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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:

Academic Preparation & Performance (Primary Factors)

Personal Achievements & Characteristics (Secondary Factors)

  • Rigorous course selection throughout high school career (i.e. Honors, AP, IB, and Dual/Concurrent Enrollment courses)
  • Grade trends
  • Cumulative unweighted GPA
  • ACT and/or SAT standardized test scores
  • Excellence in academic achievement, intellectual pursuits, and creative endeavors
  • Satisfactory completion of all high school core course requirements
  • Academic achievement and awards or distinctions
  • Involvement in student clubs and organizations, athletics, other extracurricular activities, or work
  • Familial 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 

Fall 2016 Middle 50% Profile of Enrolled First-Time Freshman

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 2016 numbers:

Entering Class Size




ACT Composite


SAT (ERW & Math)


Non-graduates, Home school, Certificate of Completion, and Non-Accredited High Schools

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. Home schooled students can submit a list of courses completed. 
  • Scores from the General Education Development (GED) test.
  • ACT or SAT scores sent electronically by the testing company.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Applicant's high school class has graduated.
  • ACT composite score is at least 23 (SAT Critical Reading and Math total score is 1050)*.
  • GED composite of 550 or higher and all subscores are 500 or higher. Update: for 2014 GED exam takers, candidates must score 150 or greater on all sections (on the 100-200 2014 GED scale).

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 with a 25 ACT (1130 SAT) are not required to take the GED. Note: Students who do not graduate from high school may need to take the GED to qualify for financial aid. Learn more from the Financial Aid Office at 801-581-6211.

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Additional Guidelines

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.

Last Updated: 7/13/18