Undergraduate Admission Standards

Freshman Admission Evaluation Process

Identifying applicants who are well prepared for academic success is one of the keys to providing our students with an extraordinary undergraduate experience. We evaluate applicants through a holistic review process, which helps ensure we give all students the best opportunity to present a complete picture of their qualifications. Our holistic review includes consideration of the following:

  • Rigorous course selection throughout high school career (i.e. Honors, AP, IB, and Dual/Concurrent Enrollment courses)
  • Grade trends
  • Cumulative unweighted GPA
  • Excellence in academic achievement, intellectual pursuits, and creative endeavors
  • Satisfactory completion of all high school core course requirements
English 4 years, emphasizing composition and literature
Mathematics 2 years, beyond elementary algebra (selected from geometry, intermediate algebra, trigonometry, college or advanced algebra, or calculus)
Biological and/or physical
3 years, two of which are required to be taken from the following: chemistry, physics, and biology or human biology (one of the sciences must include a laboratory experience)
History 1 year, American history and government. (Processes and structure of democratic governance)
Foreign language First and second year (level) of the same foreign language taken during grades 7 through 12


*New Admissions Criteria: The University of Utah is Test Optional for freshman applications for Fall 2022 admission. ACT/SAT scores are not required for admission, merit scholarships (including department scholarships), or direct admission programs (including Engineering). Freshman applications to the University of Utah for Fall 2022 will be evaluated using a holistic review process that takes into consideration factors such as a student’s high school GPA, course rigor, etc. To find out more click here.

  • Awards and distinctions
  • Involvement in clubs and organizations, athletics, extracurricular activities, or work
  • Family responsibilities
  • Extraordinary circumstances
  • Significant commitment to community engagement, citizenship, and leadership
  • Ability to contribute to and benefit from a culturally and intellectually diverse learning community
  • ACT/SAT test scores (for students who want their scores considered as part of their application)

Ever wondered what the freshman student body looks like at the University of Utah? To help you understand what our student body is, here are some Fall 2020 numbers:

Entering Class Size: 4,483

HS GPA:  3.45-3.93

ACT Composite: 22-29

SAT (ERW+M): 1140-1340

Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1

Students admitted prior to high school graduation must complete their senior year satisfactorily and have a final high school transcript sent for review. Likelihood of admission may also depend on the quality of the applicant pool and University enrollment goals.

If you do not meet the above requirements, it is likely you will not be admitted. Consider attending another regionally accredited college or university and reapply after you have 30 semester or 45 quarter transferable credits with at least a 2.6 GPA.

Some applicants not meeting the admission standards may be considered for admission on an exception basis if their special talents or diversity enhances the institution's life and character.