FAQs

Common Admissions Questions


How can I check my application status?

Visit the application tracker portal at (https://admissions.utah.edu/track/) to track the status of your University of Utah application. Enter the email address used on your application to retrieve log-in credentials upon first log-in.

Application software prohibits updates or changes to submitted applications. If you wish for pertinent information or changes to be added to your application file, please contact your Admission Counselor. https://admissions.utah.edu/meet-your-counselors/

There is a $55 application fee to submit your undergraduate application. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid online through the Common Application or Utah application portal. The application fee may be waived for applicants who provide documentation of financial hardship. The non-refundable application fee for international students is $65. Fees cannot be waived for visa holders. Applications are not complete until the application fee has been paid.

Application fee waivers may be granted to applicants for whom the application fee is a financial burden. Applicants may qualify for a fee waiver based on, but not limited to any of the following circumstances:

  • You have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant.
  • You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
  • You are eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
  • Your family's annual income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g. TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home, or are homeless.
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation or Veteran's Administration is paying part or all of your educational expenses.
  • Your familial circumstances make the application fee an excessive burden.

Please submit proof of financial need to our office in one of the following ways:

  • fax - (801)585-7864 ,
  • mail - 201 S 1460 E, Rm 250 S 250 S Student Services Building Salt Lake City, UT 84112,
  • or email to admissions_feewaiver@utah.edu.

For Freshmen applying through the Common Application, please indicate on the application that you would like an application fee waiver and indicate your reason for the fee waiver request. Please keep an eye on your application tracker at https://student.apps.utah.edu/uofu/stu/admission-checklist/open/landing to verify the receipt and approval of this waiver request.

Please submit official transcripts from all regionally accredited high schools, colleges or universities previously attended by contacting the appropriate transcript office at each institution.

Paper transcripts can be mailed directly from the college or university, or brought in an envelope sealed by the school to:

The Office of Admissions
201 S 1460 E, Rm 250 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Electronic transcripts can be requested through one of the following services:

  • Parchment/Naviance
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Credentials Solutions
  • eScrip-Safe
  • Scoir
  • ScribOnline

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.

Any documents received prior to submission of an application will post to a student's application file when a completed application has been submitted and received by the Office of Admissions. If official transcripts reflect a different name or surname than appears on the admissions application, this may prevent the automatic matching of transcripts to the corresponding application. Students who have name differences among sent transcripts should contact the Office of Admissions at 801-581-8761.

Applicants are required to request and send transcripts from previously attended institutions themselves. Official transcripts must be sent from each regionally accredited institution attended separately.

Freshman applicants are those who have taken no college courses after graduating from high school. Any college courses taken in high school do not impact freshman status.

The University of Utah uses a holistic review process that places primary importance on the rigor of coursework and grades; extracurricular activities are also considered.

Applications are reviewed in the context of both academic and personal achievements. GPA, strength of program, and academic trends are primary factors. Activities such as volunteering, extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, work experiences and other leadership activities are considered.

You can access the application tracker through the following link: https://student.apps.utah.edu/uofu/stu/admission-checklist/open/landing. Sign in using your university ID number (Unid), or your email address.

Test scores can sometimes take up to a week to be received in our office and added to a student's file. The application tracker reflects the status of test scores submission. To access the tracker please visit: https://student.apps.utah.edu/uofu/stu/admission-checklist/open/landing. Any missing application materials will be marked as "Incomplete."

When logged into the application tracker, select Undergrad App Checklist under "Checklist", and click the 'View checklist' button. Scroll down to the bottom of the page; the most recent application is the last checklist listed.

The total cost of attending the U can vary based on program, residency status, financial need, and scholarships received. Please refer to the tuition calculator for a cost estimate: https://financialaid.utah.edu/tuition-and-fees/cost-calculator.php

House Bill 118 and House Bill 144 (commonly abbreviated as HB 118 and HB 144) are non-resident tuition waivers that waive the non-resident portion of tuition for those that qualify. Each house bill has its own requirements that are outlined in the following link: https://admissions.utah.edu/tuitionwaivers/. Both waivers require that a student has attended for at least 3 years and graduated from a Utah high school. HB 118 is only available to students who are in the US on a non-immigrant visa. Students in the US on a visa are not eligible for HB 144.

