University of Utah Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of the University of Utah

The University of Utah is a public research institution situated in Salt Lake City. The institution has a large selection of over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. For its strength in the liberal arts and sciences, the University of Utah was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The Utah Utes play in the NCAA Division I Pac 12 Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 32,994 (24,743 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53 percent male/47 percent female
  • 75 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,498 (in-state); $30,132 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $996
  • Room and Board: $10,684
  • Other Expenses: $3,574
  • Total Cost: $24,752 (in-state); $45,386 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 85 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76 percent
    • Loans: 30 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,505
    • Loans: $7,592

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Psychology, General; Economics, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 32 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Skiing-Snowboarding, Swimming and Diving, Tennis
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Skiing-Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball

Overview of University of Utah Admissions

The University of Utah, which accepts over two-thirds of applicants, has a moderately selective admissions procedure. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, the University of Utah had an acceptance rate of 67%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 67 students gained admission, making U of U’s admissions procedure moderately competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, 25% of students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most U of U’s students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. 50% of students scored between 570 and 670 on the evidence-based reading and writing part, while 25% scored under 570 and 25% scored over 670. 50% of students scored between 560 and 680 on the math part, while 25% scored under 560, and 25% scored over 680. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1350 or higher will be particularly competitive for the University of Utah.

ACT Requirements and Scores

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, 83% of students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of the University of Utah’s students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The mean 50% of students received a cumulative ACT score between 22 and 29, while 25% scored over 29, and 25% scored under 22.


In 2019, the mean 50% of the incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.42 to 3.92. 25% had a GPA of over 3.92, and 25% had a GPA under 3.42. Successful applicants have A and B grades primarily.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for the University of Utah, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If the University of Utah is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for the University of Utah, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of California, Davis, Chapman University, Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than the University of Utah. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Washington, Stony Brook University, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, University of Connecticut, University of California, Irvine

Applying to the University of Utah

Application Deadline: April 1

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