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Insight: University of Utah casts immense economic and societal footprint in Utah

By: Andrea Brandley and Juliette Tennert

When one considers a university, the initial benefits that come to mind include those resulting from students receiving a college education. These benefits are vast on both an individual and a societal level including increased earnings, increased economic mobility, healthier lifestyles, decreased crime, increased volunteerism, increased voter participation, reduced reliance on public assistance, and reduced poverty rate. However, universities can contribute to a society in many diverse ways.[i]

As Utah’s flagship university, the University of Utah casts an immense economic and societal footprint on the state of Utah. Founded in 1850, the University of Utah extends over 1,500 acres in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range. Located in Salt Lake City, the state’s capital, the U conducts and provides world-class research, education, and clinical care. The combination of a comprehensive research university and an academic medical center creates a rare environment that offers major contributions to the state and beyond.

New reports from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute show The University of Utah, including