Options for denied
undergraduate applicants

I've been denied - now what?

Being denied doesn't always mean the end of your University of Utah dream. While you may not be admissible now, there are options to strengthen your chances in the future. Review the list below to see if any of the possibilities pertain to you:

  • For freshman applicants
    • Retake the ACT/SAT. We will review your file using the higher score when you reapply for a future term.
    • Attend another regionally accredited college or university and reapply to the U once you have completed 30 semester hours. Learn more about transfer admission requirements here.
  • For transfer applicants
    • Check your current school's policy to see if you can retake any of the courses with low grades This is the quickest way to raise your GPA. Note: we do not honor academic renewal at other universities.
    • If you haven't already done so, earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Art from a regionally accredited school.
    • Continue attending another college until you raise your cumulative GPA. Learn more about transfer admission requirements here.

Can I appeal?

Keep in mind that your file has already received a thorough review and you were expected to present everything of significance in your initial admission application. However, if there is new and compelling information since your initial application, you have the option to appeal the deny decision. Additionally, all appeals will be reviewed by potential Sponsoring Departments and applicants are encouraged to review these departments' requirements because "fit" will be considered as well as what is provided by the applicant.

What is required for an appeal?

  1. A completed Appeal of the Denial Form (PDF). 
  2. Selection of Sponsoring Department(s). Sponsoring Departments have agreed to academically support students during their first year of college. If a department is not willing to sponsor you, you cannot be admitted on appeal. When choosing a Sponsoring Department, the applicant must review and understand the requirements for that Department as they will be asked why they are a good fit for the department on the Appeal of Denial Form. Applicants must choose at least one, but no more than three, Sponsoring Departments.
  3. Two completed Letter of Recommendation forms. These forms must be from someone who is familiar with your academic potential, preferably a former or current teacher or professor. Letters from family members or friends will not be considered.
  4. Optional: supporting documentation to substantiate new and compelling information. Examples include an updated transcript, doctor's note, or verification of extenuating circumstances.

Sponsoring Departments

The University has an interest in ensuring that students have the necessary skills and support to be academically successful. A Sponsoring Department may support their students through academic programs, seminars, advising or other programming to help encourage academic success. The Office of Admissions will collaborate with the applicant's selected department(s) to determine if sponsorship is appropriate. If a student's appeal is approved, his/her offer of admission will be contingent upon participation in the requirements determined by their Sponsoring Department, otherwise the admissions offer may be rescinded. Listing a Sponsoring Department(s) on the Appeal of the Denial Form does not guarantee that the appeal will be approved or that the sponsoring department has space available in their program.

Carefully review the list of sponsoring departments to see if you qualify for their program and have interest in participating. Only those departments listed below have agreed to sponsor students.

Academic & Support Departments 

American Indian Resource Center

Army ROTC

Visit the Army ROTC website.

Art & Art History

The Sponsored Student Program through the College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts (CFA) sponsors students who intend to study in one of its six units, of which Art & Art History is one. Learn more on the CFA site.

Ballet (by audition only)

The Sponsored Student Program through the College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts (CFA) sponsors students who intend to study in one of its six units, of which Ballet is one.

If you are interested in being sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, please note that the Ballet program requires an audition. Before you can be sponsored, you must first audition for and be accepted to the major. Learn more on the CFA site.

The Center for Disability Services

The Center for Disability Services (CDS) is dedicated to students with disabilities by providing the opportunity for success and equal access at the University of Utah. CDS considers sponsorship of students who may qualify as a student with disability and benefit from our services.

College of Engineering

For Students Majoring in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, School of Computing

If you have been denied admissions to University of Utah, you are allowed to appeal this decision and request sponsorship from a participating department. You can request sponsorship from up to three Sponsoring Departments and your selection should be based on a whether or not the program, major, or department is a good fit for you. The Office of Admissions then collaborates with the selected Sponsoring Departments to determine if sponsorship is an appropriate option for you at this time.

