The University of Utah was established in 1850 and is the state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education. Salt Lake City is the home of the University and is consistently rated among the best places to live by Places Rated Almanac. The University is a major research institution and offers the BA, BM, MA, MM, DMA, and PhD music degrees with programs in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, music technology, music theory, musicology, and performance. The School of Music is one of six academic units in the College of Fine Arts. Its excellent facilities accommodate over 375 majors and 90 faculty members.