Living on Campus
There's no better way to experience all Utah State offers than by making it your home. Students who live on campus are just minutes from class and are the first to learn about activities and events. Studies have shown that students who live on campus typically have better grades, are more likely to graduate, and are more satisfied with their college experience.
And it's convenient. All on-campus housing facilities include utilities, cable TV, and wireless Internet access. Depending on the location, other services provided include laundry rooms, computer labs, common rooms with big-screen TVs, private exercise facilities, covered parking, a volleyball court, and more.
It will always be easy to walk home after late-night study sessions, grab a no-prep meal, work out before class, and find something to do during a break.
USU's on-campus housing options include traditional, apartment, and suit styles. It also offers areas dedicated to graduate students and married students. Theme housing options are available for students who want to live with people who share their interests and participate in related activities. Themes range from outdoor adventures and leadership to major-related themes, such as elementary education and engineering.
In addition to open-access computers and nearly 50 computer kiosks across campus, USU has 12 computer labs. All are free to use and have a variety of software for students studying anything from graphic design to statistics and everything in between. Additionally, students can check out laptops from the Merrill-Cazier library or reserve a study room with a big-screen, wall-mounted monitor – perfect for group projects.
Aggie basketball is nationally recognized for its intense fan base. While attending basketball games is one of the most popular events on campus, there are plenty of other things to do. USU has 15 additional varsity teams, open tennis courts, an art museum, several live performance theaters, and has traditions like True Aggie Night, where USU once held the world record for the most couples kissing at the same time.
A daily walk through the Taggart Student Center lets students know what activities are approaching. It's also a one-stop-shop for getting involved on campus. Students come here to learn about clubs, organizations, service opportunities, and student government. This is also where the biggest campus parties are held, including Mardi Gras, the Homecoming dance, and the Howl, the state's largest Halloween party.
Dedicated in 2006, USU's main library, Merrill-Cazier, ranked #1 in the nation in the Smart Classroom Category, just above Harvard's. One of its most well-known features is its BARN (Borrower's Automated Retrieval Network). This Monster's Inc.-style book retrieval system locates requested materials among the 1.5 million volumes and speeds them to patrons at a rate of 3.7 miles per hour.
Whether you prefer organized exercise classes or playing sports to stay in shape, USU has it all. It offers nearly 200 physical education classes, including ultimate Frisbee, karate, billiards, snowboarding, hiking, and more — all for credit. USU also organizes intramurals, club sports, outdoor trips, and offers discount equipment rentals. Additionally, exercise facilities include swimming pools, a student’s-only fitness center, dance studios, and more.
USU operates the Aggie Shuttle system, with stops around campus and nearby housing every five minutes. It runs almost entirely on natural gas and is the state's only alternative-fuel bus system in higher education. Students can view the location of each bus online in real time. Beyond campus, Logan offers a free city-wide bus system that travels to campus, grocery stores, hospitals, downtown, and throughout the valley.
Meal plans aren't just for students who live on campus. Anyone can buy a meal plan with anywhere from seven to an unlimited number of meals each week. In addition to the two buffet-style eateries, USU has a variety of dining options across campus, including a food court in the student center, a full-service restaurant overlooking campus, and, of course, famous Aggie Ice Cream, which also sells sandwiches, cheese, and milk from USU's dairy.