College Towns: Logan, Utah

Learn more about Logan, Utah -- Home of Utah State University.

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The Town: Logan, Utah

Eighty-two miles north of Salt Lake City is Logan, a moderately sized college town of 48,000 nestled in between the Cache Valley to the east and Bear River Mountains to the west. Logan Peak, 9,710 feet, looms in the distance.

Logan has a large community within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The Logan Utah Temple (the city’s official LDS Church) can be seen throughout the town, as it is perched atop the highest hill in the area.

There’s a host of outdoor activities that are readily available to Logan residents, including hiking in Logan Canyon and skiing in the nearby Beaver Mountain Ski Resort.

The School: Utah State

Originally founded as the state’s agriculture college, 21,000 undergraduates and 3,600 post-graduates make up the Utah State student body. Walk on campus and you’ll notice Old Main, the oldest building with a giant bell tower that chimes every 15 minutes. During special events, such as football wins or graduation, a giant “A” on the clock tower is lit.

Constructed with state-of-the-art architecture and technology, the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall is known to have some of the best acoustics of any venue in the United States.

To become a true Utah State “aggie,” you must kiss someone who is already a true aggie on the block “A” on campus.

What to Do

There’s a host of outdoor activities that are readily available to Logan residents, including hiking in Logan Canyon and skiing in the nearby Beaver Mountain Ski Resort. The Aggies Blue Bikes program allows students to rent a bike for up to an entire semester, free of charge.

Every Halloween, Utah State’s student government organizes The Howl, a campus-wide costume party with DJs, games, dancing and live bands.

Where to Eat and Drink

Aggie’s Ice Cream has been making homemade desserts as well as soups and sandwiches since 1888. But if you’re willing to drive a few miles outside of town, stop by Big J’s Pizza Villa in nearby Richmond, which was featured in the cult classic “Napoleon Dynamite.”

Did You Know?

Old Main was used as a hospital during the deadly influenza outbreak following World War I.

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