a top-notch school with a highly rated return on investment. Talk about value!

Have you ever wondered what you'll do AFTER you've earned your degree? Visit our Career Services site to learn more about who is hiring U graduates.

Whether it's the sciences, medicine, the arts or technology, our graduates go on to do great things. Here's just a sampling:


Sarah Shippobatham

Up Close and Personal with Orcs and Dwarves

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Sarah Shippobatham, professor in theatre, spent eight months in New Zealand on the set of The Hobbit. Sarah coached actors and actresses in several British accents as well as the fictional languages of Dwarvish, Elvish, and Black Speech. She now returns to the U to coach her students. Read more about her experience and about the U's outstanding Theatre Department.

Matt Boerke

Improving Sustainability

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Matt Boerke is a second-year MBA student who is passionate about sustainability. During a summer internship with the Office of Sustainability, he found numerous ways to improve the use of paper, cleaning products, and computers that are now being implemented on campus. Matt is another example of how students a the U are actively pursuing their vision of the future and making things happen.

Debra Brown

U Law Students Help Prove Woman's Innocence

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Students at the S.J. Quinney College of Law don't just study law, they experience it. By volunteering at the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center to research the case of Debra Brown, a woman convicted of murder in 1995, students were able to help prove her innocence. Now Debra Brown is a free woman, and the students that researched her case have gained valuable real-world experience.

Architecture Students: Have Project, Will Travel

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Each semester, Architecture + Planning students are given theoretical projects to design. In this instance, they were taken to the site of where the theoretical project would be -- Ground Zero, New York City. Students were charged with designing the Joyce Theater and given six weeks to do so. During that time, they met with the director of the real Joyce Theatre, the main designers of the Ground Zero Memorial and with the project manager of Tower One.

Florian Solbacher

U Electrical Engineer Turns Brain Implant Research into Products

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Florian Solbacher, an engineering professor at the U, is developing neural interface technology. That's right—technology that transmits brain activity to a computer. This technology is on the cutting edge of developments for prosthetic limbs, nervous system disorders, and countless other fields. The advances being made have attracted startups Blackrock Microsystems and Blackrock NeuroMed, that have built a brand-new $11 million facility in the University's Research Park.


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Student Services

Just because the U is a big school does not mean you have to fend for yourself. The University has many people and offices whose primary role is to assist students during their U college career. Often times, our most successful students are those who choose to take advantage of the resources available on campus. Here’s just a smattering of offices and resources that are here to help:

Last Updated: 6/8/20