To get started at USU, students need to complete a number of steps: (1) application for admission; (2) obtaining of any needed financial aid; (3) making arrangements for housing and meals; and (4) proceeding on to orientation, advising, registration, and payment of tuition and fees. Sequentially completing the procedures as outlined below will help ensure a successful beginning at Utah State University.
1. Apply for Admission to the University
Undergraduate Admission: A nonrefundable $40 application fee, a high school transcript or GED score, and an ACT or SAT score are generally required for new freshmen. Application deadlines for new freshmen are as follows: Fall Semester—April 1, Spring Semester—November 1, and Summer Semester—April 1. Applications may be accepted after these deadlines, however, an additional $15 late fee is required. For further information about undergraduate admission, see Undergraduate Admission . International students should see International Student Admission and Programs .
Graduate Admission: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission to a graduate program. For more information see Graduate Admission .
2. Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships
Application for financial aid begins in January for the following academic year. Scholarships are awarded to qualifying applicants who apply on or before February 1 for the following academic year. See Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information about undergraduate student financial aid and scholarships currently available.
Financial assistance for graduate students is explained on the School of Graduate Studies page.
3. Apply for University Housing and Dining
Students who would like to live in University housing can find further information at: http://www.housing.usu.edu. Also see Housing and Residence Life in this catalog. For more information about dining services, see Dining Services .
4. Orientation, Advising, Registration, and Tuition/Fee Payment
Attend SOAR (Orientation)
Newly admitted first-year students are required to participate in a Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) session before they may register for classes. For transfer students, orientation is optional. See New Student Orientation for more information.
Academic advising is required for all newly admitted first-year students. Advising is included in SOAR. New transfer students are required to contact their academic advisor before registering for classes. Additional information is on the Academic Advising (Undergraduate) , Undergraduate Advisor Directory and New Student Orientation pages.
Learn about USU Policies and Procedures
Although there are many USU professionals prepared to assist students, ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to learn and understand the policies and procedures in effect at USU. Many of these policies are explained on the Registration pages. Additional policies are found in the Academic Policies section.
Learn how Previously Earned Credits Apply
New freshmen and transfer students who have earned college-level credits through AP and CLEP examinations, concurrent enrollment, and/or credits from other colleges and universities, should consult with their academic advisor to learn how these credits may be applied at USU. More information about credit by examination is shown on the Placement Tests and Credit by Examination page. Information about transferring credit from other institutions is shown on the Undergraduate Admission page.
Learn about General Education and Depth Education Requirements
Undergraduate students working toward an associate or bachelor’s degree are required to complete General Education requirements. Students earning a bachelor’s degree must also earn Depth Education credits. More information about these requirements is shown on the General Education Requirements page.
Newly admitted first-year students will register for their first semester of classes during SOAR. Once they have consulted with their academic advisor, transfer students may register according to their priority registration. See Registration for further information about registration procedures.
Matriculated graduate students may register on or after the priority registration date shown on the Registration Calendars .
Pay Tuition and Student Fees
Tuition and fee tables, as well as information about payment options and deadlines, may be accessed at: http://www.usu.edu/registrar/payment/
Fees pertaining to students’ classes may be found in the online Schedule of Classes at: www.usu.edu/registrar/htm/registration.
To find out the amount owed to USU, students should login to Access at: http://www.usu.edu/myusu/ After logging in and clicking on the student tab, click on registration.
More information about tuition, fees, and refunds is shown on the Tuition, Fees, and Refunds page.
Learn about Academic Support Programs and Student Resources
USU offers many academic support programs and student resources designed to help students progress toward academic success and completion of their degrees. These include workshops, supplemental instruction, tutoring programs, and financial planning, as well as services for qualified students having disabilities. These programs and resources are explained on the Student Support Offices & Programs page.