University of Connecticut
Undergraduate Admissions

Application Instructions

UConn considers all first-year applicants for Honors and merit scholarship eligibility upon initial review. There is not a separate application or supplement for Honors or scholarship consideration. Due to the number of applications received, interviews are not part of the admissions process.  International applicants should visit the International First-Year Applicants page.

A completed first-year application includes: 

First-year applicants must apply online through either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. There is no preference in application choice and only one application is required.

Submission of the $80 application fee (non-refundable) is available through the chosen application. Check or money order is also an acceptable form of payment and should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly with the applicant’s name (as seen on the application) and date of birth. An applicant who indicates fee waiver eligibility on the application should speak with their high school counselor to confirm the fee waiver form or SAT/ACT fee waiver is submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Your application fee will be waived upon receipt of the fee waiver.

The personal essay is required and provides the applicant an opportunity to add a unique voice to the application as well as demonstrate writing ability. The personal essay is a component on the Common Application or the Coalition Application and should range between 250 and 650 words.

Two letters of recommendation are optional, but can distinguish an applicant’s character and are preferred. Recommendation letters can be sent electronically, by fax, or by postal mail.

Your submitted high school transcript(s) should include your senior classes, class rank (if applicable), and latest grades earned. Postsecondary official transcript(s) from each institution attended are also required whether or not credit is desired or expected. Transcripts must be submitted to UConn directly from the secondary institution, either electronically or by mail in a sealed envelope.

If you have completed the State High School Equivalency Diploma (GED), an official copy of your diploma and a complete set of scores should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Official transcript(s) of any work you completed in high school are also required.

All academic credentials not written in English must be accompanied by an official, certified English translation.

At UConn, we understand that one test may not accurately define a student's academic progress and potential, which is why we are allowing first-year applicants beginning with students applying for Spring 2021 entry and continuing through the next two admissions cycles, the choice to submit standardized test results. No admission decision shall be impacted, and no student disadvantaged, if a standardized test score is not provided.

If an applicant decides that their standardized test score is an accurate reflection of academic ability, and would like to have it considered as part of the application review, UConn requires official SAT or ACT scores to be sent directly from the appropriate test provider. The writing section of the SAT or ACT is not required or used in the application process. We will combine the highest scores from each subsection of an exam to create the best overall score (superscore) for exams taken more than once. Fall applicants are strongly encouraged to take the exam prior to December to assure scores are received by the application deadline of January 15. SAT or ACT scores are not required for students 25 years or older at the time of application.

Institutional Codes:
SAT - 3915
ACT - 0604

Test Optional FAQs

While COVID-19 has impacted the ability to access standardized tests for many students, UConn was considering the move to test optional prior to this crisis. A holistic approach has always been at the crux of our application review, which allows for full evaluation of a student's academic ability and potential. By allowing students to choose whether or not they feel a standardized test is an accurate reflection of their progress and potential, we believe this will provide applicants with the ability to showcase their overall achievement, diverse experiences in the context of their environment, and produce a well-rounded pool of candidates. A three-year pilot allows the opportunity for self-study of our applicant pool, and evaluation of the effective use of test scores in our overall holistic review process.

If you feel that your standardized test score reflects positively, or complements your academic achievement, we welcome the opportunity to review it as a component of your application for admission. If you feel that your academic course work might be a better indicator of your ability to succeed at the university level without taking a standardized score into consideration, that is also perfectly acceptable.

No. Applicants who are interested in having standardized test scores considered as part of the application review process should continue to submit official scores through the testing agency. If official test scores have not been received by UConn, they will not be considered part of the application review.

No. All applicants will continue to be automatically considered for merit scholarship and Honors Program eligibility during the application review process regardless of whether standardized test scores have been submitted.

Applications are evaluated holistically with specific attention paid to academic performance, strength of coursework, involvement, and leadership qualities.

As a recruited student-athlete, submitting a test score as part of your application for admission consideration is optional. However, you are still required to follow all initial eligibility requirements set forth by the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you have questions, please contact UConn’s Athletics’ Compliance Office.

You will have the ability to change your original request to have test scores considered or not considered up until January 20. Information on how to make this request is available to you in your applicant portal. Requests made after January 20 will not be considered. 

The University of Connecticut is an immigration-blind institution. All students applying to UConn are encouraged to disclose their immigration status, which allows us to correctly process an application and provide certain benefits associated with a student's immigration status.

Application information may fit in a box, but our applicants shouldn’t. Certain populations require additional components to the application.

Programs in the School of Fine Arts require additional components paired with the undergraduate application for admission consideration. Admission decisions to the School of Fine Arts will not be made until the Office of Undergraduate Admissions receives the results of your additional requirement. Electronic submission through SlideRoom is available for all Fine Arts majors. For more information, including program-specific details, visit the School of Fine Arts admissions page.

Program Additional Requirement Contact Information
Acting Audition (860) 486-2281
Art Portfolio (860) 486-3930
Art History Essay (860) 486-3930
Design/Technical Theatre Interview/Portfolio (860) 486-2281
Digital Media & Design Portfolio (860) 486-6765
Music Audition (860) 486-3728
Puppetry Audition (860) 486-2281
Theatre Studies Interview/Essay (860) 486-2281

Home-schooled applicants are asked to submit transcripts and an outline of their academic curriculum. Please ensure that your outline is specific and comprehensive. Students should submit syllabi, a portfolio or learning log, standardized test scores (optional), and official college transcripts, if applicable. Please indicate whether the curriculum has been conducted under an accredited program. Documentation should verify that the home-school program meets the high school graduation requirements of the applicant’s home town.