HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR NEWSLETTER
March 2020 Newsletter
Admissions notifications update
Students who met the February 1 application date were notified on February 27 via email and text, and we will be mailing letters as well. If a student's file was not complete by February 1, then we will begin releasing admission decisions on a rolling basis in mid-March.
Students that have not yet applied still have time. Our final deadline is April 1.
Confirm intent to enroll
Admitted students need to confirm their intent to enroll and pay their enrollment deposit before May 1st. Students who have confirmed their intent to enroll but feel the $300 enrollment deposit is a financial burden may request an extension. More information can be found here!
New student orientation
Once students have confirmed their intent to enroll and paid the deposit or requested an extension, they can register for orientation! Sessions fill up fast so we recommend students sign up as soon as possible. Learn more here.
Financial aid offers
Students admitted on March 1 got their financial aid offers on March 2. These offers were sent electronically to your students’ UMail accounts (information on how to set up and access their UMail accounts can be found here). 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 opened on February 10, 2020. 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 increase access to 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 opportunities and apply for them here!
Housing & Residential 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!
Academic Advising Center
At the University of Utah, advisors are the first stop when students have a question and the last stop as students celebrate and plan for graduation. Both within specific majors and across the university, advisors create environments and resources wherein students can make informed decisions, make progress in their degrees, find ways to be engaged both inside and outside of the classroom, and ultimately, develop skills needed to succeed professionally.
We've recently seen some questions from students about sports on campus and we're excited to address this in a new section in our newsletter! Involvement opportunities will highlight extracurricular activities that students can become a part of at the U.
Students interested in participating in sports can look into the Intramural Sports Program from Campus Recreation Services.
- Thank you to all the students who have applied so far! We are still accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester! Our final deadline is April 1. 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, received 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.