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University Of Utah Admissions Essays

Apply for Admission

At the U, our goal is to give every student the chance to be part of unique learning experiences, and it’s why a degree from the U pays dividends far beyond the paper it’s printed on. Start your story - apply now.

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.

Your application to attend the University of Utah must be been submitted prior to your audition and prior to December 1 (November 1 for Honors) to be considered for all University-wide scholarships and financial aid. Visit the Office of Admissions. Although recommended, you do not need to be accepted to the University in order to audition. To schedule a tour, please read more about different dates and options. 

Apply & Audition

In addition to your application to the University, you also must separately apply to the Ballet Program.

  • You must pre-apply to attend an in-person audition. At our Salt Lake City auditions, applications will still be accepted the day of the audition, but with a late fee of $10.
  • For applicants who are not available to attend an in-person audition either on campus or at one of our national locations, you may audition via video. Videos are due February 13, 2018. View the video requirements. (If auditioning via video, you still must complete our online audition application. You will submit your video there.)
  • When flying to Utah please book your return trip so that you do not need to be to the airport any earlier than 4:00 PM on the day of the audition.
  • Registration for auditions will take place in the foyer of the Marriott Center for Dance 1 hour prior to the audition start time.
  • The audition will consist of a ballet technique class, a pointe or men's class, and a brief interview with faculty members.
  • All audition participants will be considered for acceptance to the Division of Ballet and for scholarships, as well as the Summer Ballet Intensive.)
  • Part of the application process requires a 500-word essay describing, “Why you want to dance at the UofU, what your aspirations are while you are here and after graduation.”

Salt Lake City Audition Dates for 2017–2018

Saturday, November 4, 2017  |  Marriott Center for Dance
Check-in 8:00 am
class from 9:00 – 11:00 am 
Pre-registration is required

Saturday, February 10, 2018 | Marriott Center for Dance
Check-in 8:00 am
class from 9:00 – 11:00 am 
Pre-registration is required
*Special Discount University Guest House Rate for 2/9/2018. This is the closest hotel to our facilities.
 CUTOFF DATE - 1/10/18 Individuals should call 1-888-416-4075 by 5:00pm Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to make reservations via phone. Individuals need to mention the group name Ballet Auditions.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 | Marriott Center for Dance
Check-in 8:00 am
class from 9:00 – 11:00 am 
Pre-registration is required

National Audition Dates for 2018-2019

Memphis | Sunday, December 10, 2017
Check-in 11:30 am
Audition 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Pre-registration is encouraged

Washington D.C. | Sunday, January 7, 2018
Check-in 9:30 am
Audition 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pre-registration is encouraged

Seattle | Sunday, January 14, 2018
Check-in 5:00 pm
Audition 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Pre-registration is encouraged

San Francisco | Saturday, January 20, 2018
Check-in 4:30 pm
Audition 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pre-registration is encouraged

Los Angeles | Sunday, January 21, 2018
Check-in 1:00-2:00 
Audition 2:00-4:00
Pre-registration is encouraged

Chicago | Friday January 26, 2018
Check-in 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Audition 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Pre-registration is encouraged

Nashville | Sunday, January 28, 2018
Check-in 11:30 am - 12 pm
Audition 12 pm - 2:00 pm
Pre-registration is encouraged

In order for your application to be complete, you must do the following two things:
1. Apply to Audition
2. Pay Your Audition Fee

Applications without payment will not be processed.

National Audition Locations and Dates for 2019-2020

To be Decided
Please email  or call us at 801-585-5527 with any questions, the locations below do not have information about our auditions.


Summer Intensive 2018

Spend four amazing weeks working with internationally recognized faculty and guest artists. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet choreographers and dancers from across the nation and the world, and explore the beautiful Utah outdoors.

Summer Intensive Information.

Visit Us

Schedule a tour of the Marriott Center for Dance and/or the University of Utah
Tours available 9am on Fridays.


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