Find out more about your first year at USJ.

Your first year as a college student can be exciting, hectic – and filled with questions.

We’re here to help. Review these answers to the questions we frequently receive from incoming students, or contact us for more information.

When should I apply?  

Admission to USJ is made on a rolling basis; therefore, you can apply at any time and expect a decision approximately two weeks after the application is complete. 

What makes my application complete? 

A completed application consists of the following:

  • The online application, or Common App
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (see Test Optional Admission Policy question below)
  • An essay, 250 words or more in length
  • An academic letter of recommendation


How can I check the status of my application? 

You can check the status of your application on your Student Status Page, or contact the Office of Admissions at 860.231.5216, or email us at [email protected].

What are the admission criteria?  

We are looking for applicants who display evidence of sufficient ability and potential in their academic record and standardized test scores, when applicable (see Test Optional Admission Policy below). It is expected that you will have completed 16 academic units in college preparatory courses distributed among English, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and foreign languages. Special consideration may be given to selected applicants whose preparation varies from the recommended pattern, but whose record gives evidence of genuine intellectual ability and interest.

What is USJ's Test Optional Admission Policy? 

USJ does not require applicants submit standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) for admission unless they are applying for: 

  • The Honors Program
  • The Direct-entry Nursing Program
  • The Pre-Nursing Program
  • The 3+3 Pharmacy Program
  • The Pre-Physician Assistant Program
  • Academic Merit Scholarship or were home schooled during high school 

Click www.usj.edu/testoptional for more information on USJ’s Test Optional Admission Policy.

What is required of someone who expects to be admitted through USJ's Test Optional Admission Policy? 

Students who choose not to submit their SAT/ACT scores with their application to USJ should present:

  • Completed application
  • Unweighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (this GPA includes only English, Foreign Language, Math, Natural Science and Social Studies courses)
  • College preparatory curriculum that results in 18 academic units over four high school years
  • Senior year course schedule that includes at least four academic courses resulting in four academic units
  • Solid essay
  • Strong teacher recommendation in one of the five core disciplines outlined above
Is a personal interview required? 

No; however, we strongly encourage all applicants to attend an admissions presentation and campus tour

When should I visit campus? 

Please visit our website for all opportunities to visit our campus. Schedule a visit!

When do I submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? 

You can start filling out the FAFSA on October 1, no earlier. In order to complete the application, you and your parents/guardians must create a username and password. While completing the FAFSA, do not forget to send it to each school to which you are applying, including USJ, using our school code 001409. Visit the Federal Student Aid website now to begin the free and easy FAFSA application and to get some great tips on how and why to apply. Or, contact Student Financial Services for more information at [email protected] or 860.231.5223.

Returning student FAFSA Deadline - 12/1/2017

Incoming student FAFSA Deadline - 3/1/2018

Are there other scholarships I can apply for? 

All applicants are automatically considered for a merit scholarship, and upon review of the FAFSA are given the best financial award package we can offer. You can also review new scholarship opportunities on our website, which is updated frequently.

Scholarships awarded from your local community will be deducted from your out-of-pocket cost to attend USJ, not the award money USJ has offered you. This is just one of many ways that we are committed to making USJ affordable for you and your family.

When do I get to register for classes? 

Once you have deposited at USJ, you will begin to receive information regarding student health services, housing, and new student orientation. Orientation is held in June. You will meet with an academic advisor to register for classes during the orientation session. Orientation information is typically mailed to you in April of the year you are enrolling.

How is my roommate selected? When will I hear who my roommate is?  

Roommates are selected based on how you answer the questions on your housing application. The housing staff tries to make the most compatible roommate matches each year. You will be sent information on your roommate in July, approximately a month before you move in.