First Year Admissions FAQs

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 by:

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?

Visit our Policy on Test Optional Admission for information.

Is a personal interview required?

No. However, we strongly encourage all applicants 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 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 mandatory and held in June. You will meet with an academic advisor to register for classes during the orientation session.

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. Directions are on the housing application if you wish to request a roommate. You will be sent information on your roommate in June before orientation.

Take the Next Step

Come and tour our beautiful campus, learn more about our programs and discover firsthand what makes our University so unique!

Contact Us