The College of Engineering (COE) sponsors students who intend to study in one of its seven units: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, School of Computing. If you are sponsored by the College of Engineering, you must adhere to our Sponsored Student Program Requirements and enroll in specific courses for each major.

Sponsored students in the College of Engineering will participate in the COE Sponsored Student Program, designed to help you navigate the University of Utah and realize your goal to graduate. We also hope to illustrate, from the very start of your college career, that the College of Engineering is genuinely interested in your success. We know the transition to college is new and exciting but it can also be filled with unexpected obstacles and surprises. We also know that this journey can be made easier when you have a solid network of support and services. The COE Sponsored Student Program was specifically created to help you achieve your academic goals. Some of the benefits you will receive from participating in our program are:

  • Frequent meetings with an academic advisor who can help you with your short and long term goals
  • Free tutoring for Engineering, Science and Math courses
  • Strategies for college success
  • Advice from current U of U students
  • Access to campus resources
For more information about program requirements and FAQs, please view this pdf.

College of Social Work

When requesting sponsorship from the College of Social Work, it is important that your decision is based on whether or not our department is a good fit for you. Our decision to sponsor you will take into consideration whether you are a good fit within our department. We are only interested in students wanting to major within Social Work. The College of Social Work works with social institutions to develop policies, services, and interventions; to prevent an alleviate human suffering; to enhance individual, community and global well-being; and to promote social and economic justice for all. Typically, the College of Social Work is interested in sponsoring students who have completed their associates degree and are seeking to transfer from another Utah university or college (e.g., Salt Lake Community College, Dixie State University, Snow College). Although we will consider students wishing to enter as freshmen, a strong commitment to social work and a well-developed plan will need to be presented. In particular, the College of Social Work is interested in sponsoring students who:

  1. Have a minimum of 30 credit hours (associates degree preferred) and will be enrolling in upper division courses.
  2. Have demonstrated a strong commitment to the college mission and plan to pursue a degree in the field of social work.
  3. Are members of a marginalized communities, including immigrants, international students, and students from indigenous populations such as Native Americans.

In preparing their appeals, the students should note the following conditions:

  1. We will sponsor students for the fall and spring semesters only.
  2. Applicants must include a letter about why they are interested in the field of social work. Include any previous experiences and accomplishments related to the field of Social Work that demonstrate your interests and motivation. Please discuss your long-term career plans.
  3. If denial was due to low TOFL scores, the College of Social Work will only considered sponsoring students who are within 5 points of the current university cut-off. Sponsorship will be granted only under the condition that the student will enroll and actively participate in the BSW Program online language and professional writing programs.
  4. If denial was due to the student only having an international GED, students will be sponsored only with the condition that they earn a GED from the U.S. before starting classes.

Please Note: When you are accepted to the University on this basis, you still must formally apply to be accepted into our major by our department, following our departmental admission process (see http://www.socwk.utah.edu/bsw/admissioninformation.html).

David Eccles School of Business

Sponsorship Requirements include:

