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First Year Applicants

Questions about the admission process for first year students?

Contact the Office of Admission at 860.768.4296 or

The college application process can be complicated, but we are here to help! Learn all the details about applying as a first year student from admission requirements to deadlines.

Applications for admission to the freshman class are considered on a "rolling basis" beginning in late September. Students may apply online through the University’s application portal or through the Common Application.

Requirements for Admission

A candidate for admission to the University of Hartford must be a graduate of, or student who will be graduated from, an accredited secondary school, or must have passed a state secondary school equivalency examination.
Checklist for Applying to UHart—submit the following
  • An application form submitted online or The Common Application along with the application fee. The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application – online and in print – that students may submit to any of its 456 members.
  • An official transcript of the secondary school record; official college transcripts, if any.
  • ACT or SAT scores (optional, see test optional policy). The University of Hartford CEEB code 003436.
  • A letter of recommendation is required for admission and can be completed by one of your high school teachers or your counselor. The letter can be emailed to or returned to the following address:
University of Hartford
Office of Admission
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

For detailed academic requirements and other specific information for admission to a particular college of the university please contact the Office of Admission by calling 800.947.4303 or by email at

Additional Requirements

The Hartt School Applicants

Applicants to The Hartt School must complete an audition and/or interview. The Hartt School will conduct these virtually this year due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. Learn more by clicking below!

Hartford Art School Applicants

Each applicant to the Hartford Art School is required to have a portfolio review, at which 10 to 15 pieces of original work should be presented. Students should schedule appointments according to the dates specified by the Hartford Art School.

Part-Time/Non-traditional Applicants

Part-time/non-traditional applicants should complete an application through the University's applicant portal. Additionally, an application fee and official high school and college transcripts from every school attended is required. High school transcripts are used for federal financial aid requirements only. Transfer students with previous college credits must have a minimum of 2.0 to be admitted. Adult students without college credit may be required to take a certain number of courses as a non-matriculated student before they will be evaluated for admission.

Admission Deadlines

FAFSA Priority Deadline: Feb. 15

The deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for financial aid consideration. Visit Our FAFSA federal school code is 001422.

FAFSA application
Enrollment Deposit Deadline: Flexible

UHart has a flexible deadline policy this year and there is no penalty for submitting your deposit after May 1. Ready to secure your place in the upcoming class?

Deposit Online

Test Optional Policy

Beginning with applicants for the Fall 2018 term, the University of Hartford will move to a test optional policy as part of our application process. Applicants who believe that their SAT or ACT scores are not representative of their academic achievements and potential are welcome to apply as test optional and should indicate so on their application. Our test optional policy is consistent with the goal of reviewing each application for admission in a holistic manner. There are however certain circumstances where submitting official test scores is required.
SAT or ACT scores are required if:
  • You are homeschooled or attend a high school that provides only descriptive report cards rather than letter or number grades.
  • You wish to be considered for our Presidents, Regents, or National Honors Academic Scholarships as well as the First Robotics Scholarship offered through the College of Engineering, Technology & Architecture.
In all cases the Office of Admission will pay close attention to your academic achievements, coursework, community service, and extracurricular activities. It is our goal to enroll students that share in our values of integrity, curiosity, creativity, excellence, responsibility, and accomplishment.

Advanced Placement and College Credit

UHart generally grants credit to students who have earned scores of 3 or higher (4 for English Composition) on the appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) examination. Credit can also be awarded for courses taken at an accredited college or university while in high school.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deposit deadline?

If you have decided that you are coming to UHart this fall we encourage you to make your deposit by May 1. This will allow us to include you in important activities such as orientation, course scheduling and housing selection. However, if your plans change over the summer and you are not able to join us in the fall, your deposit will be fully refundable.

If you are not able to make your final decision by May 1 we will work with you to be sure that you have the time to get all the information you need to make your decision. If you have specific questions, please contact us at

Even though the campus is closed can I visit now or anytime in the near future?

Unfortunately, our campus is closed until further notice and we are not able to offer campus visits. We do have a virtual tour on the admission webpage and will be offering other virtual visit opportunities shortly. You will be receiving communication regarding specific details very soon. For more information, visit UHart's virtual experience webpage.

Is there a platform for accepted students to connect?

Yes! We have a Facebook page for our accepted students called “Official University of Hartford Students Academic Year 20-21”

How does the housing application work and what are housing options like?

After you have submitted your deposit to reserve your space for the Fall of 2020 you will receive an email (at the email account you provided on your application) about accessing your new Hawk Mail account. When you login to your Hawk Mail account you will find information about how to login to your Self Service portal where you will be able to access the housing application.

First year students have two different housing options; Complexes and Hawk Hall. While both styles offer traditional doubles, Hawk Hall offers a unique experience. It is organized around themed Residential Living Communities, where you will live with other students who share similar interests or are taking some of the same courses with you. The themes include: Creative Arts, STEM-C, Honors, Sustainability, E-Gaming, Social Justice & Leadership, Wellness, and Global Engagement. To live in Hawk Hall, you must submit a short essay in the housing application about why you want to live in that particular community. The priority deadline for applying to Hawk Hall is early May. Living in a Residential Learning Community does require students to attend regular meetings with their community co-lead by the Faculty Associate and Resident Assistant (RA).

A through D Complexes are standard suite-style residence halls for first-year students and include double rooms, bathrooms, and study facilities within the suite. Resident Assistants (RAs) in each complex will get to know each resident and work to help residents form connections around shared interests. Events and projects will occur throughout the year based on the shared interests of residents living in each complex and provide opportunities for residents to form connections within their community. On your housing application, if you note that you are not interested in living in Hawk Hall, you will automatically be placed in one of our Complexes.

My school is using pass/fail grades for my final marking period. Will that affect my admission at UHart?

Many high schools have decided to use pass/fail grades for the time that instruction is being offered remotely on line. Under the circumstances we are happy to accept the decisions of your high schools on how to proceed with grading for this term.

My AP exams are now on line and 45 minutes long. Will UHart accept these exam results and award credit?

We are aware of the testing changes that are being made in the AP program. UHart will accept those scores and award credit according to our AP policy. Our AP policy is available here

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