Test Optional

Test Optional FAQ


The University of Utah is Test Optional for freshman applications for Fall 2022 admission. ACT/SAT scores are not required for admission, merit scholarships (including department scholarships), or direct admission programs (including Engineering). Freshman applications to the University of Utah for Fall 2022 will be evaluated using a holistic review process that takes into consideration factors such as a student’s high school GPA, course rigor, etc. Read more about test-optional pilot study here.

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If students have already taken the exam, they can choose to submit those scores to our office for review. Students will not be penalized in any way if they do not submit a test score, nor will they be specifically advantaged for submitting one.

If an applicant responds to the following question on the Common Application with an answer of YES, the application will not be considered complete and therefore will not be reviewed for admission or merit scholarships until the official test scores have been received by our office.   "Would you like your official ACT or SAT scores considered for admission to the university? "

Applicants who are homeschooled or who attend a high school that is not regionally accredited MUST submit an SAT or ACT score—their applications will not be considered complete until these scores are received. Applications that are not fully completed by December 1 (for Summer/Fall 2022 applicants) or November 1 (for Spring 2022 applicants) will not be considered for merit-based scholarships.

Applicants who have the option of submitting SAT or ACT scores and would like them to be considered are encouraged to send these scores as soon as possible when applying.

  • Students applying by the December 1 early action/scholarship deadline must have their official test scores in their admissions file by December 1 for us to guarantee their consideration.
  • Students applying for the Fall 2022 term on a rolling basis (i.e., after December 1) will have 30 calendar days from when they submit their application for us to receive their SAT or ACT for consideration. Any files, however, that do not have test scores received by the application deadline of April 1 may be reviewed without test scores.
  • Students applying for the Summer 2022 term on a rolling basis (i.e., after December 1) will have 30 calendar days from when they submit their application for us to receive their SAT or ACT for consideration. Any files, however, that do not have test scores received by the application deadline of March 1 may be reviewed without test scores.
  • Students for the Spring 2022 term on a rolling basis will have 30 calendar days from when they submit their application for us to receive their SAT or ACT for consideration. Any files, however, that do not have test scores received by the application deadline of November 1 may be reviewed without test scores.
  • We do not have a cutoff GPA for admission, but the middle 50% of our admitted class has between a 3.46 – 3.93. That means that 25% of our class has a GPA above this range and 25% of our class has a GPA below this range.

No, the For Utah scholarship is based on Pell eligibility.  You will need to submit a FAFSA.

Yes. With the growing number of test cancellations we will be test optional for admissions and merit scholarship consideration.

If an applicant responds to the following question on the Common Application with an answer of YES, the application will not be considered complete and therefore will not be reviewed for admission or merit scholarships until the official test scores have been received by our office.   "Would you like your official ACT or SAT scores considered for admission to the university?"

No. Test scores are not required for any direct admissions programs.

If an applicant responds to the following question on the Common Application with an answer of YES, the application will not be considered complete and therefore will not be reviewed for admission or merit scholarships until the official test scores have been received by our office.   "Would you like your official ACT or SAT scores considered for admission to the university?"

ACT/SAT scores are not required. Follow the essay prompts in the Common Application to apply to the Honors College.

If an applicant responds to the following question on the Common Application with an answer of YES, the application will not be considered complete and therefore will not be reviewed for admission or merit scholarships until the official test scores have been received by our office.   "Would you like your official ACT or SAT scores considered for admission to the university?"

 

 

Yes. Students who meet one or more of the following criteria will be required to submit standardized test scores:

  • Have attended and will graduate from a home school
  • Students who will not graduate from high school and have or will earn a GED
  • Students who attended and will graduate from a school that is not regionally accredited

All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency. We know that our international students have
the greatest potential for success when they have an effective comprehension of the English language. Visit
admissions.utah.edu/english-proficiency to view approved ways to demonstrate English language proficiency.

An official test score is one that comes directly from the testing agency to the Office of Admissions. Test scores listed on transcripts or sent by anyone other than the testing agency are not considered official by the University of Utah.

It can take a few weeks for scores to be sent by the testing agency and processed by our office. We work as quickly as possible to upload these, but we encourage you to send your test scores as soon as possible if you want to guarantee their consideration.

Please contact your admission counselor letting them know your name, UNID, and the change you would like to make. You can find your admission counselor here: Meet your Counselors | Admissions (utah.edu). If you are requesting to now have your test scores considered, you will be held to the timelines listed above.