  1. Applicants should submit a letter explaining why they are interested in a career in business which should include previous experiences, accomplishments, and long-term career plans. An in-person or phone interview may be requested.
  2. Must meet University of Utah TOEFL requirements to be considered for sponsorship.
  3. Students must identify as Pre-Business status until they can achieve Upper Division status (see #8 below for more information on Upper Division status). Students are required to enroll in one business course per semester.
  4. The David Eccles School of Business is committed to helping sponsored students with additional support through mandatory advising for first year, three times per semester. This advising will be provided at the School of Business, Undergraduate Advising Services with the Director or Associate Director. Students will meet with their advisor at the following times during the semester:
    • First week of semester prior to drop deadline
    • First month of semester prior to withdraw deadline
    • Prior to registration for next semester
  5. The School of Business offers free on-site tutoring in many business courses. Students who utilize business tutoring do substantially better in their courses. Sponsored students will be required to use the business tutoring center if enrolled in any business course that offers tutoring a minimum of two times per semester.
  6. To further develop major interests and explore career options students will be required to enroll in BUS 3000: Careers & Majors in Business (1.5 credits) or an approved substitution in the first semester.
  7. Sponsored students will continue to develop and explore their career interests by completing one mandatory business career counseling session in first semester with the Undergraduate Career Management Center located in the School of Business.
  8. Students take pre-business courses in Accounting, Business Thought, Economics, Information Systems, Math, and Business Statistics to help them prepare for advanced courses in business, also known as Upper Division courses. Students must apply for Upper Division and be admitted to Upper Division before they can take advanced business courses. Sponsorship does not guarantee admission into Upper Division.
    • Students with all pre-business courses complete are admitted to Upper Division if his or her total and business GPAs are BOTH 3.2 or higher.
    • Students whose total and/or business GPAs fall between 3.0 and 3.19 will have their applications reviewed by the School of Business Admissions Committee.
    • All students admitted to Upper Division are automatically assigned to the Business Administration degree program. Admission to other undergraduate majors in the David Eccles School of Business requires a separate application, prerequisite courses and subsequent review.
  9. Sponsored students are required to demonstrate that business is a good fit by maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (Upper Division admission requires a 3.2 total and business GPA) and pass all courses with a C- at the University of Utah.
  10. Students who are sponsored must sign a contract for all above requirements prior to starting courses.
  11. Failure to adhere in the above requirements may result in dismissal.

Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism

Visit the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism's website.
FOR STUDENTS MAJORING IN PARKS, RECREATION, AND TOURISM

When requesting sponsorship from the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, it is important that your decision is based on whether or not the department is a good fit for you. Our decision to sponsor you will take into consideration whether you are a good fit with our department. Therefore, we have several stipulations.

  1. We will sponsor only transfer students with an associate degree or fewer than three general education requirements to complete. QA and WR must be completed. We are an upper division major. Courses are designed for junior and senior level students.
  2. We will sponsor only students that begin the major in fall semesters and agree to participate in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Integrated Core.
  3. Sponsored students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and pass all courses with a C- or better.
  4. Sponsored students are required to meet with the academic advisor a minimum of three times a semester for the first year, the first week of classes (prior to the drop deadline), one month into the semester (prior to the withdrawal deadline), and the last month of the semester (prior to the next semester registration).
  5. Students will be required to sign an agreement form, acknowledging and agreeing to meet all of the PRT Sponsored Student Program requirements. Failure to adhere to the requirements may result in dismissal from the program.

In your appeal, it is important to present yourself professionally. Your responses should be typed and include your interest in pursuing a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. You should list any previous experiences and accomplishments related to the field of parks, recreation, and tourism that demonstrate your interests and motivation.

Film & Media Arts

The Sponsored Student Program through the College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts (CFA) sponsors students who intend to study in one of its six units, of which Film & Media Arts is one. Learn more on the CFA site.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center (LGBT)

The LGBT Resource Center sponsors LGBTQ+ individuals and allies, regardless of identity. For more information, please visit our admissions appeal page.

Modern Dance (by audition only)

The Sponsored Student Program through the College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts (CFA) sponsors students who intend to study in one of its six units, of which Modern Dance is one.

If you are interested in being sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, please note that the Modern Dance program requires an audition. Before you can be sponsored, you must first audition for and be accepted to the major. Learn more on the CFA site.

Music (by audition only)

The Sponsored Student Program through the College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts (CFA) sponsors students who intend to study in one of its six units, of which Music is one.

If you are interested in being sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, please note that the Music program requires an audition. Before you can be sponsored, you must first audition for and be accepted to the major. Learn more on the CFA site.

Office of Engagement / BEACON Scholars Program

The Office of Engagement offers sponsorship opportunities to students who are appealing to the Admissions office. We offer this opportunity to students who are willing to participate in our BEACON scholars program and enroll in a Block U. Students interested in sponsorship should review our academic sponsorship webpage and contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss requirements and eligibility.

