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Whether you’re a resident of Utah or a non-resident interested in earning your degree from one of Utah’s online colleges, we’ve got everything you need to get started. We review state trends in higher education funding and tuition, as well as the state’s online education landscape, looking at enrollment figures and info on education consortiums and initiatives to advance distance learning in the state.

Following this section, we’ve ranked Utah’s online colleges and universities by affordability. Each school is fully accredited and offers at least one fully-online degree program. Compare program options, tuition rates and distance learning formats by expanding the overviews below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, scroll to our program search tool, which allows you to browse our entire directory of online colleges nationwide.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find a full list of resources offered to college students in Utah. We’ve compiled the best scholarships, state boards, educational non-profits and college savings programs. Bear in mind that online students who attend an accredited college or university full-time within Utah qualify for the same programs and benefits as their campus-based peers.

Postsecondary Education in Utah

The number of Title IV postsecondary institutions in Utah has grown rapidly, having expanded from 52 in 2003 to 70 in 2010.

Utah increased state spending per student a respectable 7.7% last year, putting them on the higher end of the national average.

Average tuition at private 4 year institutions in Utah is the lowest in the country at an astonishing $6,198, over $22,000 less than the national average.

Utah is among the bottom 15 states for graduation rates, with 20% of students finishing in 4 years.

Online Education in Utah

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 22% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Utah (62,089 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 81.6% of those students were undergraduates
  • 20.3% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 66.6% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 7.7% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 24.8% were living in Utah
  • 74.4% were living elsewhere in the United States

Over 20 years ago, the Utah state legislature established the Utah Education Network with the purpose of coordinating telecommunications technology among higher education and K-12 institutions. This network has played an integral role in ensuring Utah is on the frontline of technological innovation in education.

A recent research paper praised Utah’s innovative use of technology in distance education as a vital part of reaching the state’s Big Goal: to have 66% of the population hold a postsecondary certificate or degree by 2020.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in Utah

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Utah, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.


We use data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Every ranked school offers a range of programs that can be completed fully online. Schools with narrow program offerings were not included. Tuition rates reflect the annual cost of enrolling full-time in state. Rates are pulled directly from the schools' websites or from IPEDS. Unless otherwise stated, these figures do not include program-specific fees. If schools do not share a general tuition rate, we provide the institution's quoted rate for a bachelor's degree in liberal arts or estimate a full-time annual course load of 24 credits. When tuition rates were equal, schools that reported higher rates of aid ranked higher.

Utah State University

Utah State University

An Online Education at Utah State University

USU Online offers three styles of online courses. Semester-based courses follow the format of traditional, on-campus courses, while condensed online courses follow a 4- or 7-week format requiring daily logins. Open entry courses let students start whenever they like, so long as it's at least 4 weeks before the end of the term.

The course management system Canvas is used to deliver USU’s distance courses. Student Success Webinars have been designed to give online students the ability to make the most of the virtual experience, in addition to a Distance Education Orientation for those new to online learning. Instructors and students primarily interact via email and discussion boards on the Canvas platform, which is also where students submit homework, find assigned readings and collaborate with classmates on group projects.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Family Life Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

It is suggested that undergraduate students with a fully online course load take no more than three classes per semester, totaling 12 to 15 credits, as every credit hour of online coursework necessitates three hours of offline study.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Agriculture Systems Technology
  • Master of Education in Career and Technical Education
  • Master of Natural Resources
  • Master of Technical Communication
  • Master of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

Online resources such as eTutoring, Banner, a proctor system, AggieMail, online advising, IT service desk and on-campus Little Aggies Childcare serve students throughout the duration of their course or program. In addition, professional education licenses, endorsements, certificates and minors can be taken fully online through USU.

Contact Information

Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-1400
(435) 797-1000

Acclaim for online programs

  • #13 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #13 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University
Cedar City

An Online Education at Southern Utah University

Once registered, SUU online students are granted access to the Canvas learning management system, through which they communicate with their instructors and classmates, submit assignments, take part in discussion threads, receive feedback from professors and take tests. A Canvas Orientation as well as an Online Help Center aim to prepare students for the online environment and troubleshoot any technological issues that may arise. On Canvas, students will find their course syllabus, and a list of asynchronous modules with a significant amount of reading tasks.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies

Students entering the undergraduate program are required to have 60 credits from an accredited institution prior to declaring a major. Currently, two undergraduate degrees, in accountancy and management, are under construction for online delivery. An online associate program in paralegal studies is also offered online.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Arts in Arts Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Professional Communication
  • Master of Science in Sports Conditioning and Performance

Hybrid or blended courses with significant online components can be searched and registered for through the Banner Course Catalog. Applicants should note that the sports conditioning and performance program requires students to attend three intensive summer courses containing 1- to 2-week long on-campus clinical workshops.

