University of Connecticut
Undergraduate Admissions

Application Instructions

UConn considers all freshman 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 Freshman Applicants page.

A completed freshman application includes: 

Freshman 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.

UConn requires official SAT or ACT scores to be sent directly from the appropriate test provider. Scores will not be taken from school transcripts as an official score report. 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 (within same exam formats) 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 if you are 25 years or older at the time of application. Institutional Codes: SAT - 3915, ACT - 0604

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.

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 should submit SAT or ACT scores from the test provider as well as 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, 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.