HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR NEWSLETTER
February 2020 Newsletter
Welcome to February. This is another busy month at the U with several things that will be of interest to your students—preparation for the second round admission notifications on March 1 is underway, on-campus housing applications opens on February 10, Admitted Student Receptions for Utah residents begin February 11, first round of financial aid offers sent out February 20, and Future Freshman Fridays begin February 21. You can learn more about all these opportunities in the newsletter below.
On a final note, how are you going to take advantage of the extra day this month? How about some well-deserved R&R? Thank you for all that you do to support your students and the University of Utah.
Mateo Remsburg, Ed.D.
Director of Recruitment
Admissions notifications update
The start of the month brings with it our second early action deadline of February 1. We are about done reviewing all the complete application files in preparation for our March 1 admission notification release. Students who met the February 1 application date will be notified on March 1 via text, email, and we will be mailing letters as well. Your students can confirm if their application file is complete by logging in to their application tracker. If their file was not complete by February 1, then we will begin releasing admission decisions on a rolling basis in mid-March.
Financial aid offers
We are really excited to announce that we will be releasing financial aid offers earlier than ever before. Students who were admitted on January 15 will receive their financial aid offers beginning February 20. These offers will be sent electronically to your students’ UMail accounts (information on how to set up and access their UMail accounts can be found here). Students admitted on March 1 will get their financial aid offers on March 2. If students do not receive a notification, they are encouraged to check their financial aid status in their Campus Information Services portal or contact the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA). Any questions your students have regarding their award should also be directed to UOSFA. We have financial aid counselors that are available to work with students and families on how best to fund their U education.
The on-campus housing application for the Fall 2020 semester opens February 10, 2020. In order to apply for housing, students must first be admitted to the U. Other important dates related to living on campus include.
- March 10 – Priority Deadline for students wanting to live in one of our Living Learning Communities (LLC)
- April 1 – Priority Housing Deadline
- March 29 to April 5 – LLC Reservations
- April 15 to 24 – First-Year Reservations
- April 25 – Open Sign Up Begins
Students who received an admission application fee waiver are also eligible to receive a housing application fee waiver as well. Students need to contact the housing office to request this fee waiver once they have applied for housing.
There are so many housing options for students we are sure your students can find one to meet their needs, including our new Kahlert Village which will open with almost 1,000 new beds this fall. Check out this video for more information on Kahlert Village.
Due to high demand, we encourage students who are interested in living on-campus to submit their application as soon as possible once they are admitted.
The For Utah Scholarship
We are still working to spread the word about the For Utah Scholarship, which covers four years of tuition and fees for Pell Grant-eligible Utah residents who are first-time freshmen with a high school GPA of at least 3.2. To be considered, students will need to file their FAFSA and have their information sent to the U (our school code is 003675). More about the For Utah Scholarship can be found here! This is just another way the U is working to increasing access to the all students in Utah.
Beyond our merit scholarships, there are additional scholarships from entities across campus available to students. Your students can find more information on these oppurtunities and apply for them here!
ACCESS: Supporting Women in Science and Mathematics
College of Science
The ACCESS Scholarship provides freshmen and transfer students with a supportive path into STEM degrees and careers. Students with a passion for STEM, who are committed to advancing gender equity in science and engineering, are invited to apply. ACCESS welcomes and supports students majoring in all STEM disciplines. The ACCESS Scholarship and first year experience is valued at $4500.00.The scholarship covers all educational expenses associated with ACCESS, including a monetary award, summer residential experience (freshmen live on campus), and earning upper-division course credits.
Deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. Go to science.utah.edu/access/ for more information.
Housing & Residenital education scholarships
Housing has launched three scholarship opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year. The scholarships can be found here. Applications are due March 16, 2020. Students will be notified about scholarship decisions on April 6, 2020.
events for students
Admitted Student Events
Our admitted students events are starting this month! We have receptions around Utah and the West Coast, as well as our Future Freshman Fridays on campus. Students can register here.
Honors Choice Days
Honors Choice days are designed for accepted incoming Honors students. Guests will participate in sessions covering an overview of Honors, Integrated Pathways, the student perspective and time with faculty and advisors. Students can register here!
Best of the West: California Tour
We will be visiting high schools for the Best of the West tour along with other Pac-12 schools. California students can register here sarting January 13th.
Win $30K in the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge
The High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (HSUEC) is an opportunity for students to showcase their innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, and win $30,000 in cash and prizes. All Utah high school students, ages 14-18, are welcome to compete. Register by Feb. 19, 2020. The program is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the U and sponsored by Zions Bank. Learn more here!
Passageways to the Law
Students are encouraged to join the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law for Passageways to the Law, a unique program highlighting the many opportunities and career options in the legal field. The event is Feb. 28, from 12 to 4:30 pm. Students can come see what it’s like to be a law school student. The event is free and includes lunch! It is open to all students, particularly those of historically underrepresented communities. Learn more here.
College of Fine Arts
The University of Utah College of Fine Arts includes five vibrant and immersive academic units that are producing the next generation of creative makers and thinkers: Art & Art History, Dance, Film & Media Arts, Music, and Theatre. The CFA is where you can find your voice, fuel your passion, and ignite your future.
- Thank you to all the students who have applied so far! We are still accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester! Please encourage your students to apply online.
- Letters of recommendation and personal essays are not required for an application for admission to the University of Utah. To keep the admission evaluation process consistent across all applicants, the Office of Admissions does not review letters of recommendation and personal essays submitted with an application for admission. However, 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.
- We urge students to complete the additional information section of the Common Application for our team to get a more complete background of the applicants.
- Students can track their application here: admissions.utah.edu/track/.
- Please note that official high school transcripts and official ACT/SAT scores are required for an application to be considered complete.
- Students can request a fee waiver through the Common App. However, the counselor they identify on their application will have to verify the student qualifies for the fee waiver through the Common Application as well.
- If the waiver is not submitted through the Common Application then students can find the NACAC Freshman Fee Waiver Form on the following webpage: admissions.utah.edu/fee-waiver/. The completed form can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Official transcripts can be sent through one of the following electronic services, by mail, or in person.
- Common App
- Credential Solutions
- National Student Clearinghouse
Mail or in Person:
- The University of Utah Office of Admissions
201 South 1460 East, Room 250S
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
- Reminder! Please have students use the same name on their transcripts when they sign up for the ACT/SAT.
- Those who completed their application by our second early action date, February 1, 2020, will receive their admissions decision on March 1, 2020.
- Students who submit a completed admission application after February 1 will be admitted on a rolling admissions basis with notifications going out daily beginning March 15, 2020.
- Admitted students can find information on confirming their intent to enroll and other next steps here: admissions.utah.edu/admitted.
- The 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at fafsa.gov. The University of Utah's school code is 003675. Students can learn more about filing the FAFSA and scholarship resources at the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website.
- The U participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and more information can be found here.
- Do you know who your admissions counselor is? We assign a counselor to each school to be your go to person for all things U of U. You can find your assigned counselor here.