Prior learning credit will be evaluated based on the scores achieved and only awarded to a student's file once a student has matriculated. For further information on scores required and other prior learning credit information, please refer to the prior learning credit webpage: http://admissions.utah.edu/prior-learning-credit/

Non-degree seeking students may register for course during the open enrollment period. To view open enrollment dates, please visit: https://registrar.utah.edu/academic-calendars/.

The University of Utah does not require that applicants or admitted students attend a campus tour since we do not factor demonstrated interest into our admission decisions. It is recommended, however, that prospective and admitted students take the time to visit and learn about our campus community. Campus tours are offered year-round and include an information session with an Admission Counselor.

University of Utah accepts a General Educational Development (GED) test in place of a high school diploma for admissions purposes. The minimum score required for admission is 550 and each subsection must be above 150. At this time the University of Utah only accepts the U.S. version of the GED and the official test score must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

After an applicant has submitted an application, it can take several weeks to process an admissions decision. If, at the initial evaluation, not all required application materials have been received, the Office of Admissions will notify the applicant via email. When all required information and documents are received, it can take an additional 2-6 weeks from that time before a final admission decision is processed. Admitted undergraduate students will be notified starting on the University notification date (varies by term) and on a rolling basis thereafter.

Undergraduate applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendation, but may do so if they choose by emailing them directly to admissions@utah.edu. Freshman applicants can upload their letters of recommendation through the Common App.

The University of Utah does not admit incoming undergraduate students directly to their major. Applicants are advised to select the “pre-major” that best fits their anticipated major on their application. The “pre-major” is not binding and there is no penalty if a student changes their major while at the University of Utah. Once admitted, students are encouraged to meet directly with their major advisor to discuss the details of declaring their anticipated major.

Freshman Admissions Questions


First-year students for fall admission: Applications for Fall 2022 admission open on August 1, 2021. In order for an application to be considered for Early Action and merit scholarship consideration, students must submit their application by December 1, 2021. A complete application includes a submitted Common Application or Utah application, an application fee or approved fee waiver, official transcripts, and official test scores.

Current high school transcripts should be sent by the assigned recommender at the time of application submission. 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
  • ScribOnline

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 the GED exam was taken in the place of a high school diploma, official GED scores should be sent directly from the GED website.

There is a $55 application fee to submit your undergraduate application. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid online through the Common Application or Utah application portal. The application fee may be waived for applicants who provide documentation of financial hardship. The non-refundable application fee for international students is $65. Fees cannot be waived for visa holders. Applications are not complete until the application fee has been paid.

Application fee waivers may be granted to applicants for whom the application fee is a financial burden. Applicants may qualify for a fee waiver based on, but not limited to any of the following circumstances:

  • You have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant.
  • You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
  • You are eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
  • Your family's annual income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g. TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home, or are homeless.
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation or Veteran's Administration is paying part or all of your educational expenses.
  • Your familial circumstances make the application fee an excessive burden.

Please submit proof of financial need to our office in one of the following ways:

  • fax - (801)585-7864 ,
  • mail - 201 S 1460 E, Rm 250 S 250 S Student Services Building Salt Lake City, UT 84112,
  • or email to admissions_feewaiver@utah.edu.

For Freshmen applying through the Common Application, please indicate on the application that you would like an application fee waiver and indicate your reason for the fee waiver request. Please keep an eye on your application tracker at https://student.apps.utah.edu/uofu/stu/admission-checklist/open/landing to verify the receipt and approval of this waiver request.

Please submit official transcripts from all regionally accredited high schools, colleges or universities previously attended by contacting the appropriate transcript office at each institution.

Paper transcripts can be mailed directly from the college or university, or brought in an envelope sealed by the school to:

The Office of Admissions
201 S 1460 E, Rm 250 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Electronic transcripts can be requested through one of the following services:

  • Parchment/Naviance
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Credentials Solutions
  • eScrip-Safe
  • Scoir
  • ScribOnline

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.

Any documents received prior to submission of an application will post to a student's application file when a completed application has been submitted and received by the Office of Admissions. If official transcripts reflect a different name or surname than appears on the admissions application, this may prevent the automatic matching of transcripts to the corresponding application. Students who have name differences among sent transcripts should contact the Office of Admissions at 801-581-8761.

