Applying To College

Step Up and apply to college.

The best time to apply for college is in the fall of your senior year in high school (October and November). Apply early to get the best opportunities for early admission and scholarship funding. Use the College Guide to review application requirements and deadlines, and organize your information.

Step 1: Submit your application.

Pay attention to your college’s deadline, requirements, and other relevant application information. A good time to submit applications is during your high school’s Utah College Application Week in November. If your high school doesn’t participate in Utah College Application Week, you can still apply with the help of your school counselor, parents, teachers, or mentors — just ask. See list of participating schools

If you are planning on taking some time off from college for humanitarian, religious service, or  military service, you should still complete a college application your senior year of high school. After you have been accepted to the college of your choice, then you can apply for a deferment of admissions while you are away.

How to apply:

Collect the required documentation listed below, then select an application for the school you’re planning to attend and follow the steps.

Information you will need:

  • Personal information: full legal name, birth date, address, phone number, e-mail
  • Birth place: city, county, state, country
  • Contact information of parent/guardian: name, address, phone number, e-mail
  • High school name and address, or high school code
  • High school transcript
  • ACT score (often on transcript)
  • High school graduation date
  • Admission term requested (example: Fall 2016)
  • Length of time living in Utah (may ask for list of activities, such as schooling or work history, to prove residency)
  • Driver’s license or state ID card
  • Social Security Number
  • Method of payment for application fee (credit card or fee waiver)

About Utah College Application Week

Links to applications:


Step 2: Send in your transcript.

After you have completed a college application, you need to send in your high school transcript, including any college transcripts you acquired by taking concurrent enrollment courses. Your school registrar will be able to help you with this. If possible, ask for your transcript to be sent electronically, as electronic transcripts reduce errors and speed up the acceptance process.


Step 3: Apply for financial aid.

As soon as your application is complete, the next step is finalizing how you will pay for college. Understand the difference between grants, work-study, scholarships and loans. Every student should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You never know what kind of grants or low-interest loans you may qualify for. The FAFSA is available in January 1 each year.

Visit www.fafsa.gov to learn more and fill out the form.


Step 4: Apply for scholarships.

In addition to applying for grants and loans, you should also look for scholarships. There are hundreds of available scholarships, and each one will help reduce your overall out-of-pocket cost for college. Talk to your school counselor about which scholarships you can apply for.

Utah College Application Week

UCAW gives high school seniors in partner schools the opportunity to apply for college during the school day.

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FAFSA — The first step to paying for college

File your FAFSA starting October 1, 2016.

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