Student Equity and Diversity / Diversity Scholars

The Diversity Scholars Program is an academically successful First-Year retention program at the University of Utah. The program provides academic support for Students of Color and first generation college students. It offers students the unique opportunity to participate in a range of services and programs-including small classroom experience, academic advising, community engagement, leadership development and scholarship preparation. The Diversity Scholars program is implemented as a cohort model and includes traditional admitted students, sponsorship students and full ride scholarship students.

Requirements for Sponsorship

  • Participation in a year-long cohort
  • Attendance at a minimum of three free summer learning enhancement workshops
  • Enroll and participate in a three class block schedule associated with the program Fall semester and one class in the Spring semester.
  • Attendance at weekly study hall
  • Weekly critical service learning
  • Monthly Advisor meetings
  • Regularly scheduled meetings with Faculty and Peer Mentors

Student Equity and Diversity—Transfer Students

The Diverse Transfer Student Program offers transfer students an opportunity to be sponsored through the admissions appeal process. Transfer students will be sponsored if they meet the criteria to be sponsored by the University and the Diverse Transfer Student Program. The Diverse Transfer Student Program criteria includes the following be met by students while sponsored by the department.

Requirements:

  • Sponsored students will attend the Transfer Summer Institute.
  • Sponsored students will attend the "Making Connections" (Transfer Resource Symposium).
  • Sponsored students will meet with the Transfer Program Advisor monthly and before they register for classes for their first year at the University of Utah.
  • Sponsored students will enroll and attend a mandatory course associated with the Transfer Program during the Fall semester (3 credit hours).
  • Sponsored students will attend at least two Transfer workshops.
  • Sponsored students will submit a study journal and schedule bi-weekly (5 hours studying minimum per week) during the school year.
  • Sponsored students will participate in the transfer mentor program for two semesters (within one year of acceptance).

Theatre (ATP & MTP by audition only)

The Sponsored Student Program through the College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts (CFA) sponsors students who intend to study in one of its six units, of which Theatre is one.

If you are interested in being sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, please note that the Theatre's Actor Training Program (ATP) and Musical Theatre Program (MTP) require auditions. Before you can be sponsored, you must first audition for and be accepted to the major. Learn more on the CFA site.

Women's Resource Center (WRC)

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) at The University of Utah would love to sponsor you for the next two years of your education because we believe that, with our support programs, you have the potential to succeed in your educational goals and contribute meaningfully to the learning environment at The University of Utah. As a Women's Resource Center U START student, also known as a sponsored student, we take very seriously your personal success at The University of Utah. We are invested in the students we serve and seek to provide a variety of services to ensure your success at The University of Utah. We sponsor men, women, traditional, non-traditional, and transfer students. For Spring admittance, the WRC only sponsors transfer students with more than 60 credits.

Requirements for sponsorship

  • Attend U START Orientation
  • Participation in 2-year cohort
  • Mandatory Advising with University College through U START program
  • Enroll and participate in required courses (4 total)
    • Fall year 1: 2 courses
    • Spring year 1: 1 course
    • Fall year 2: 1 course
  • Attend and participate in weekly service learning (first year only)
  • Attend regular scheduled meetings/monthly workshops with WRC Mentors

When is my appeal packet due?

A complete appeal packet is due the 15th of every month but must be received no later than six weeks after the date on the admission denial letter. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, a complete appeal packet is due on the next business day. Only complete appeals received by the 15th will be forwarded to sponsoring departments after an initial review from Admissions. You can track the receipt of your documents via the online tracking system.

How and when will I be notified?

You will be notified by the Office of Admissions by postal mail. Notification may take 4-6 weeks from the deadline. For example, if you submit your complete appeal before the Nov 15 deadline, then you should hear no later than January 1.

Who can I contact?

Contact the Office of Admissions at admissions_appeal@utah.edu or 801-581-8761.

 

This information is subject to change without notice. Please check this page for the most up-to-date information. 


NOTE: Students appealing a residency decision should visit the Residency website for appeal information.

 

 
Last Updated: 12/10/14