Applicants are required to request and send transcripts from previously attended institutions themselves. Official transcripts must be sent from each regionally accredited institution attended separately.

Freshman applicants are those who have taken no college courses after graduating from high school. Any college courses taken in high school do not impact freshman status.

The University of Utah uses a holistic review process that places primary importance on the rigor of coursework and grades; extracurricular activities are also considered.

Applications are reviewed in the context of both academic and personal achievements. GPA, strength of program, and academic trends are primary factors. Activities such as volunteering, extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, work experiences and other leadership activities are considered.

Test scores can sometimes take up to a week to be received in our office and added to a student's file. The application tracker reflects the status of test scores submission. To access the tracker please visit: https://student.apps.utah.edu/uofu/stu/admission-checklist/open/landing. Any missing application materials will be marked as "Incomplete."

When logged into the application tracker, select Undergrad App Checklist under "Checklist", and click the 'View checklist' button. Scroll down to the bottom of the page; the most recent application is the last checklist listed.

Transfer Admissions Questions


Due to the nature of transfer credit and how courses can vary between transfer schools, all transfer credit is reviewed on a course by course basis during the application evaluation. The University of Utah does not pre-evaluate coursework to determine transfer course articulation. Please utilize Transferology.com, a website which outlines courses that have already been approved as transferable to the U. Currently, there are limited out-of-state schools with articulation information in Transferolgy, but this is something that is under consistent development.

Upon admittance to the University of Utah, a student is able to see what credit has successfully transferred. Subsequent transcripts that may need to be sent after this application evaluation period with new coursework will be processed in an 8-12 week timeframe. Upon completion of this process, all eligible coursework will be officially transferred. Students can view their transfer credit inside of the CIS student portal by either running a Degree Audit or by viewing the Transfer Credit Summary page.

The University of Utah does not restrict the number of credits a student may transfer in with for admission purposes. Please be advised that all earned credit may impact financial aid eligibility and/or loan requirements should they be relevant. For more information, please contact the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid at 801-581-6211.

Transfer students who have completed less than 30 transferable college credits are required to submit high school transcripts to determine college readiness.

Due to the nature of JST coursework and its corresponding grading system they are not eligible to be considered towards the 30 credit hour benchmark for a transfer student. This 30 credit hour benchmark is intended to demonstrate an applicant’s grade trend and ability to navigate rigorous coursework. As JST credit doesn’t adhere to standard course descriptions, topics, or grading it cannot be used for this same purpose. However, eligible JST credit can be transferred to the University of Utah as general elective credit upon admittance to the university.

International Admissions Questions


Current U of U students that are interested in studying at the Utah Asia Campus should contact the Learning Abroad office. Students can participate in a learning abroad program at the UAC for a period of time. To see more information about this program, please see the learning abroad website in the following link: https://apply.learningabroad.utah.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=10002

Please have your scores sent electronically to the University of Utah Office of Admissions by using the following codes: TOEFL: 4853; IELTS: Please contact your testing center to have the score sent directly to the University of Utah; DUOLINGO: Please log into your duolingo account, select the, "Send Results" button next to your test results. Select the University of Utah as the receiving institution. If sending SAT or ACT scores to prove English proficiency, please use the following codes: SAT: 4853; ACT: 4274

If you are a native English speaking citizen of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom you will not need to submit proof of English proficiency. Citizens of a country not listed below are required to prove English proficiency through approved means. This requirement applies even if the medium of academic instruction in the country is English.

The University of Utah is currently a test-optional institution. Test scores are required only for students who attend an unaccredited US high school, are home schooled, or who took the GED. Test scores are optional for all other first-year applicants. International applicants may still use SAT/ACT scores to prove English proficiency. The test optional policy does not apply to English proficiency test scores and are still required for international students to complete the English proficiency requirement.

The University of Utah does not recommend any particular translation services. Transcripts not issued in English by the school will need to be translated by a certified translation agency or service.

University of Utah does not accept foreign credential evaluations in lieu of transcripts.

International students on a visa are not considered for merit or need-based U of U scholarships. There are some external scholarship opportunities, however, that may be open to international students. Information about these resources can be found in the following link: https://admissions.utah.edu/scholarships/.

