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USU is regarded as one of the country’s premier higher-education research institutions. We offer award-winning faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and career-driven degree programs. Start your degree path and apply now.

COVID-19 Exceptions
Admission to USU is 'test optional' for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. See test optional details.
 

Freshmen Admission Information

Required Materials
  • Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • High school transcript or GED
  • Official ACT or SAT scores (optional)
  • Concurrent enrollment transcripts
Bachelor Degree Minimum Requirements

Admission to USU is test optional for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. ACT/SAT test scores will still be considered if submitted.

  • 2.9-4.0 GPA - Admitted in Good Standing
  • 2.5-2.89 GPA - Considered for Prep Academy (provisional admission)
  • 2.49 GPA and below - Earned Admission option

If your academic work does not meet this standard, your application will be considered on an individual basis for potential admission into the Prep Academy and/or our Earned Admission pathway.

Associate Degree Minimum Requirements

Most USU Eastern Associates Degrees and Certificates are open enrollment and do not require a minimum high school GPA or ACT/SAT score.

Recommended High School Prep Work
  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Math (One class beyond math 3)
  • 3.5 years of Social Science
  • 3 years of Lab-Based Science (one each: biology, chemistry, and physics)
  • 2 years of a world language (same language, taken progressively during grades 9-12)
Spring Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Oct 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Dec 15 Logan Final
Jan 13 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

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Summer Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Mar 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Jun 1 Logan Final
Jun 26 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

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Fall Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Mar 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Aug 1 Logan Final
Sep 1 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

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Priority Admission Deadline: Last day to be admitted before priority registration.
Final Admission Deadline: Students admitted after this date may be deferred to a future semester.

Transfer Admission Information

Required Materials
  • Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • All official college transcripts
  • If you have less than 24 post-high school credits:
    • High school transcript or GED
    • Official ACT or SAT scores (optional)
    • Concurrent enrollment transcripts
Academic Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirement for their desired major. Applicants whose GPA does not meet the requirements of their desired major may be offered an "Exploratory" major if they have at least a 2.3 GPA and fewer than 60 transfer credits. If the academic work does not meet this standard, applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Transferring Credit

USU accepts credit from any regionally accredited institution and will try to match credits with courses at USU. The process of finding a course-to-course equivalent is called articulation. If no course match is found, you will receive elective credit for your previous course work. View our course-by-course articulation.

Students who transfer to USU and have an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree (or have completed the General Education requirements) from a regionally-accredited institution may be deemed as having satisfied the General Education portion of the University Studies requirements. However, Utah State University will require students to satisfy the Breadth American Institutions requirement, as well as any deficiencies in Communications Literacy, Quantitative Literacy, and the Depth Education requirements. Check the US DOE website for regionally accredited institutions.

Spring Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Oct 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Dec 15 Logan Final
Jan 13 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

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Summer Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Mar 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Jun 1 Logan Final
Jun 26 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

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Fall Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Mar 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Aug 1 Logan Final
Sep 1 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

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Priority Admission Deadline: Last day to be admitted before priority registration.
Final Admission Deadline: Students admitted after this date may be deferred to a future semester.

Official College Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from ALL colleges attended. Transcripts are considered official when the transcript remains in the sealed envelope issued by the transferring institution. Transcripts can be forwarded or hand delivered to USU as long as the transcript remains in the original sealed envelope. Also, electronic transcripts are accepted as being official from participating institutions, however, faxed transcripts will not be accepted. Electronic transcripts can be emailed to transcripts@usu.edu.

Applicants must submit transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions. USU is not able to take credits from another institution on another college's transcript. For example: USU is not able to recognize Snow College coursework on a SUU transcript. USU must receive official transcripts from both institutions in order to complete the application and to ensure that your credits transfer over correctly.

Returning Admission Information

If you attended USU previously, you will need to reapply if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Academic suspension or graduation occurred at the conclusion of the previous semester.
  • You submitted a complete withdrawal from the university.
  • ou submitted a leave of absence and are returning for a semester other than what you indicated on your leave of absence.
  • If you attended another school during your time away from Utah State University.
  • You were absent for one year or longer without filing a Leave of Absence.

If you are unsure about your status or previously submitted forms, please email admit@usu.edu or call 1-800-488-8108.

Required Materials
  • Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • All official college transcripts
Academic Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirement for their desired major. Applicants whose GPA does not meet the requirements of their desired major may be offered an "Exploratory" major if they have at least a 2.3 GPA and fewer than 60 transfer credits. If the academic work does not meet this standard, applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Spring Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Oct 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Dec 15 Logan Final
Jan 13 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

View scholarship deadlines

Summer Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Mar 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Jun 1 Logan Final
Jun 26 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

View scholarship deadlines

Fall Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Mar 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Aug 1 Logan Final
Sep 1 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

View scholarship deadlines

Priority Admission Deadline: Last day to be admitted before priority registration.
Final Admission Deadline: Students admitted after this date may be deferred to a future semester.

Academic Action (Students not in good standing)

Utah State University cares about the academic success of its students. If you left Utah State University with a USU cumulative GPA of less than 2.0, you are not in "good standing" academically at USU. As such, your readmission will be processed differently so as to better ensure your academic success. Our goal is to help students return to good standing quickly, and to help students meet their educational goals.

Students who left on academic action (warning, probation, suspension, or dismissal) must print and complete an Academic Inquiry Form to be considered for readmission. Students must also apply for admission and submit the application fee. To apply, click "Apply Online" above. Applications of students who did not leave in "Good Standing" will not be accepted after the following readmission deadlines.

  • Fall Semester: July 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1

Please note that the deadlines are earlier than published final admissions deadlines for students returning in good standing. The reason for this is that classes fill up very quickly. Desirable course times and required classes become progressively harder to add. Since our goal is to remove obstacles to academic success, we require that students that are not in good academic standing apply for readmission while course availability is at a premium. This also allows for thorough academic advising before you register for classes.

