Salt Lake City has evolved from a small outpost in the Wild West into a thriving metropolis that boasts an excellent business climate, incredible natural beauty, world-class arts and entertainment opportunities, and a standard of living that can’t be beat anywhere in the United States. It is the capitol of the state of Utah, and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Nine distinct ski & snowboard resorts are nestled in the mountains above Salt Lake City, all within an hour’s drive of campus.
Southern Utah’s five national parks beckon for easy weekend outings. Starting off the day with a few runs in the powder—local resorts receive upwards of 500 inches of snow annually—or hitting the trails for a mountain bike ride after class is standard procedure here at the David Eccles School of Business.
While locals proudly proclaim Utah’s powder “the greatest snow on Earth,” that boast has nothing on some of the accolades that have come to the state because of its strong business environment and economy. The American Economic Development Institute named Utah the “No. 1 pro-business state” in the country, the first state west of the Mississippi River to earn that recognition from the nonpartisan think tank, which noted the state’s leadership in economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship. The same work ethic and spirit of innovation that helped Utah’s pioneers settle the West is now helping Utah’s economy thrive, and the students and faculty of the David Eccles School of Business are helping lead the way.
As the cultural hub of the Intermountain West, Salt Lake City pulses with a diverse music scene and dynamic nightlife throughout the year, along with theater, dance and opera. Our dining scene is especially delicious thanks in large part to a bounty of locally grown ingredients and a growing foodie community. The annual Sundance Film Festival, arguably the most important festival of its kind, is held each January in and around Salt Lake City, and professional sports teams fill stadiums and arenas for basketball, soccer, baseball, and hockey throughout the year.