Applying to College

For a brief overview of in-state colleges including what programs are offered, please see the Utah College Guide. Some colleges waive admission fees during Utah College Application Week.

Many colleges use an index chart, a combination of your GPA and ACT/SAT test scores, to determine eligibility for admission and scholarships. For an example of a college index, click here.

Different schools (and states) calculate the index score differently, but the criteria used remain generally the same: this index combines students’ grades, perhaps their ranking within their school, and standard test scores (SAT, ACT, etc.) into one actual number. Some schools use a holistic approach meaning they will factor in rigor of classes, extra curricular activities, talents, and service.  

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):  https://studentaid.gov/

FAFSA is a way to help pay for college.  Depending on your situation you may be eligible for Pell Grants, Student Loans, or the ability to work at the college.  Some scholarships require you fill out a FAFSA form.  

WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE:  This is a great resource if you want to attend college outside of Utah with lower tuition rates.  https://www.wiche.edu/