Plain and simple, people who have been to Utah State University love it. Just ask them. No other place provides the complete package quite like USU: top-notch academics, nationally recognized research, Division I athletics, and more than 200 student clubs and organizations, all on the oldest residential campus in the state.
And the mountains. USU is just 15 minutes from two mountain ranges and within a half day's drive of six national parks, including Yellowstone. It's big-school opportunities with a small-school feel, and it's all for a great value.
In fact, USU is the #1 public university in the West (and top five in the nation) for lowest tuition on Forbes' list of America's Best College Buys (2011).