November High School Counselor Newsletter


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Brr! There is a chill arriving, and so is our second early action date! In this month's newsletter, we hope to address future events, upcoming deadlines, and frequently asked questions from counselors like yourself!

Exciting News

The For Utah Scholarship

On November 7th we announced the For Utah Scholarship. This initiative covers four years of tuition and fees for Pell Grant-eligible Utah residents who are first-time freshmen with a high school GPA of 3.2. We encourage students to file their FAFSA to see if they qualify. You can learn more here.


On November 6th the University of Utah was invited to join the Association of American Universities (AAU). This prestigious association has been recognizing outstanding academic institutions for more than 100 years, and we are so happy to have been given this opportunity! This year's invitations are the first since 2012! You can learn more about AAU and their invitation here.

Huntsman $150 million giFT

On November 4th the Hunstman family committed $150 million to the University of Utah for the establishment of a mental health institution. This institute will be a place of research, care, community outreach, and a model for other institutions around the nation. This is a truly exciting time at the U! To find out more about this amazing gift, click here.

Things You Should Know 

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  • Thank you ALL for your support leading up to our early action date! And a giant thank you to all the students who have applied by this date! 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.
  • We are excited to announce that the University of Utah is moving our admissions decisions to electronic notifications! This move means that students will be learning their admissions decision sooner!
  • Those who applied by our first early action application date for Fall 2020 (November 1, 2019) will receive their admissions decision by email on January 15, 2020
  • Those who apply by our second early action date is February 1, 2020, will receive their admissions decisions on March 1, 2020.
  • Students may also view their admissions decisions online at
  • For a more detailed list of upcoming deadlines, as well as a helpful application timeline, go here.
  • Recently, we have received questions as to whether or not the University of Utah Office of Admissions will be reaching out to schools to request transcripts or pull electronic transcripts for students who have applied for admission.  Currently, the U does not reach out to high schools requesting missing transcripts and we are not able to pull electronic transcripts from any central transcript system. As such, students are responsible for requesting that the appropriate person at their high school send transcripts to the U through one of the approved methods identified here.
  • We are no longer accepting transcripts through Counselors are encouraged to submit official transcripts electronically through the Common Application. Alternatively, official transcripts can still be sent through one of the following electronic services, by mail or in person.
    Electronic Transcripts

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

         Mail or in Person

    • The University of UtahOffice of Admissions
      201 South 1460 East, Room 250S
      Salt Lake City, UT 84112
  • The 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available at 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.


admissions counselors 
  • We encourage students to contact their admissions counselor if they have questions during the application process. Students can search for their assigned counselor here.
Questions & Survey 
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us! The Office of Admissions email is and our phone number is 801-581-8761. We'd also love to hear your feedback! You can find a short survey here, or feel free to reach out to us directly!

events for students


Financial Aid Workshops

Do your students need help with completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or scholarship applications? Check out the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid's series of workshops!
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Engineering Day 2019

Engineering Day is designed to introduce participants to a variety of engineering disciplines. Participants will have the opportunity to tour facilities, learn about current research projects, and attend exciting engineering presentations and demonstrations. Lab tour space is limited and participants are required to register for sessions. Registration opens October 28th and the event is November 23rd. 
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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.
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Monthly College highlight

College of Mines and Earth Sciences

At the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, we are putting physics, chemistry, biology, math, and earth science tools to use in the pursuit of a deeper understanding of Earth and a better world for us all. The College of Mines and Earth Sciences is committed to helping students grow as scientists, engineers, individuals, and community members by providing hands-on experiences, undergraduate research, small class sizes, and scholarship support.

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