Weber State and Utah State University have earned spots on a list of 58 American universities with low tuition cost and high average starting pay for graduates.
WSU placed 17th and USU placed 35th on a ranked list created by the website www.affordablecollegesonline.org.
The site, which provides information about affordable college options, online and off, ranked colleges that listed an average graduate starting salary of more than $40,000, then ranked the schools by tuition cost.
WSU, with a 26,000 enrollment, earned its listing with $3,773 annual tuition and fees and a $45,500 average starting pay for graduates.
USU, with a 33,517 enrollment, was listed at $4,412 annual tuition and fees, and an average graduate starting pay of $41,500.
"We are very mindful of costs," said Michael Vaughan, Weber State's provost.
"And we do everything we can to spend funds prudently and to be good stewards of taxpayer and tuition dollars. The vast majority, more than 90 percent, of Weber State students find employment in the state of Utah after graduation.
"The fact they are able to find employment at attractive wages is an indication that Weber State is helping to meet the work force needs of Utah."
The website noted Weber State's small-class environment, research and community-service opportunities, more than 175 clubs, 16 NCAA teams, cultural offerings and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Tim Vitale, Utah State's executive marketing director, said the survey results confirm what he already knew.
"It provides one more example among the dozens of surveys showing us that Utah State University provides a high-quality education at a major research institution, at a price that is extremely affordable," he said.
"Our very mission as a land-grant institution is to provide access to a high-quality educational experience.
"The survey did not surprise us because of our strength, through time, as an institution, but it's nice to know more surveys show what we've known all along."
The site noted USU's prominent political, athletic and business alumni, its undergraduate research program, which USU says is the second-oldest in the country. Utah State has more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Other Mountain West universities named to the list include Idaho State (No. 15), University of Wyoming (23), University of Idaho (25), Metropolitan State College of Denver (34), and Boise State (40).