Photo by Emily Jeppson, taken at the Badlands of central Utah

IMAGINE NEW HEIGHTS The climb is on as the U launches a new capital campaign.

Private philanthropy has always been central to the University of Utah’s story line and our ability to deliver on our mission at the highest levels. Today we’re stronger than ever, by all measures, from student achievement and graduation rates to health outcomes and patient satisfaction, and from scientific breakthroughs and new business start-ups to the performing stage and the playing field.

“There is a palpable excitement about the university’s future,” says Fred Esplin MA’74, longtime vice president for Institutional Advancement at the U. “It’s the perfect time to ensure that we have a solid foundation to better serve our students, the state, and the nation.”

It is in this spirit that the U celebrated the public launch of “Imagine New Heights” in September. Funds raised during this comprehensive campaign, which began in 2014 and is slated to run through 2022, will enable the U to accelerate its upward trajectory in the following five key areas:


Enhance our exceptional student experience by offering additional scholarships, investing in real-world experiences that enrich learning, and supporting student success initiatives


Lead biomedical discovery and transform health care by revitalizing our health sciences campus, pioneering a new era of precision medicine, and training the health care leaders of the future


Elevate research and engineer innovative solutions by creating new endowed chairs and professorships, establishing undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships in STEM disciplines, and expanding research and sustainability programs


Enrich the arts, culture, and the human experience by creating learning and performance spaces for students in the arts, establishing endowed professorships and chairs in the arts and humanities, and supporting the cultural venues and organizations on our campus


Foster healthy, resilient, and inclusive communities by supporting university-community partnerships, expanding programs that advance diversity and inclusion, and investing in our student-athletes and sports facilities

Every day, thousands of students, faculty, staff, researchers, and health care providers work to imagine new heights and to make the University of Utah the University for Utah. The following pages are a sampling of these remarkable stories.

Our mindset is simple. And powerful. Imagine. Then Do.

$1.07 billion

committed to date

$111 million

donated by U alumni


alumni classes that have given


gifts recorded


gifts of less than $100

(July 2014 – October 2018)

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