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 high school core course requirements
- New Admissions Criteria: Test Optional is now in effect for high school seniors applying to the University of Utah for fall 2021 through fall 2023 admission. The new program waives the previously required ACT/SAT test scores as part of the application requirement for most prospective students. Click here for more information.

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

- Academic achievement and awards or distinctions
- Involvement in student clubs and organizations, athletics, other extracurricular activities, or work
- Familial responsibilities
- Extraordinary circumstances
- A significant commitment to community engagement, citizenship, and leadership
- Ability to contribute to and benefit from a culturally and intellectually diverse learning community

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 2018 numbers:

Entering Class Size: 4,256
HS GPA:  3.42-3.92

Different admission standards apply to non-high school graduates, graduates from non-accredited high schools, Home school students, and Utah students who receive a Certificate of Completion from a Utah high school.

  • In addition to the Admission Application and fees, additional documentation is required:
    An official high school transcript, including date of graduation. Homeschooled students can submit a list of courses completed.
    • Scores from the General Education Development (GED) test.
    • IF REQUIRED: ACT or SAT scores sent electronically by the testing company.

Minimum Requirements:
- Applicant's high school class has graduated.

GED Requirements:
- If the GED subject test is scored on a scale of 100-200 points. you must earn at least 150 on each of the four subject tests.
- If the GED subject test is scored on a scale of 200-800, you must earn a score of at least 500 on each of the four subject tests and a composite score of 550 or higher.

In addition to these requirements, all applications will receive an individualized/holistic review. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the University.

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.