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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Learn more by choosing an option below:

Freshman

Students who will have graduated from high school and have earned no transferrable college credit after high school.

Transfer

Students with college credit after high school.

International

Students who have citizenship outside the United States.

Returning Students

Students who were previously enrolled at the University of Utah.

Second Bachelor's

Students who wish to earn multiple bachelor's degrees.

Non-traditional

Students who graduated from high school seven or more years prior to applying, and have not attended another college or university.

Early Admission

Eligible students may attend after completing the 11th grade.

High School University

Utah high school sophomores through seniors take college-level course work.

Non-degree seeking? 

Learn about how to apply to the U.

Completing the Application

Types of Questions

It helps to be prepared to answer the following questions before beginning the application.  If you need to stop and restart your application you will be allowed. Please be sure to fully complete the application before submitting it. If you apply before the December 1 priority deadline, you will be automatically considered for merit and diversity scholarships. 

You will be asked about your academic history (including GPA, ACT/SAT Test Scores, and courses taken), honors and awards, athletic participation, leadership roles and activities (including volunteering), work experience, and any special circumstances that may have affected your academic achievement.

Honors Essay

Undergraduate applicants will have the opportunity to apply to the Honors College by answering the following questions*:

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Honors College: Rooted in an interdisciplinary approach to the Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences, and Mathematics, an Honors education aims to contribute to the development of the individual rather than the focus of a specific profession. At the Honors College, we believe that venturing out of your comfort zone is crucial to that individual development. If you are accepted, you’ll take courses in which you encounter complex readings and ideas, and maybe a history role-playing game, that require you to read, think and write in new ways.  Your Honors courses will span the Liberal Arts and Sciences, and you will be invited to participate in a diverse range of Praxis Labs addressing current social issues.  You’ll be part of a vibrant community that will support you as you work toward completing your Honors degree. Expect stretches of confusion between moments of clarity, knowing that the intellectual struggle from perplexity to understanding can foster some of the deepest learning.

Essay Prompts:

In 500 words: Keeping in mind that there are many ways to think about “justice” and a “just society”, what would YOU personally require of a society in order for YOU to consider it “just”?  It might be helpful to explain what you believe is “just” or “justice” but please don’t incorporate a dictionary definition in your essay. Take a little risk, and have fun. 

Possible strategies: 

--Begin with an existing society (American or otherwise) and explain why you consider it a “just society”. Or explain what would have to happen in order for you to consider it a just society. 

--Or start from scratch.  How would you design a just society?  What would its essential qualities be?

AND

In 50 words: We know that applicants to the Honors College are smart, motivated, high-achieving, hard-working students who tend to spend time on community service.  Your 500-word essay demonstrates more of your individual academic ability. We’re very impressed!  But we’d like to learn something uniquely interesting about you, that likely isn’t true for other applicants.  Please give us a hint about what makes you, YOU: a personality quirk, an unexpected interest, an unusual hobby or pursuit, how your earned your nickname, your most embarrassing moment, your wildest dream, the title of your autobiography, why your friends think you’re funny, what you’re doing to get into the Guinness Book of Records, your latest invention?

 *The Honors College priority application deadline is November 1.

Learn more about the Honors College admission process by visiting their website.


Paying the fee

After completing the application, you will be asked to pay the application fee. Some students may be eligible to waive the fee.


Privacy Act Notice & your Social Security Number

Your Social Security Number can help expedite enrollment and financial aid, but is not required.

The University confidentially maintains all application information, including your Social Security Number, which is used routinely to facilitate document matching, verify your identity, and expedite your enrollment and financial aid. Disclosure of your Social Security Number is voluntary, but failure to provide your Social Security Number may result in delay and confusion regarding your identity, and once admitted, could result in delay or loss of federal and state financial aid, tax credits, student loan deferments, veteran benefits, and other benefits under law.


Please note that the application is only valid for the semester in which you apply. If you do not attend classes for the term in which you applied, you must submit another admissions application and fee to be considered for a subsequent semester.

Making false or misleading statements on the application or failing to list all institutions attended may result in cancellation of admission status and/or loss of credit.

Admission requirements, deadlines, and fees are subject to change without prior notice.

All documents submitted to the University of Utah become its property and will not be released to students or other institutions.  Admission applications and transcripts are destroyed after one year for students who do not attend.

Graduate Admissions

With 95 major fields of study at the graduate level, opportunities for academic and research opportunities abound.

Learn about the Graduate Admission process

Last Updated: 8/7/18