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Your chances of getting into University of Utah

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for University of Utah
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Utah is 95%.  Its admission rate is the 8th lowest in Utah.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Utah and can you get accepted?

University of Utah is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 17,381 out of the 18,302 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 32 percent on standardized admission tests. University of Utah typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.64. 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Utah?

95% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to University of Utah you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.64 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1290 on the SAT
  • Score 26 on the ACT

Utah GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into University of Utah?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Utah are to have around a 3.64 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.64 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Utah accepts 95% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Utah is 3.64 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #2 in Utah for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Utah is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted University of Utah students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 11.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 37.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 23.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 16.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 4.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Utah SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Utah. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 13% of students submitted SAT scores and 54% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for University of Utah
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 590
Math 25th Percentile 590
Composite 25th Percentile 1180
SAT Scores for University of Utah
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 690
Math 75th Percentile 700
Composite 75th Percentile 1390
Average SAT Score 1290

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to University of Utah?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Utah is 1290 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1180-1390. Students who get into University of Utah score in the top 27 percent of all SAT test takers..  Utah ranks #2 in the state of Utah and #170 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1290 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Utah regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1180, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1070, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of Utah is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1290 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1285, you have around a 95% chance of being admitted. A 1390 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 97% chance of getting in.

University of Utah admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1390 and Above Good >97%
1285 to 1390 Avg + 95%-97%
1180 to 1285 Avg - 91%-95%
1075 to 1180 Reach 84%-91%
Less than 1075 Low <84%
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Utah ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for University of Utah
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 21
Math 25th Percentile 21
Composite 25th Percentile 22
ACT Scores for University of Utah
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 31
Math 75th Percentile 29
Composite 75th Percentile 30
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Utah?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Utah is 26, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 22 and 30.  The school ranks #2 in Utah for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 26. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 22 and score in the score in the top 37 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Utah.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as University of Utah is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Utah for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 26 score has around 95% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 97% with a 30 ACT score.

University of Utah admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >97%
26 to 30 Avg + 95%-97%
22 to 26 Avg - 91%-95%
18 to 22 Reach 84%-91%
Less than 18 Low <84%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

University of Utah admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,111 9,191 18,302
Accepted 8,749 8,632 17,381
Acceptance Rate 96% 94% 95%
Enrolled 2,631 2,730 5,361
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 32% 31%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Apr 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 184 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Utah is $55.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Utah and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Utah Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Considered but not required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Utah
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because University of Utah is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.64 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1290 and ACT of 26 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=230764 IPEDS survey data for University of Utah.


Does University of Utah prefer SAT or ACT?

13% of students submit their SAT scores to Utah. 54% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Utah?

95% of those who apply are granted admission to Utah. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Utah?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1180 and 1390. The average SAT score is 1285. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Utah?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 30. The average ACT score is 26. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.