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Students should apply as an international freshman applicant if they:

  • are a non-U.S. citizen or non-Permanent Resident and;
  • have completed secondary school (equivalent to U.S. grades 9-12)

Students who have previously enrolled at another college or university and have earned 12 or more transferable credits should apply as an international transfer student.

Admission Requirements

A strong academic foundation is the key to a successful admission application. International freshman applicants must complete secondary school (equivalent to U.S. grades 9-12) and be eligible to enter a university in their own country prior to the expected entry date to the University of Connecticut.  

International applicants should have college preparatory coursework in the core subjects of English (if offered), mathematics, physical science, and social science reflected throughout their high school academic careers. Students applying to the school of Nursing or Engineering must have taken secondary school level physics and chemistry.

International students who have completed all four years of secondary school in the U.S. are required to meet the domestic freshman admission requirements.

Dates and Deadlines

Fall Semester​

December 1

Priority Freshman Application Deadline for Honors Consideration

Admissions decision notification begins March 1

December 1

Special Programs in Medicine, Dental Medicine, Law and Pharmacy


January 15

Storrs Campus Application Deadline

Admissions decision notification begins March 1

July 1

Regional Campus Freshman Application Deadline

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis

Spring Semester

October 1

Freshman Application Deadline for all UConn Campuses

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis

Please allow several business days for document processing. All documents must be received by the application deadline to be considered on time. Late applications and applications not completed by the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Admitted students have until May 1 to secure their place at UConn by paying their enrollment deposit. Admission decisions made after May 1 have an enrollment deposit deadline of two weeks from the date of the decision notification.

Application Instructions

A completed international freshman application includes:

$80 Application Fee (non-refundable)

Submission of the $80 application fee (non-refundable) is available through the chosen application. Check or money order is also an acceptable form of payment and should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly with the applicant’s name (as seen on the application) and date of birth.

Essay & Two Optional Letters of Recommendation

The personal essay is required and provides the applicant an opportunity to add a unique voice to the application as well as demonstrate writing ability. The personal essay is a component on the Common Application or the Coalition Application and should range between 250 – 650 words.

Two letters of recommendation are optional but can distinguish an applicant’s character and are preferred. Recommendation letters can be sent electronically, by fax, or by postal mail.

Official Secondary School Transcripts

Your submitted high school transcript(s) should include your senior classes, class rank (if applicable), and latest grades earned. Postsecondary official transcript(s) from each institution attended are also required whether or not credit is desired or expected. Transcripts must be submitted to UConn directly from the secondary institution, either electronically or by mail in a sealed envelope.

All academic credentials not written in English must be accompanied by an official, certified English translation.

Official SAT or ACT Scores

UConn requires official SAT or ACT scores to be sent directly from the appropriate test provider. Scores will not be taken from school transcripts as an official score report. The writing section of the SAT or ACT is not required or used in the application process. We will combine the highest scores from each subsection of an exam to create the best overall score (within same exam formats) for exams taken more than once. Fall applicants are strongly encouraged to take the exam prior to December to assure scores are received by the application deadline of January 15. SAT or ACT scores are not required if you are 25 years or older at the time of application.

Institutional Codes: SAT - 3915, ACT - 0604

English Proficiency Requirement

International applicants whose primary language is not English must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. TOEFL or IELTS test scores can also be a valuable supplement to unsatisfactory Critical Reading SAT test scores. The minimum score requirement for the TOEFL is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum score requirement for the IELTS exam is 6.5. Test scores must be sent directly to the University of Connecticut from the respective test provider.  Meeting the minimum score requirements does not guarantee admission into the University.

Fine Arts Applicants

Programs in Acting, Art, Design/Technical Theatre, Music, Puppetry, and Theatre Studies require either a portfolio, audition, or interview in addition to the undergraduate application. Admission decisions for these programs will not be made until the Office of Undergraduate Admissions receives results of your portfolio review, audition, or interview. Electronic submission through SlideRoom is available for most Fine Arts majors.

A high school transcript showing graduation date, or GED, is required for all transfer applicants regardless of academic attainment. All academic credentials not written in English must be accompanied by an official, certified English translation.

Secondary School Transcripts

Official high school transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope directly from your school to UConn, and must reflect your date of graduation.

GED Records

If you have completed the State High School Equivalency Diploma (GED), send the Office of Undergraduate Admissions an official copy of your diploma and a complete set of scores.

Home Schooled Applicants

Students who are home schooled should submit their transcript(s) and an outline of their academic curriculum. Please ensure that your outline is specific and comprehensive. Students should submit syllabi, portfolios or learning logs, and official college transcripts, if applicable. Please indicate whether your curriculum has been conducted under an accredited program. Your documentation should verify that your home school program meets the high school graduation requirements of your home town. Materials submitted must reflect your date of graduation.