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Get Ready. Get Set. Apply!

Release Date:
8/2/2012 12:00 AM

by Justin McNeely, Admissions Counselor

The time has come for students around the country to start their college application process. Here at the University of New Haven, we received over 13,000 applications last year from all over the United States and around the world. We offer three non-binding admission programs for freshman fall admission: Early Action I, Early Action II, and Regular Decision. Our staff begins reviewing applications on September 1st and students should expect to receive a decision on their completed application within 2-4 weeks.

We are proud members of the Common Application, but we also have our own application! Equal weight is given to either of these options so choose whichever you prefer! Students who apply online will be asked to create a personalized username and password so they can return to work on their application over several sessions. All information is transmitted through a secured server and is kept confidential until the application is submitted. Once the submit button is clicked and all supporting documents are received, the student’s admissions counselor can review it and make a decision. We try and make the process very
personal, so accepted students receive a congratulatory phone call along with an email and an acceptance package. Our admissions counselors are very friendly and readily available to answer any questions!

A complete application requires several key components: an official high school transcript, SAT and/or ACT scores, a 250-500 word personal essay, one letter of recommendation from an academic source, and the application fee. When you have completed your application and are ready to submit it, you can pay your application fee online.

For our SAT and/or ACT requirement, we superscore – meaning, we will consider the highest score for each test taken! Our average SAT score is about an 1100 on the critical reading and math sections combined, and the average ACT score is a 23. The average GPA of incoming students is about 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The personal essay is an opportunity for us to get to know the applicant as a person, not just their grades and test scores.  It is the student’s chance to express themselves on a topic of their choice.  Finally, just one letter of recommendation has to be submitted by an academic source, which can be a guidance counselor, teacher, or principal who can attest to the student’s academic capabilities and ability to work at the college level. Students can submit more than one letter of recommendation if they prefer to.

The students who feel UNH is a top choice should apply through the non-binding Early Action I process by the November 15th deadline. Admitted students have advantages when it comes to consideration for additional scholarships, class registration, Living/Learning Communities, and other programs. Early Action I is recommended for the forensic science, dental hygiene, marine biology, and biology/pre-medical programs. Students who apply after November 15th still have time to apply for the fall semester with special considerations. Under our Early Action II program, all application requirements are due by January 15th. After that date all applications are on a rolling basis.

We look forward to reviewing your application this fall! Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have via email at, or give us a call at (203) 932.7319.

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