The University of Utah Graduate School recognizes that COVID-19 has created substantial challenges for those applying for admission to graduate school. The Graduate School and the Directors of individual graduate programs recognize these issues and are taking steps to actively support the individual circumstances of each applicant. We have advised admissions committees for graduate programs to keep the disruptions of COVID-19 in mind and develop new flexible, holistic ways to evaluate your preparation for graduate studies at the U. Prospective students should contact individual graduate programs to learn of specific plans for accepting students and/or updates to program admissions criteria. We encourage you to apply to our graduate programs, where you will find supportive and stimulating environments!
Graduate applicants to the University of Utah are students who have completed the equivalent of a U.S. four-year Bachelor’s degree at either a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an institution recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education in their home country.
All prospective graduate students, including University of Utah seniors, apply for admission through the University of Utah ApplyYourself online application system, found at each graduate program’s website.
International applicants should apply at least 90 days in advance.
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All international graduate applicants to the University of Utah must meet the following minimum Graduate School requirements:
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university or from an institution recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education in their home country. The Office of International Admissions will determine if applicants with international degrees meet the Graduate School's requirement of a recognized Bachelor's degree.
- At least a 3.0 or higher undergraduate weighted mean GPA on a 4.0 scale. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, a GPA will be calculated for the last two years attended if schooling was done at a foreign institution, and based upon the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) if the student attended a U.S. institution.
- Meet the academic department’s admission standards and receive a recommendation for admission to their program.
Graduate applicants access the online application directly through their department’s website.
F-1 Visa Applicants Who Currently Live Outside of the US:
-If you will be seeking F-1 student visa, we cannot guarantee we will be able to issue an initial 1-20 Certificate of Eligibility if both of the following have not taken place before the deadlines below:
· An admissions decision has been reached
· ALL immigration documents have been received and verified
-For any further questions related to this timeline please contact our office. The immigration document deadlines for students living outside the United States are as follows:
· Spring 2020: November 1st, 2019
· Summer 2020: April 1st, 2020
· Fall 2020: June 1st, 2020
Pay the Application Fee
- The non-refundable graduate application fee for international applicants is $65. Applications submitted after the application deadline will incur an additional $30 late fee, even if an academic department has a later deadline. Applications are not complete until the application fee has been paid. Please do not send cash.
- Some academic programs cover the cost (or the partial cost) of the application fee for their applicants. Please check the department’s website to determine the exact application fee. McNair Scholars are eligible to have their application fee waived, but they must upload proof of status to the online graduate application.
Upload all required documents
- Applicants must upload a copy of all post-secondary transcripts to their application. These transcripts will be used as working copies during the admissions evaluation process. Failure to list all schools previously attended or making false or misleading statements on the application may result in cancellation of admission status and/or loss of credit.
- Transcripts (mark sheets, school records, grades) for all post-secondary schools attended. Official English translations must be provided if the transcripts are only in the native language.
- In addition to academic transcripts, applicants must upload any additional documents required by the academic department/program. Examples of items frequently requested by departments include:
1. Letters of Recommendation
2. Statement of Purpose
4. Test Scores, such as the GRE or GMAT.
- The University of Utah ETS code is 4853. The Office of Admissions does not have a department code. Departments may require test scores sent directly to their department code. Please check the department's website for additional information.
- Unofficial transcripts are acceptable to complete the admissions application and can be scanned or e-mailed directly to email@example.com.
- Before starting classes at the University of Utah, students must submit an official copy of their post-secondary school transcripts and proof of graduation directly to the Office of Admissions.
- Official printed transcripts can be dropped off in a closed envelope sealed with adhesive at the International Admissions service window in the Student Services Building (SSB) or mailed to:
The University of Utah
201 South 1460 East, Room 250s
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA
*Please do not send official international transcripts via email or fax as they will not be accepted as official.
- If your international school uses the following electronic transcript services they will be considered official:
- Credentials Solutions
- National Student Clearing House
- eScrip Safe
*When requesting your transcripts using any of these services please use this email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
English language proficiency is critical to your success at the University of Utah. Please see how applicants can demonstrate English proficiency.
Complete and Submit the Application
The University of Utah will evaluate an application only after we receive all required fees and documents, including transcripts and proof of English proficiency. All documents submitted to the University of Utah become its property and will not be released to students or other institutions.
Track Your Application Status
Your application will be evaluated once we receive a completed application, application fee, 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.
Once the academic department/program admissions committee decides what applicants they want to recommend for admission, the academic department/program will complete the department’s referral form advising the University Office of Admissions of their admission decisions.
Once academic departments/programs complete the department referral form, the University Office of Admissions will do a final review of all applicants to determine that the applicants meet the Graduate School admissions requirements.
If the applicants meet all admissions criteria and the academic department/program has recommended them for admission to their respective degree program, the Office of Admissions will complete the admission processes and notify the applicants.
The official Letter of Acceptance for applicants that are admitted will be sent by postal mail from the University Office of Admissions.
When a decision has been posted in an applicant’s ApplyYourself account, an email will be sent advising the applicant to sign in to their ApplyYourself account to view the decision.
POLICY REGARDING ACCEPTING AN OFFER OF ADMISSION AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The University of Utah is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools and supports their "April 15 Resolution," which outlines the obligations of graduate institutions and prospective graduate students regarding offers and acceptances of financial support. The resolution reads: "Acceptance of an offer of financial support* (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.
Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution or a link to the URL should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer.
This Resolution was renewed October 2009. *This Resolution applies to offers of financial support only, not offers of admission. Reference Source is An Essential Guide to Graduate Admissions, published by the Council of Graduate Schools. Information may also be found at the Council of Graduate Schools website at http://www.cgsnet.org/april-15-resolution.
Continuous Registration Requirement & Leave of ABSENCE
An offer of acceptance is valid only for the semester the applicant is admitted. If an applicant does not attend during his/her admitted term, the applicant must reapply through the ApplyYourself online graduate admissions application and pay the application fee before the application deadline for the semester he/she wishes to begin.
Once admitted and enrolled, graduate students are required by Graduate School policy to maintain continuous registration during the academic year of fall and spring semesters.
- If a graduate student must withdraw he/she should file for a Leave of Absence through their academic program/department. Review the form that must be completed.
-All international students must clear their intended Leave of Absence with the Office of International Student and Scholar Service.
- Students failing to maintain continuous registration and who have not been granted an official leave of absence will be discontinued in their graduate program.
Readmitting to your graduate program
Graduate School Policy states that graduate students are required to maintain continuous registration and must acquire permission from their Graduate Department for a "Leave of Absence" before leaving the University. A graduate student who fails to register for a term (excluding summer term) and does not file for a leave of absence is immediately made ineligible to register for future terms.
- Continuing students that have been discontinued will be required to apply for readmission into their graduate program.
- If you are a previous graduate student that did not maintain continuous registration in your academic program, you must reapply through the ApplyYourself online graduate admissions application found at each graduate program's website.