If you have held your permanent resident card for less than five years, the International Office of Admissions will evaluate your application. However, you will be admitted as a domestic student. This helps us review applications more quickly because many permanent residents have transcripts from countries other than the United States. Once admitted, permanent residents who enroll at the University of Utah are considered to be domestic students and are eligible for residency consideration for tuition purposes and merit-based scholarships. Permanent residents cardholders do not need to submit I-20 documentation. However, in order to qualify for in-state tuition, you must submit a copy of your permanent resident card to the International Office of Admissions.

Students do not need to convert their country-specific GPA to University of Utah standards. Please submit your transcripts as they are and during the review process, our evaluators will determine your GPA on a 4.0 scale. You can leave the self-reported GPA section of the application blank or enter your country-specific GPA.

In some cases, yes, the University of Utah will waive the application fee for international applicants. The University of Utah may look to waive the application fee for an undergraduate applicant if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The applicant has permanent resident, asylum, or refugee status.
  • The applicant is not on or requesting an F-1 or J-1 visa.
  • The applicant can document financial hardship.

For more information about fee waivers, see the following link: https://admissions.utah.edu/fee-waiver/.

Applicants that have been granted legal immigrant or permanent U.S. resident status, or have obtained asylum or refugee status under U.S. immigration law may be classified as residents for tuition purposes under the same criteria applicable to U.S. citizens. These students must submit verification of their statuses with their applications. In-state residency classification will not be granted to foreign nationals without proof of permanent resident, asylum, or refugee status in the United States. More information on applying for in-state (resident) tuition may be found here: http://admissions.utah.edu/apply/residency/. Applicants who attended a Utah high school for three years and graduated may be eligible to apply for a waiver of the non-resident portion of tuition. More information about non-resident tuition waivers may be found here: https://admissions.utah.edu/tuitionwaivers/.

Admitted Student Questions


Admitted means you have been formally admitted to the University of Utah. In some circumstances, applicants may see their admissions decision on the tracker before receiving a printed decision letter in the mail.

Admitted students receive an email reflecting their decision. Additionally, all students are invited to utilize their online application tracker as this will notify the student once a decision has been made. All applicants are also sent a hard copy decision letter to the mailing address listed inside of the application.

The enrollment deposit is a $300 non-refundable tuition down payment to University of Utah. It will be credited towards your first semester tuition.

Admitted students may register for courses after attending New Student Orientation and meeting with an Academic Advisor.

Students are encouraged to live on campus; it is not required.

Students must submit final high school or college transcripts to the Office of Admissions as soon as they are available. Failure to submit final transcripts may prevent the student from registering for courses and/or receiving financial aid for future terms.

Should there be a discrepancy between the SSN submitted with your application and FAFSA you will be notified by the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid. This discrepancy can delay and/or prevent the processing of your Financial Aid unless corrected in a timely manner. As such, upon receiving this notification, please update the SSN on file in one of three ways.

  1. Presenting the physical card or copy of the card in addition to a valid photo ID to the Undergraduate window in the Student Services Building
  2. Sending a copy or photo of the SSN card through to our secure fax number: 801-585-7864
  3. Sending a copy or photo of the SSN card from your UMAIL account which is accessed inside of the CIS student portal to admissions_de@utah.edu.

Due to the nature and privacy of this information, SSN may not be updated via telephone or corrected without the whole card being present in one of the three approved methods. Additionally, we cannot accept SSN information sent from a personal email outside of the university firewall. If choosing to update this information by email you must use your UMAIL account to send in the information.

Prior learning credit will be awarded once you have matriculated and we have received official test scores from the testing body. The Office of Admissions receives a large influx of scores and it can take 4-6 weeks for the credit to be processed and posted to a student's CIS portal. For more information regarding Prior Learning Credit, visit the following link: https://admissions.utah.edu/prior-learning-credit/.

When accessing your CIS student portal you may see an indicator describing an Admission’s Credentials Hold. Holds are placed on a student's file when required transcripts have not been received. Students are notified via email when a hold has been placed on their account. When the required transcript has been received, the hold will be released in its entirety. For clarification on which transcript(s) are being requested, please visit your online application tracker, or to call our office at 801-581-8761.

