High School University Program
The High School University Program (HSUP) allows high school sophomores through seniors to take college level course work at the University of Utah. The program is designed for motivated students looking for an academic enhancement to their high school curriculum and want to get a head start on their college career. HSUP students may participate in any 1000 or 2000 level course, as long as they meet any prerequisite requirements, with the exception of online classes or telecourses.
Be sure to check out our frequently asked questions (below) to learn more about the High School University Program. If you have additional questions about the program, please contact the program cordinators, Madalena McNeil or Madalyn Smith.
To participate in the High School University Program, students must successfully complete the ninth grade, be enrolled in an accredited high school, and be a Utah resident. Students must also meet the following GPA requirements:
- Seniors—3.2 GPA or higher
- Juniors—3.5 GPA or higher
- Sophomores—3.7 GPA or higher
To participate in the High School University Program, international students must be attending a Utah high school on a visa that also allows for university attendance.
International students also need to demonstrate English proficiency. This requires a minimum ACT English sub-score of 18 or higher, or a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 500 or higher.
If you are a homeschooled student interested in the High School University Program, please contact Madalena McNeil directly.
HSUP students must maintain a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA. If a student's GPA falls below a 2.0 in HSUP courses, they will be placed on probation and dismissed from the program.
HSUP students are required to reapply for each semester they wish to participate in the program. See "Information and Deadlines" for more information.
The High School University Program is not the same thing as early acceptance to the U. HSUP is similar to concurrent enrollment programs where students can supplement their high school courses with college level courses.
If you are interested in early admissions to the U, learn more about the application process and deadlines on the early admissions page.
Please note: Students who wish to attend the U as a freshman will need to complete the standard admissions application.
Students should mail their complete application (below), official high school transcripts and $45 application fee (first time applicants only), to:
University of Utah, Office of Admissions Welcome Center
200 S. Central Campus Dr., Room 80
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9104
Spring semester applications are due by November 1.
Summer semester applications are due by March 1.
Fall semester applications are due by July 1.
Please note: If you intend to submit a late application, please contact Madalena McNeil or Madalyn Smith beforehand to verify your eligibility. Please be aware that late applications are processed on a case by case basis and require an additional $30 late application fee.
Applying early will not result in an earlier notification. Applicants can expect to receive notice regarding their application, as well as information on next steps, from the Office of Admissions 2-4 weeks after the HSUP application deadline.
Students must submit a complete application for every semester that they wish to participate in HSUP.
Reapplying students do not need to submit another application fee, since the $45 fee is only required for new applicants.
Reapplying students can submit unofficial transcripts with their application.
First-time HSUP students will need to attend an orientation hosted by the Office of Admissions. Students will receive more information about dates and times for HSUP orientation after being admitted to the program. Parents are also invited to attend.
Orientation will cover important information about HSUP, the University of Utah, course registration, and an abbreviated tour of campus.
Returning HSUP students do not need to attend orientation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tuition varies based on how many credit hours you are taking. HSUP tuition is less than regular, in-state tuition. The first credit hour costs $276.02, and each credit after that costs an additional $214.75.
See a complete breakdown of HSUP tuition here.
Eligible University of Utah employees receive a 50% tuition reduction for themselves and their immediate family. HSUP students whose parent/guardian qualify for the tuition reduction can apply it to a maximum of 10 credit hours. Visit the HR benefits site to learn more.
Unfortunately, financial assistance via financial aid, grants, and/or scholarships is not available to HSUP students.
HSUP students are classified as non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) students. All policies and procedures that exist for matriculated University of Utah students apply to HSUP students as well.
Participating in HSUP does not guarantee freshman admissions to the University of Utah following high school. Students interested in attending the U as a freshman will need to complete the standard university application for freshman admissions.
HSUP students can register for courses during open enrollment periods as determined by the academic calendar.
First-time HSUP students must also attend orientation hosted by the Office of Admissions before they are eligible to register for courses.
Students in HSUP can participate in any 1000 or 2000 level course, as long as they meet any prerequisites. This does exclude, however, online classes or telecourses.
We recommend that HSUP students take 7 credit hours or less each semester. If you wish to take more than that in a given semester, you will need to complete the Consent for More Credit Hours form. HSUP students can not take more than 10 total credit hours each semester.
Students within HSUP are generating an official university transcript, which will become a part of their permanent academic record.
The following documentation can help students complete their application for HSUP:
- Application (required)
- HSUP Returning Student Application
- Consent form for more than 7 credit hours
- Orientation Packet
- Orientation Powerpoint