HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR NEWSLETTER
May 2020 Newsletter
Summer is finally here!
It's been a while, and all of us at the University of Utah hope that you and yours are staying safe and healthy! In this month's newsletter we hope to address changes due to COVID- 19, virtual events, deadlines, and frequently asked questions from counselors like yourself!
Office of Admissions Changes due to COVID-19
Although our lobbies are currently closed to walk-in traffic, if you have any questions you can call us at (801) 581-8761 or email the admissions counselor assigned to your school.
Although our admissions counselors are not able to meet with students in person, they are available to talk via video. Students can make an appointment with their assigned admissions counselor here.
Confirm Intent to Enroll
We have extended the deadline to confirm your intent to enroll and pay the enrollment deposit from May 1 to June 1. 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! Orientation will be virtual for students. Sessions fill up fast so we recommend students sign up as soon as possible. Learn more here.
Financial aid offers
Students can 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.
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!
events for students
Although we are currently not having any in person events or campus tours, students can sign up for one of our many virtual events! We have admitted and prospective student information sessions, and college information sessions. You can learn more here.
- Thank you to all the students who have applied so far! Students may still apply for fall admission after the April 1 application deadline. However, applications received after April 1 cannot be guaranteed consideration. All undergraduate late application fees have been suspended for fall 2020. Students can 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. *
- * Due to COVID-19, unofficial transcripts may be sent via high school counselors or college staff and will be used for initial application review. However, any offers of admission based on unofficial transcripts are conditional upon later receipt of an official transcript.
- 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.
- Students may still apply for fall admission after the April 1 application deadline. However, applications received after April 1 cannot be guaranteed consideration. All undergraduate late application fees have been suspended for fall 2020.
- We are on rolling admission and students will receive a decision as one is made.
- 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.