U Of H Admissions Essay For College

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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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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.

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Check our admission deadlines and freshman admissions requirements. Below you will find the steps to apply as a freshman:

  1. The application. Go to applytexas.org or commonapp.org to submit your application for the University of Houston (main campus).
  2. The $75 Application Fee ($90 for international applicants). Pay the nonrefundable $75 application fee when you submit your application or mail a check or money order to the Office of Admissions. Your check or money order must be payable to: University of Houston.
  3. Send your test scores. Official SAT or ACT scores should be sent directly to UH from the testing agency. The University of Houston SAT code is 6870 and the ACT code is 4236. SAT and ACT policy allows students to send test scores to several colleges. The University of Houston will accept the SAT (tests administered prior to March 2016) or the redesigned SAT (tests administered since March 2016) for applicants. Official test scores must have been taken with the last five years.
  4. Send your high school transcript. Send your official high school transcript with class rank and graduation plan. Official high school transcripts must be sent directly to University of Houston (main campus) from your high school. Your high school counselor or registrar can help you with this process. For fast processing, ask your school to send your transcripts using TREx (for Texas schools only).
    (3-5 business day to match your transcript to your file)

    If your school cannot send TREx transcripts, UH accepts the following methods:
    (The methods below may take a month to match your transcript to your file.)
  • Transcripts sent by Parchment, Naviance, etc. (If the service your school uses requests an email address, please use transcripts@uh.edu.)
  • Transcripts sent by mail to the Office of Admissions.

    Please Note: UH does not accept faxed transcripts or transcripts sent by students via email attachment.

If you also are seeking admission to The Honors College, please select the appropriate checkbox on the ApplyTexas application and submit the supplementary materials.

Where to Mail Application Items
If you are submitting your application fee and/or official transcript by mail, please send to:

Office of Admissions
University of Houston
Welcome Center
4434 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204-2023

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