The U Effect

The benefits of getting a college degree are immense. It leads to increased earnings, economic mobility, healthier lifestyles, volunteerism, even voter participation. But what about beyond the individual benefits? Researchers at the U’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute looked past the basics and quantified the impact of having a Tier 1 research institution right here in Utah. Not surprisingly, they found that the U has an enormous economic and societal impact on the entire state, making it one of Utah’s largest and most important economic assets. Here are just a few highlights.

All facts and figures are from FY 2019, unless otherwise noted. Sources: Economic Contribution of the University of Utah and Economic Contribution of University of Utah Health, May 2020.

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