Readmission of Service Members

U.S. Armed Forces members who cannot attend or start school due to military service will be admitted with the same academic status they had when they last attended. A leave of absence/deferment or new application may be required. Notification of service and intent to return may be directed to the Admissions Office at admit@usu.edu or 1-800-488-8108.

Concurrent Enrollment Admission Information

Concurrent Enrollment is for current high school students who want to get USU credit for taking college level courses at their high school. Concurrent enrollment students must apply to the university and register for classes through Utah State University.

Admission Requirements
  • Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • When you apply to USU as a college freshman and use your A-Number as the promo code, USU will waive the application fee.

Apply for Concurrent Enrollment

Graduate Admission Information

Required Materials
  • Application
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • GRE, GMAT, or MAT as required by your intended program
  • All official college transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Individual graduate programs will have unique supplemental items required once you apply
  • Additional Materials for International Students
Academic Requirements
  • Have the requisite degree for your intended program by the time you are matriculated.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA for the terms that include your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits.
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on appropriate admissions test.
    • Some programs may accept a portfolio in place of admissions test score. Contact the department for details.
  • Meet any additional requirements for the program.
Contact the department for application deadlines. Some departments have specific application deadlines and others admit students throughout the year.

Home School Admission Information

Required Materials
  • Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • ACT or SAT scores - may be waived for applicants 25 and older
  • If you have transcripts from accredited home school organization
    • High school transcript
  • If you do not have transcripts from accredited home school organization
    • List of classes completed
    • GED score required if ACT score is less than 21
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
Minimum Academic Requirements

Home school students without a transcript from an accredited organization must have at least a 21 ACT (980 SAT, 1060 New SAT) score or 17 ACT (820 SAT, 900 New SAT) and a GED score of 660

Home school applicants are typically not eligible to enroll until after their peers have graduated from traditional high school. Home school students wishing to be considered earlier than this will be evaluated based on the Early Admission standard.
In consultation with the department of the applicant's intended major, the Admissions Committee will review all materials and make a final admissibility decision. If you have questions, please contact Jeff Sorensen, Associate Director of Admissions at jeff.sorensen@usu.edu.

Academic Scholarships

Home School students can be considered for academic scholarships. These academic scholarships are awarded for fall semesters. However, the traditional index requirements do not apply to Home School students. Each student’s application will be reviewed individually and ACT/SAT scores will be weighted heavily in the process. If you have questions regarding academic scholarships, please contact Craig Whyte, Associate Director of Enrollment & Recruitment at craig.whyte@usu.edu.

Spring Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Oct 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Dec 15 Logan Final
Jan 13 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

View scholarship deadlines

Summer Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Mar 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Jun 1 Logan Final
Jun 26 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

View scholarship deadlines

Fall Deadlines
Date Campuses Type
Mar 1 Logan & Statewide Priority
Aug 1 Logan Final
Sep 1 Statewide & USU Eastern Final

View scholarship deadlines

Priority Admission Deadline: Last day to be admitted before priority registration.
Final Admission Deadline: Students admitted after this date may be deferred to a future semester.

Non-Degree Admission Information

Admission Requirements
Restrictions

While the application is quick and free, non-degree seeking students do have certain restrictions until they formally apply to the university.

  • Only students who have already obtained a bachelor's degree will be able to attend courses designated as 'Logan Main Campus'.
  • You will not be allowed to use federal financial aid.
  • Graduate students may only take 12 non-degree seeking credits and have them count toward a USU graduate degree program.

Certificate Admission Information

The requirements to obtain a certificate can vary based on a number of factors such as who the issuing agency is, your previous academic history, and the course level of required classes. Many lower level certificates do not have admission requirements. Please contact the department to get details about the requirements.

Freshmen

If you've never attended a college or university before, excluding USU concurrent enrollment.

Transfer

If you've attended any college or university after high school graduation.

Returning

Been an Aggie before? Learn about how to readmit to Utah State University.

Concurrent Enrollment

Take USU classes at your local high school to get a jump start on your degree.

Graduate

Have already completed a bachelor's degree and intend to obtain a graduate level degree.

International

International students are applicants who are from outside of the United States.

Home School

If you completed your secondary education at home or part of a home school organization.

Non-Degree

If you just want to take classes for personal development or to transfer somewhere else, you can apply as a non-degree student.

Certificates

Intending on obtaining a certificate from USU or an outside agency, you'll need to contact your department.

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Admissions Index

 

Your Index Score is Important

A combination of your GPA and ACT/SAT test score determines eligibility for admission and scholarships. If your scores land in the shaded region below, you should qualify for admission into Utah State University.

Contact the admissions office for information about your index score

Checklist

 

Stay on Top of It

Application Checklist

Here is the process for applying to Utah State University. Once you are done, check out our what's next guide.

1. Submit Application

Fill out and submit the online application.

2. Pay Application Fee

After your application is complete you will pay a $50 fee.

3. Supplemental Items

You may be required to submit transcripts or other documentation.

Checking Your Application Status

At any time you can login your admissions account and check your applications status. We will email you if we are still waiting on you to submit documents such as transcripts or test scores.

Residency Requirements

 

Residency Requirements

Residents of Utah pay a different tuition rate than nonresidents. Generally speaking, if you have lived in Utah for the last 12 months and graduated from a Utah high school, you will be considered a resident for tuition purposes. It can get a bit more complicated than that so use our residecy calculator below or read our residency policy to see the details about how to apply as a Utah resident. Please note, this tool is not an official way to determine residency. If you need something official, apply or contact us.

 

Residency Calculator

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