Newly admitted students are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) before registering for courses. There are multiple NSO sessions offered throughout the summer to accommodate a variety of schedules and availabilities. After paying the enrollment deposit, students may immediately register for NSO. We advise that no travel plans or arrangements are made for NSO until your desired session is confirmed through the registration process. For information why NSO is required and what accommodations are available, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition at 801-581-7069.

Students admitted to the University of Utah must submit proof of immunizations before starting classes. You can read more about the required immunizations, and how to make an appointment to receive these immunizations, on the Student Health Center website: studenthealth.utah.edu/services/immunizations/index.php

Admissions Glosssary


Common App colleges want to make sure that application fees do not pose a barrier for any student who wishes to apply for admission. If you feel that your financial circumstances might qualify you for an application fee waiver, you can request a fee waiver in the Common App fee waiver section in the profile section. Any of the following indicators of economic need can qualify you for a Common App fee waiver:• You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver • You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the federal free or reduced-price lunch program (FRPL) • Your annual family income falls within the Income eligibility guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service • You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound) • Your family receives public assistance • You live in a federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or are homeless • You are a ward of the state or an orphan • You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader Your counselor will be asked to complete a fee waiver form to affirm your request for a fee waiver.

Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1.

An official high school transcript is a transcript that is sent directly from a school to the University of Utah. Acceptable methods to submit a transcript include the following: 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

Students 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.

Students who have enrolled in courses at a regionally accredited college or university since graduating from high school or earning a US GED, but have not yet completed a bachelor's degree.

A student who is considered to have permanent domicile in Utah and pays tuition at the in-state rate. Initial residency coding is completed at the time of admissions application evaluations, and is based on Utah state law, Board of Regents R512 policies, and the University of Utah Institutional Policy on Residency Determination for Tuition Purposes. Resident students must hold granted U.S. citizenship, granted permanent residency, or granted asylum or refugee status. More information can be found in the link: https://admissions.utah.edu/apply/residency/

A student who is considered to hold permanent domicile in a state, province, or country outside of the state of Utah, and pays tuition at the out-of-state rate. Initial residency coding is completed at the time of admissions application evaluations, and is based on Utah state law, Board of Regents R512 policies, and the University of Utah Institutional Policy on Residency Determination for Tuition Purposes. More information can be found in the link: https://admissions.utah.edu/apply/residency/

Applicants who are: on or requesting a visa, have held their permanent resident card for fewer than five years, or have refugee or asylum status.

ACT/SAT scores are not required for admission, merit scholarships (including department scholarships), or direct admission programs (including Engineering). Applications to the University of Utah will be evaluated using a holistic review process that takes into consideration factors such as a student’s high school GPA, course rigor, etc.

An application with all required documents submitted and the application fee has been paid.

The Common Application is an electronic college application system that collects a wide range of information: personal data, educational data, standardized test scores, family information, academic honors, extracurricular activities, work experience, a personal essay, and criminal history. Freshman applicants to the University of Utah will apply via the Common App.

New Student Orientation. As a newly admitted student, you will be required to attend NSO before you can register for classes. At NSO, you will:

  • Discover student involvement opportunities
  • Get your UCard (Student ID)
  • Learn more about academic programs and campus resources
  • Understand what it means to be a part of our commUnity
  • Meet with an advisor or staff member from your academic college
  • Register for first semester courses
  • Receive important materials and information to be a successful student
  • Have fun and make friends!

The date on which an application must be entirety complete in order for the applicant to be considered for merit scholarship. Meeting the priority deadline ensures scholarship consideration as well as the earliest notification date of admission. If you are a high school applicant applying as a first-year freshman, in order to be fully considered for all merit-based scholarships you will need to submit your application and high school transcript by December 1st.

The General Education Development test. A GED certificate with a score of 550 can be used in the place of a high school diploma for admissions purposes.

This site allows you to track your application online to see if all the required items (application, application fee, transcripts) have been submitted and received. To log in to your tracker, you will need your university ID (uNID) and password - your initial default password will be your date of birth in the following format (MMDDYY).

Your university ID (uNID) will be generated upon applying to The University of Utah and will be listed in your acceptance letter. Your uNID will remain the same throughout your entire tenure as a student at The U.