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Identifying applicants who are well prepared for academic success is one of the keys to providing our students with an extraordinary undergraduate experience. We evaluate applicants through a holistic review process, which helps ensure we give all students the best opportunity to present a complete picture of their qualifications. Our holistic review includes consideration of the following:

Fall 2016 Middle 50% Profile of Enrolled First-Time Freshman

Ever wondered what the freshman student body looks like at the University of Utah? To help you understand what our student body is, here are some Fall 2016 numbers:

Entering Class Size




ACT Composite


SAT (ERW & Math)


Non-graduates, Home school, Certificate of Completion, and Non-Accredited High Schools

Additional Guidelines

Students admitted prior to high school graduation must complete their senior year satisfactorily and have a final high school transcript sent for review.

Likelihood of admission may also depend on the quality of the applicant pool and University enrollment goals.

If you do not meet the above requirements, it is likely you will not be admitted. Consider attending another regionally accredited college or university and reapply after you have 30 semester or 45 quarter transferable credits with at least a 2.6 GPA.

Some applicants not meeting the admission standards may be considered for admission on an exception basis if their special talents or diversity enhances the institution's life and character.

Read the Admission Standards for Non-graduates, Home school, Certificate of Completion, and Non-Accredited High Schools

Different admission standards apply to non-high school graduates, graduates from non-accredited high schools, Home school students, and Utah students who receive a Certificate of Completion from a Utah high school.

In addition to the Admission Application and fees, additional documentation is required:

  • An official high school transcript, including date of graduation. Home schooled students can submit a list of courses completed. 
  • Scores from the General Education Development (GED) test.
  • ACT or SAT scores sent electronically by the testing company.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Applicant's high school class has graduated.
  • ACT composite score is at least 23 (SAT Critical Reading and Math total score is 1050)*.
  • GED composite of 550 or higher and all subscores are 500 or higher. Update: for 2014 GED exam takers, candidates must score 150 or greater on all sections (on the 100-200 2014 GED scale).

In addition to these requirements, all applications will receive an individualized/holistic review. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the University.

*Students with a 25 ACT (1130 SAT) are not required to take the GED. Note: Students who do not graduate from high school may need to take the GED to qualify for financial aid. Learn more from the Financial Aid Office at 801-581-6211.

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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Learn more by choosing an option below:


Students who will have graduated from high school and have earned no transferrable college credit after high school.


Students with college credit after high school.


Students who have citizenship outside the United States.


Students who graduated from high school seven or more years prior to applying, and have not attended another college or university.

Early Admission

Eligible students may attend after completing the 11th grade.

Non-degree seeking? 

Learn about how to apply to the U.

Completing the Application

Types of Questions

It helps to be prepared to answer the following questions before beginning the application.  If you need to stop and restart your application you will be allowed. Please be sure to fully complete the application before submitting it. If you apply before the December 1 priority deadline, you will be automatically considered for merit and diversity scholarships. 

You will be asked about your academic history (including GPA, ACT/SAT Test Scores, and courses taken), honors and awards, athletic participation, leadership roles and activities (including volunteering), work experience, and any special circumstances that may have affected your academic achievement.

Honors Essay

Undergraduate applicants will have the opportunity to apply to the Honors College by answering the following questions*:

The Honors College at the University of Utah offers the nation’s only Praxis Labs. Honors College Praxis Labs gather students from different majors to collaborate on innovative project-based solutions to big societal challenges. Students in these classes analyze a topic through in-depth classroom and field research such as lectures, panels, one-on-one interviews, readings and off-campus trips. After problems have been identified, students work together to put their solutions and ideas into action in the community.

Please submit both of your responses as one single document. Make sure to include your name and date of birth.

(In 500 words)  Tell us about an issue or subject that fascinates you and why. What resources do you rely on when you want to learn more?


(In 50 words) What interests you about the Liberal Arts and Sciences education (hint: look this term up) offered by the Honors College?

*The Honors College priority application deadline is November 1.

Learn more about the Honors College admission process by visiting their website.

Paying the fee

After completing the application, you will be asked to pay the application fee. Some students may be eligible to waive the fee.

Privacy Act Notice & your Social Security Number

Your Social Security Number can help expedite enrollment and financial aid, but is not required.

The University confidentially maintains all application information, including your Social Security Number, which is used routinely to facilitate document matching, verify your identity, and expedite your enrollment and financial aid. Disclosure of your Social Security Number is voluntary, but failure to provide your Social Security Number may result in delay and confusion regarding your identity, and once admitted, could result in delay or loss of federal and state financial aid, tax credits, student loan deferments, veteran benefits, and other benefits under law.

Please note that the application is only valid for the semester in which you apply. If you do not attend classes for the term in which you applied, you must submit another admissions application and fee to be considered for a subsequent semester.

Making false or misleading statements on the application or failing to list all institutions attended may result in cancellation of admission status and/or loss of credit.

Admission requirements, deadlines, and fees are subject to change without prior notice.

All documents submitted to the University of Utah become its property and will not be released to students or other institutions.  Admission applications and transcripts are destroyed after one year for students who do not attend.