High School University Program
High School University Program is for high school sophomores through seniors who want to take college level course work not available at the high school; or for students who want to get a head start on a college career. Students in this program are generating an official university transcript and completed courses are applied toward university credit. Students may participate in any of the 1000 and 2000 series classes the University is currently offering, with the exception of online/telecourses, as long as they meet the prerequisites.
What are the guidelines for acceptance into HSUP?
To be eligible to participate in the HSUP, students must:
- Have successfully completed ninth grade.
- Be enrolled in an accredited high school.
- Be a Utah resident.
- Have the minimum high school cumulative grade point average (GPA): Seniors need to have at least a 3.2 GPA, juniors at least a 3.5 GPA, and sophomores at least a 3.7 GPA.
Home schooled students may apply for the HSUP providing they meet the following requirements:
- Submit a list of courses completed through their studies in lieu of a transcript.
- Have an ACT composite score or SAT combined critical reading and math score in the upper quartile (25 ACT, 1130 SAT)
International students who are attending a Utah high school on a visa that allows university attendance may apply for the HSUP providing they meet the following additional admission requirements:
- A minimum ACT English sub-score of 18 or better,
- A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 500 (173 on computer based exam or 61 on the iBT exam) or better
A student who does not meet the above requirements will most likely be denied.
How do I apply?
To apply for admission to the HSUP, students must:
Applications and transcripts should be sent directly to the HSUP coordinator by the specified deadlines. The deadlines for acceptance by semester are:
Fall Semester, August 1
Spring Semester, December 1
Summer Semester, April 1
Applications submitted after the deadlines will be accepted on a case by case basis at the discretion of the HSUP Coordinator. Those applications accepted after the deadline will be assessed a $30 late application fee. After the 15th day of the deadline month, no applications or re-applications will be accepted; no exceptions.
Once the deadline has passed, students who have submitted complete applications will be notified of acceptance into the program by the Coordinator.
Do I need to reapply each semester?
For tracking and accounting purposes, all HSUP students will be removed from the system at the end of every semester. Therefore, each returning student needs to fill out the first page of the HSUP application, making sure to circle both the semester for which you are reapplying and the word "reapply" on the application. An official updated high school transcript must also be submitted. Students wanting to return in the Fall of each new academic year must reapply to the program by submitting all components of the HSUP application, along with an updated official high school transcript. Do not send in another application fee if you are re-applying.
When do HSUP students register for classes?
Once a student is initially accepted into the program, he or she is required to attend a mandatory orientation session. At this orientation session, students will be given a student identification number and instructions on how to register for classes. Returning students do not have to attend another orientation session, but they may not register for classes until the coordinator has notified them of re-acceptance into the program each subsequent semester.
Prerequisites and Upper Division Courses
Students can meet course prerequisites by completing and submitting the Consent Form for Having Met Prerequisites. Students who wish to enroll in 3000 series classes or higher must obtain permission from the HSUP coordinator, the instructing professor, and their parents, and must complete and submit the Consent Form for Upper Division Classes to the HSUP coordinator.
How many credits can I sign up for?
HSUP students will be allowed to sign up for up to seven credits per semester without any additional signature or approval required. Students may take up to 10 credits if they complete and submit the Consent Form for More Than 7 Credit Hours of HSUP Classes to the HSUP coordinator. Please note that students may earn a maximum of 30 total credit hours through the HSUP program.
What is the status of HSUP students?
HSUP students are classified as non-matriculated students (that is, non-degree seeking). All policies and procedures that exist for University of Utah students apply to HSUP students as well. If the student anticipates attending the U after high school graduation, he or she will need to go through the regular application process for undergraduate admission as a matriculated student.
How much is tuition for HSUP students?
Tuition rates for HSUP students are reduced. Additionally, tuition reimbursement for family members of University of Utah staff and faculty can be applied up to 10 credit hours. Financial assistance (financial aid/scholarships) is not available to students participating in HSUP.
Whom do I contact if I have questions?
Students should contact Heather Briley, the HSUP coordinator at the University of Utah's Office of Admissions, if they have any questions about the High School University Program.
Phone: (801) 581-8761
Toll Free: (800) 685-8856
Classes taken are not meant to replace high school requirements. Typically, students enroll in HSUP to take higher levels of courses that are not offered at their high school, or to get a head start on college requirements. If students are looking to replace High School credits, the University of Utah cannot guarantee that the courses here will be accepted by their high school for such purposes. It is the student's responsibility to work this agreement out with the high school.
The High School University Program is not the same as Early Admission to the University of Utah.
Credits earned in the High School University Program can be applied to the New Century Scholarship.