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Freshman Students

Find Yourself at the U

Freshmen are students attending an accredited college or university for the first time, or who have only enrolled in college courses prior to high school graduation. In other words, your college career is just beginning. Time to set the pace for an amazing four years and beyond.

Your Future Begins with U

Submit Your Application

Prior to submitting your application, make sure to review Admissions Standards.

The following checklist must be complete by the Common Application deadline:

  • Complete and submit the Common Application
  • Pay the application Fee or have an approved Fee Waiver
  • Send your official transcripts
    • Home school transcripts must include:
      • Course names
      • Grades
      • Graduation date if applicable
  • Send your official Test Scores
    • An official ACT or SAT score is required if you are applying from non-accredited US high school, Home School, or if you took the GED or HiSET exam to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma.
    • For all other applicants, ACT or SAT score submission is optional. If you marked YES to having scores considered for admission when you completed the Common App, you have 30 days from the date you submitted your application to submit your official ACT or SAT scores.
    • See Test Optional FAQ for more information.

Here’s what you need to know before you start:

  • It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete the Common Application.
  • You will need your high school counselor’s contact information.
  • A copy of your transcript can be helpful.
  • You are not required to submit a letter of recommendation or a personal essay.
  • You will need to answer the University of Utah questions in addition to the Common App questions.
  • You will need to pay the application fee to submit your application.
    • The fee is $55 for domestic students and $65 for international students
    • The fee is non-refundable and must be paid online through the Common Application.
    • The application fee may be waived for applicants who provide documentation of financial hardship. You will be automatically considered for an admissions application fee waiver, and will not be required or prompted to pay an application fee when submitting your Common App if you are:
      • A first-time Freshman who has a permanent address in Utah or attend(ed) a tribal high school located in Utah
      • Military Connected (meaning a student is an active military member, veteran, or the dependent of an active military member or veteran)”

If you are an international student, please click here for more information.


For more information watch our Common App tutorial videos.

Send Official High School Transcripts

Please have your high school submit your official high school transcript. Emailed transcripts will not be considered official.

  • Please be aware that if you select your high school counselor as a recommender in the Common App, they can submit your transcripts directly through Common App.
  • Paper transcripts can be mailed directly from the high school or brought in an envelope sealed by the high school to:
    The University of Utah
    Office of Admissions
    201 South 1460 East, Room 250S
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112
  • Electronic transcripts can be requested through one of the following services:
    • Credentials Solutions
    • Parchment/Naviance
    • National Student Clearinghouse
    • eScrip-Safe
    • Scoir
  • If prompted for a recipient email address when ordering your transcript, please use Transcripts sent directly through email or fax will not be considered official.
  • If you have taken the GED or HiSET exam in place of a high school diploma, please have your official scores sent directly from the GED or HiSET website.


Emailed transcripts will not be considered official.

Send Official Test Scores

If you have the option of submitting SAT or ACT scores and would like them to be considered with your application, you must submit them within 30 calendar days from when you submit your application. Any files, however, that do not have test scores received by the application deadline may be reviewed without test scores.

For more information, check out Undergraduate Admission Standards.

If you have changed your mind after submitting your application about whether or not you would like your test scores considered, please contact your admission counselor letting them know your name, UNID, and the change you would like to make.

You can find your admission counselor here:

Meet your Counselors | Admissions (

If you are now requesting to have your test scores considered, you will be held to the timelines listed above.


We recommend submitting your scores as soon as possible.

Track Your Application

We’ll evaluate your application once we receive all required application materials.

Follow the status of your application here, but please allow 7-10 business days for the online tracker to reflect newly received materials.


Remember to answer the University of Utah specific questions in the Common Application.

Application Deadlines




Early Action & Merit Scholarship Consideration


Summer (full term)


Summer (second session only)



Financial Aid & Scholarships

Did you know the University of Utah is a PAC-12 Top Affordable School? We offer a full range of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans to make college as affordable as possible.