Contact Information

351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, UT 84720
(435) 586-7700

Acclaim for online programs

  • #81 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Program (Excluding MBA)

Western Governors University

Western Governors University
Salt Lake City

An Online Education at Western Governors University

WGU’s competency-based curriculum enables its students to focus on the gaps in their education to earn a degree. Each student designs their own personal degree plan that acknowledges previous learning and experiences, saving a great deal of time and money. Successful completion of timed and proctored exams permit students to move on to the next course without spending time on material they already know. Remote forms of assessment, such as research papers or presentations, are submitted for evaluation through TaskStream.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Software Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Prelicensure)
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Management and Leadership
  • Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
  • Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration

As the virtual classroom, the MyWGU Portal provides access to all course materials and tools. Online degrees at WGU can be earned up to 30% faster than a traditional degree, depending on how many credits a student can garner from previous life and work experience. One-on-one support from faculty and from student mentors helps to ensure online students feel continually connected and involved in the online learning community.

Contact Information

4001 East 700 South, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
(801) 274-3280

Weber State University

Weber State University

An Online Education at Weber State University

Student-centered online courses are delivered through the learning management system known as Canvas. A student demo course demonstrates how to navigate through the online syllabi, course modules, assignments and quizzes. WSU offers two styles of online courses: semester-based and self-paced. Semester-based courses are taught in an interactive, web-based format, starting and ending in conjunction with traditional semesters. Self-paced courses allow students to enroll at any time, so long as they complete the course within six months.

Support in the form of student advising, technical help, canvas tutorials, faculty training and professional development are accessible to students at any time.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Sales
  • Bachelor of Integrated Studies

Students should note that the professional sales program, the only four-year professional sales program in the western U.S., does require a one-time, three-day visit to campus. Any lab components of the online medical degrees can be completed concurrently with the course, at the laboratory in which the student is employed. Associate programs and certificates in the field of health and general studies are also offered online for those wishing to quickly advance their careers or professional skills.

Contact Information

3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT 84408-1137
(801) 626-6000

Acclaim for online programs

  • Ranked on as a Best Buy Online Bachelors in Health Care

Scholarships and Financial Aid in Utah

Alumni Association Achievement Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

Provided by the University of Utah Alumni Association, the Achievement Scholarship is offered in conjunction with the Founders Day Scholarship. It is open to current undergraduate students who have overcome challenging circumstances and have served the University of Utah and the community. Multiple awards of $5,000 are available.

Alumni Association Non-Resident Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen

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Scholarship Amount $5,900 See Scholarship

This scholarship is available to out-of-state freshmen entering the University of Utah. To be eligible, students must be the child or grandchild of a University of Utah alumnus/alumna. Selection is based on academic merit and financial need. The award totals $5,900 per year for 4 years.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by the University of Utah’s Alumni Association. It is available to entering freshmen and currently enrolled students whose parent or grandparent graduated from the university and is a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association.

Beehive Honor Legacy Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

The Beehive Honor Society Legacy Scholarship is available to current students at the University of Utah. Applicants may be A) a Beehive Honor Society member; or B) the child or grandchild of a Beehive Honor Society member.

Beehive Honor Society Undergraduate Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is available to current undergraduates at the University of Utah. Students of any class standing may apply. Selection is based on academic merit and financial need. The award is $2,000 per year.

Josephine Beam Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

Provided by the University of Utah for engineering students enrolled in the College of Engineering and the College of Mines. Priority is given to applicant with highest financial need and competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students of any class standing may apply. The maximum award is $2,000.

Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)

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Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

This grant is available to undergraduate students attending a college or university in Utah. The grant is administered by the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority. However, individual universities are in charge of setting award amounts and distributing funds. Interested students should check with their school’s financial aid office for application details.

President’s Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount $35,000 See Scholarship

Weber State University Presidential Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

Weber State University offers the Presidential-Aletheia Scholarship to incoming freshmen who are residents of Utah. Recipients are selected based on academic excellence, which is measured by high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees for 4 years.

Youth Activist Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah offers multiple scholarships to high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to civil liberties through activism that addresses issues including equality, racial justice, free speech, and religious freedom. Applicants must be Utah residents. Other requirements include a GPA of 3.0+, and financial need.

Higher Education Resources in Utah