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 for first-year students 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

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

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. We suggest using a personal email, like Gmail, yahoo, etc., to create your application portal account instead of your high school email address as it will allow us to communicate with you throughout the full cycle of admission.

An official transcript of the secondary school record; official college transcripts, if any.

ACT or SAT scores are optional for most University programs. See below for any exceptions and our 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

Additional Requirements

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!

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.

Students enrolled in our education programs are required to submit SAT, ACT or Praxis Core scores by the fall of their second year at UHart—it is NOT required for admission to the University.

Although the University does not require SAT, ACT or Praxis scores for admission, the State of Connecticut requires these scores for teaching certification. For more information, contact the Department of Education at

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 Priority Deadline: May 1

We encourage you to submit your enrollment deposit to UHart by May 1 to secure your financial aid package, a double room, and your preferred Orientation session.

Deposit Online

Test Optional Policy

The University of Hartford implemented a test optional policy in 2018 for applicants who believe that their SAT or ACT scores are not representative of their academic achievements and potential. All students are welcome to apply as test optional and should indicate so on their application.

Beginning in Fall 2021, students who submit an application without test scores will also be considered for all academic scholarships. Students who are homeschooled or attend a high school that provides only descriptive report cards rather than letter or number grades can also submit their application to UHart without test scores. 

Our test optional policy is consistent with the goal of reviewing each application for admission in a holistic manner. 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.

If you have questions about our test optional policy, please contact the Office of Admission at

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

If you have decided that you are coming to UHart this fall, please make your deposit by May 1. This priority deadline will allow us to include you in important activities such as orientation, course scheduling, and housing selection. It's also how you secure your financial aid awards. 

We know that committing to attend a university is a big decision and has become challenging due to the pandemic. And while we want UHart to be your home for the next for years, we understand your plans may change. That's why we are providing a full deposit refund through July 1.

For more information about our refund policy, please email

Yes! You can connect with other students on ZeeMee, a social application. 

After you have submitted your deposit, 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.

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.

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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