About the School

The purpose of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is to be a career accelerator for our students and an engine of growth for our community, the state, the nation and the world. Our education is focused around our four pillars:

Ethical Leadership
Entrepreneurial Spirit
Analytical Rigor
Global Vision

With seven undergraduate degrees and six graduate degrees, Huntsman students have a variety of educational options within the field of business to study. The global vision of Huntsman students is expanded through the Study Abroad program which sends students to 20 countries, annually. The Huntsman School also sees its students intern in more than 15 countries every year.

Whether you’re an undergraduate who would like to learn how to start your own business or an executive who would like to expand your global connections while obtaining your graduate degree, there’s a place for you in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

Quick Facts

44 percent of Huntsman Students speak a language besides English

41 percent have lived outside of the US for more than three months

75 percent of students work 10+ hours a week while attending school

40 percent of students are highly interested in starting/owning their own business

72 percent of students provide volunteer service each week

Huntsman School History

During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, providing funding for the establishment of a new college in each state and territory. These schools were to promote higher education and practical learning to people of all classes and walks of life, especially rural life. In 1888, the Agricultural College of Utah was founded as the state's land-grant institution. It became Utah State University in 1957. View Utah State University’s history.

In 1889, the Agricultural College of Utah established its commercial department which saw its first graduates in 1894. It was named the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in 2007 after a generous gift was made to the business school from the Huntsman Foundation.

Timeline of the Huntsman School
  • 1888: USU is founded as the Agricultural College of Utah (UAC) on March 8. Two years later, 14-year-old Miss Vendla Berntson enrolls as the Agricultural College of Utah's first student.

  • 1894: The first eight students receive business degrees.

  • 1918: The business school becomes known as the School of Commerce and Business Administration.

  • 1957: Utah State Agricultural College becomes Utah State University. The School of Commerce and Business Administration becomes the College of Business and Social Sciences.

  • 1961: Led by future Hall of Famer and Huntsman School grad Merlin Olsen, the Utah State Aggie football team finishes at #10 in the nation, its highest year-end ranking.

  • 1970: The George S. Eccles Business Building is dedicated on May 8.

  • 1975: The university initiates its Undergraduate Research Program, making it the second oldest program in the nation, behind MIT.

  • 2007: The College of Business became the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business after receiving a generous donation from the Huntsman Foundation.

  • 2013: A groundbreaking ceremony signals the beginning of construction for Huntsman Hall, a 117,000 square foot student-centered facility that will provide 21 new classrooms and 21 new meeting rooms. Huntsman Hall will adjoin the existing Eccles Business Building, creating one business complex.