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Utah Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Utah, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 81%, admission to Utah is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 25.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Utah admission statistics.


Utah Admissions Statistics

Utah’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 81%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 12,174 applicants, Utah admitted about 9,913. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.59, the average ACT score was 25, and the average SAT score was 1230.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 21, and the 75th percentile score was 28.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1090. The 75th percentile score was 1360.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Utah is very competitive. Even if Utah is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Utah’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Utah Application Requirements

To apply to Utah, you’ll need to fill out the Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $55 application fee, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by November 1.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Online Application, and pay an application fee of $55
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is November 1st. Notifications are released on January 15th for students.

Have you been admitted to Utah? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Utah Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Utah, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 54% are male and 46% are female
  • 4.5% of students are international

Utah has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 4.5%
  • Underrepresented minority: 2.4%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • White: 71.8%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Utah offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Economics

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Utah Tuition Figures

At $41,355, Utah’s cost of attendance is definitely high. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $7,029.

Here’s a fuller look at Utah tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $41,355
  • Average financial aid package: $7,029
  • The average student debt of a Utah graduate is $21,091

Now, what is life like at Utah? Let’s take a look.


Utah Location

Utah’s main campus is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The campus is ranked 3rd by the EPA for its annual green power usage among universities. 31% of its total power comes from wind and solar sources.

Remember, you’re going to Utah for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Utah Academics

Utah has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Anthropology
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Iranian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Political Science and Government

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Utah.


Student Life at Utah

Utah has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Utah’s student activities:

  • C0d3
  • A++ Aikido Dojo
  • Anthropology Club
  • Japanese Language Society
  • Argentine Tango Club
  • Hip Hop Club
  • Pad Pals U
  • Rosebud Film Club
  • The Animation Crew
  • Video Production Club
  • Alternative Breaks
  • Empowered Amigo
  • Student Refugee Alliance
  • Take Care Utah
  • Black Student Union
  • Cross Culture Club
  • Queer and Trans Students of Color

Are you an athlete? Utah’s got plenty of options for you.


Utah Athletics

Utah offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Utah’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Utah degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Cal Tech has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Atari founder Nolan Bushnell
  • Pixar co-founder Edwin Catmull
  • Jet Blue founder David Neeleman
  • Author Orson Scott Card
  • Artist Paul McCarthy
  • ESPN reporter Holly Rowe
  • NFL player Andre Dyson
  • Actor Matthew Davis
  • Laptop computer creator Alan Kay
  • Winamp creator Justin Frankel
  • Entrepreneur Jim Clark

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Utah is still competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

Shark Tank Winner, Perfect SAT Scorer, Dermatologist, & #1 Bestselling Author
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