Utah System of Higher Education

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Utah System of Higher Education
TypePublic University System
EstablishedMarch 21, 1969 (1969-03-21)
CommissionerDave R. Woolstenhulme
Students223,829 students (Fall 2021)[1]
Location, ,
United States
Campus16 campuses

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) is the public university system of the state of Utah. It includes each of the state's sixteen public institutions of higher education, including its eight technical colleges.


On March 21, 1969, the Utah State Legislature passed the Utah Higher Education Act of 1969, establishing the Utah System of Higher Education and its governing body, the State Board of Higher Education, to govern Utah's (at the time) nine institutions of higher learning, as well as administer the federal Higher Education Act of 1965.[2][3] The board was established with fifteen members, each being a citizen of the state. The system's first commissioner and executive officer was G. Homer Durham, the former president of Arizona State University.

In 1977, an amendment was passed to rename the board to the Utah State Board of Regents, as well as increase its membership to sixteen, with provisions for appointing of a student member. Subsequently, a 1981 amendment further increased this number to seventeen, with the seventeenth member being the Lieutenant Governor of Utah.[4]

Today, the board consists of eighteen Utah citizens, all of whom are appointed by the Governor of Utah. Two of those members are Student Board members, one from a degree-granting public institution of higher education and the other from a technical college. Each board member is appointed to six-year staggered term, with the exception of the student board members, who are appointed to one-year terms.[5] The Board oversees the establishment of policies and procedures, executive appointments, master planning, budget and finance, proposals for legislation, develops governmental relationships, and performs administrative unit and program approval for higher education for the State of Utah.

In 2020, the Utah System of Technical Colleges was subsumed into the USHE, with the Utah State Board of Regents being renamed to the Utah Board of Higher Education.[6]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Utah System of Higher Education locations.
Black pog.svg Black: Colleges and universities; Red pog.svg Red: Community colleges; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Technical colleges.

Public colleges and universities[edit]

Campus Location Founded Enrollment Endowment Athletics
Affiliation Nickname
Dixie State University* St. George 1911 11,193 $16.3 million (2019) NCAA Div I
Southern Utah University Cedar City 1897 11,224 $29.9 million (2019) NCAA Div I
Big Sky
University of Utah Salt Lake City 1850 32,818 $1.07 billion (2020) NCAA Div I
Utah State University Logan 1888 27,426 $427.4 million (2020) NCAA Div I
Mountain West
Utah Valley University Orem 1941 41,728 $39.8 million (2019) NCAA Div I
Weber State University Ogden 1889 26,681 $155.2 million (2020) NCAA Div I
Big Sky
  • As of July 2022, After unanimous recommendation from the board of regents from the Utah Board of Education, and a later vote by the Utah State Legislature, Dixie State will become known as Utah Tech University.

Community colleges[edit]

Technical colleges[edit]


  1. ^ "Institutional Data Resources: Headcount". Utah System of Higher Education. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  2. ^ "The State System of Higher Education". Policy No. 102 of 23 January 1997. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  3. ^ Newell, Jackson; Ueyama, Takeyuki. "Higher Education in Utah". Utah History Encyclopedia. Utah Education Network. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Utah State Board of Higher Education, Role Of". Policy No. 1-1 of 7 December 1983. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  5. ^ "About the Board". Utah System of Higher Education. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Resolution of Appreciation: Board of Regents". Resolution No. TAB K of 15 May 2020 (PDF). USHE Board of Regents. Retrieved 27 October 2021.

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