University Mission Statement

Park BuildingThe mission of the University of Utah is to serve the people of Utah and the world through the discovery, creation and application of knowledge; through the dissemination of knowledge by teaching, publication, artistic presentation and technology transfer; and through community engagement. As a preeminent research and teaching university with national and global reach, the University cultivates an academic environment in which the highest standards of intellectual integrity and scholarship are practiced. Students at the University learn from and collaborate with faculty who are at the forefront of their disciplines. The University faculty and staff are committed to helping students excel. We zealously preserve academic freedom, promote diversity and equal opportunity, and respect individual beliefs. We advance rigorous interdisciplinary inquiry, international involvement, and social responsibility.



In its role as teaching institution, the University of Utah offers instruction in baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs. Its colleges, graduate, and professional schools include architecture, business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, law, medicine, mines and earth sciences, nursing, pharmacy, science, social and behavioral science, and social work. The University commits itself to providing challenging instruction for all its students, from both Utah and other states and nations, and encourages interdisciplinary work and the integration of instruction and research opportunities. It expects and rewards superior teaching and academic excellence among its faculty. It seeks the broad and liberal education of all its students and their familiarity with a changing world.


research labIn its role as a research university, the University of Utah fosters the discovery and humane use of knowledge and artistic creation in all areas of academic, professional, and clinical study. In both basic and applied research, the University measures achievement against national and international standards. Rigorous assessment and review are central to advancing its research programs and creative activities, as are participation and leadership in national and international academic disciplines. The University also cooperates in research and creative activities with other agencies and institutions of higher education, with the community, and with private enterprise.


students on campusIn its role as contributor to public life, the University of Utah fosters reflection on the values and goals of society. The University augments its own programs and enriches the larger community with its libraries, hospitals, museums, botanical gardens, broadcast stations, public lectures, continuing education programs, alumni programs, athletics, recreational opportunities, music, theater, film, dance, and other cultural events. The University facilitates the application of research findings to the health and well-being of Utah’s citizens through programs and services available to the community. The University’s faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to contribute time and expertise to community and professional service, to national and international affairs and governance, and to matters of civic dialogue.