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Freshman students are those who have not previously enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university, or who have only enrolled in college courses prior to high school graduation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Freshman Students

  • Applications for 2022 are open.
  • In order for an application to be considered for a priority deadline, the application checklist must be complete by the deadline.  This includes:
    • Completed Application
    • Application Fee or approved Fee Waiver
    • Official Transcripts
    • Official Test Scores
      • Required due to GED, Home School or Unaccredited High School.
      • If the applicant marked YES to having scores considered for admission on the Common Application, the application will not be reviewed for admission or merit scholarships until scores are received by the appropriate deadline.
  • What to know before you start:
    • Be prepared to spend 45 minutes to an hour to complete your application.
    • You will need your high school counselor's contact information.
    • A copy of your transcript can be helpful.
    • You do not need 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 $55 application fee to submit your application. This 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. More information on how to qualify can be found here.
    • For more information, you can find the Common App guide for first time students here:  Common App Guide
    • Please submit an official high school transcript.

(Emailed transcripts will not be considered official)

  • Please be aware that if you submit your high school counselor as a recommender, they can submit your transcripts for you. Therefore, you will not need to submit the transcripts.
  • 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 admisstranscripts@utah.edu. Transcripts sent directly through email or fax will not be considered official.
  • If you have taken the GED exam in place of a high school diploma, please have your official GED scores sent directly from the GED website.

Applicants who have the option of submitting SAT or ACT scores and would like them to be considered are encouraged to send these scores as soon as possible when applying.

  • Students applying by the December 1 early action/scholarship deadline must have their official test scores in their admissions file by December 1 for us to guarantee their consideration.
  • Students applying rolling for the Fall 2022 term (I.e., after December 1) will have 30 calendar days from when they submit their application for us to receive their SAT or ACT for consideration. Any files, however, that do not have test scores received by the application deadline of April 1 may be reviewed without test scores.
  • Students applying rolling for the Summer 2022 term (I.e., after December 1) will have 30 calendar days from when they submit their application for us to receive their SAT or ACT for consideration. Any files, however, that do not have test scores received by the application deadline of March 1 may be reviewed without test scores.
  • Students applying rolling for the Spring 2022 term will have 30 calendar days from when they submit their application for us to receive their SAT or ACT for consideration. Any files, however, that do not have test scores received by the application deadline of November 1 may be reviewed without test scores.

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

Your application will be evaluated once we receive a completed application and all required documentation. The status of your application can be tracked here. Please allow 7-10 business days for the online tracker to reflect newly received materials.

 

Things to Remember

 

  • Graduates from non-accredited US high schools, Home school students, and students who receive a GED are required to submit official ACT and/or SAT scores.
  • Home school transcripts are required to include: course names, grades and a graduation date if applicable.
  • Students applying to the Business Scholars Program or the Honors College will be required to submit an essay as part of the application for admission to be considered for entry into either program. The essay prompt for each program can be found in their respective sections in the application for admission.
  • Remember to answer the University of Utah specific questions in the Common Application.
  • The University of Utah does not require nor do we review personal essays or letters of recommendation.
  • If an applicant responds to the following question on the Common Application with an answer of YES, the application will not be considered complete and therefore will not be reviewed for admission or merit scholarships until the official test scores have been received by our office. "Would you like your official ACT or SAT scores considered for admission to the university?"

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Application Deadlines


Spring


Final Admissions Deadline

NOVEMBER 1
Notifications will be sent on a rolling basis.

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Early Action Application Deadline

DECEMBER 1
Notifications will be sent on January 15.

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION DEADLINE

DECEMBER 1
Scholarship notifications will be sent out Mid-February.

Final Application Deadline

MARCH 1
Notifications will be on a rolling basis.

FallFall


Early Action Application Deadline

DECEMBER 1
Notifications will be sent on January 15.

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION DEADLINE

DECEMBER 1
Scholarship notifications will be sent out Mid-February.

Final Application Deadline

APRIL 1
Notifications will be on a rolling basis.

Honors Priority Application Date

NOVEMBER 1

BUSINESS SCHOLARS DEADLINE

DECEMBER 1