Fall 2020 High School Counselor Newsletter

FALL 2020 COUNSELOR NEWSLETTER


Hello counselors, and welcome to our fall newsletter! The school year is now in full swing, and at the University of Utah that means new energy and possibilities. While things on campus will be a little different this year, we're excited to share some important information and updates with you and your students.

Save the date - u of u counselor conference


We are moving our annual counselor conference virtual this year.  In doing so, we are going to have live sessions in the morning with additional on-demand content for updates from other areas of campus.  This year’s dates are:

  • Wednesday, September 30, for counselors in Utah
  • Friday, October 1, for counselors outside of Utah

The tentative schedule is:

  • 8:30 am to 8:45 am – Welcome
  • 8:45 am to 9:30 am – Scholarships and Financial Aid Updates
  • 9:30 am to 10:00 am – Housing and Residential Education Updates
  • 10:00 am to 10:15 am – Break
  • 10:15 am to 11:30 am – Admissions Updates
  • 11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Final Questions and Answers
  • 12:00 pm - Conclude

The Office of Admissions is putting the final touches on this year’s Counselor Conference information and registration and we will be updating our website later this week.

Latest Updates 


WE'VE GONE VIRTUAL!
  • Recently, we made the difficult decision to not do any in-person recruitment events or travel for this fall.  This was a difficult call, but feel it is in the best interest of your students and your school communities, as well as, our own staff and campus community.
  • As such, we will not be traveling to high schools or college fairs this fall. However, our admissions counselors are very willing to connect with you and your students over the phone, email, or video calls.  We are happy to schedule individual or group meetings.
  • On top of this, we are implementing a very robust series of virtual events for your students so they get the information they are seeking about the University of Utah.  Over the next few weeks your students will learn about an extensive list of opportunities that will include high level overviews, deeper dives into specific aspects of campus, and weekly student panels.  If your students would like to receive our Discover the U weekly event email, updating them of upcoming virtual events at the U, they can fill out our Request For Information.
TEST OPTIONAL at the u
  • Our Test Optional program accommodates high school students who wish to apply to the university for Fall 2021 but have limited access to ACT/SAT testing due to the impact of Covid-19. To read more about the Test Optional Program, click here.
FREE ACt test PREP
  • For students interested in being considered for merit-based scholarships, Test Preparation at the University of Utah is offering students free ACT test prep for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • These classes are free of charge through the COVID-19 course financial assistance, and seats will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. Students can register here.
WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM (wue) expanded to all 15 states
  • The WUE program gives a tuition discount for nonresident high school seniors who will be first-time entering freshmen only. Transfer applicants and continuing non-WUE University of Utah students are not eligible for consideration.
  • Applicants must be permanent residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Oregon, Washington, or Wyoming. To learn more about the WUE program and view application requirements, visit here.
FOR UTAH SCHOLARSHIP
  • The For Utah Scholarship completely covers the cost of tuition and fees for eligible students!
  • To qualify, students must be Utah residents, first-time freshmen, have a high school average GPA of at least 3.2, have completed the FAFSA and be Pell Grant eligible.
  • To learn more about this scholarship and view our FAQ page, click here.
HIGH SCHOOL UNIVERSITY PROGRAM (HSUP)
  • Your students are invited to apply for the U's High School University Program! This is designed for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, and allows them to start their college career and take college courses while they are in high school.
  • Courses are only $15 for a 3-credit course!  Check out our HSUP website for more information.
CONNECT with YOUR ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR!
  • We encourage students to contact their admissions counselor if they have any questions throughout their application process. Students can find their designated counselor here.
FALL CAMPUS TOURS
  • Due to COVID-19 regulations, in-person campus tours have been postponed until further notice. We hope to reschedule these events in the near future.
  • Dates and times will be posted as soon as they are released, so check back with us frequently for updates, or visit our COVID-19 Updates page.
imPORTANT DATES AT THE U 
  • Our 2021 application for freshmen opened on August 1. Learn more about the application process here, and find us on the Common App.
hAVE QUESTIONS? 
  • Due to COVID-19 regulations, in-person campus tours have been postponed until further notice. We hope to reschedule these events in the near future.
  • Dates and times will be posted as soon as they are released, so check back with us frequently for updates, or visit our COVID-19 Updates page.