First-Year Student Application Process

You're a first-year applicant for the Fall 2023 start term if you'll be graduating high school during the 2022-2023 school year.

  • Admission Plan Deadline Binding/Non-Binding
    Early Decision December 1 Binding
    Early Action I December 15 Non-Binding
    Early Action II February 15 Non-Binding
    Regular Decision* Rolling Non-Binding

    *All applications received after February 15. Priority Deadline: March 1

    Q: What is a binding admission decision?
    A: We are your first choice. Upon acceptance you will enroll at the University of New Haven.

    Q: What is Early Action?
    A: We are one of your top choice schools, but you still want to explore other options without having to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1.

    Students who are admitted under Early Decision or Early Action will receive a guaranteed minimum $15,000 annual merit scholarship.

    To be considered for certain programs and receive numerous benefits, students must follow the established timelines and important dates listed above. Admission to the University of New Haven is competitive and early applications are encouraged for priority consideration of admission and merit scholarships.

    Our admissions staff begins reviewing applications on September 1 on a rolling basis, even for students applying Early Decision or Early Action. Students should expect to receive a decision on their completed application no later than 4-6 weeks of when their application is complete.

  • The University of New Haven considers potential first-year students and transfer students for our spring semester admission on a rolling basis.

    We recommend completing your application no later than the first week of January each year as the spring semester begins on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. There will be an orientation and course registration for all new students on Friday, January 12, 2024. We will accept applications for spring semester admission until Monday, January 8, 2024.

  • Benefits Early Decision Early Action I & II Regular Decision
    A minimum merit scholarship of $15,000 annually X X  
    Priority consideration for enrollment into your top choice academic program X X  
    Priority access to free summer course as incoming first-year X X X
    Priority housing placement (if applicable) X X  
    Early notification of admission X X  
    More opportunities to attend exclusive accepted student events X X  
  • All first year candidates for undergraduate admission must submit the following:

    • Common Application online at
    • $50 Application Fee
    • Official High School Transcript (Unofficial are acceptable to complete the application process, but official transcripts will be required for enrolling students.)
    • At least 1 Letter of Recommendation from an Academic Source
        What is an Academic Source?  An academic source can include a teacher, principal, or school counselor who can attest to a student's academic capabilities and ability to work at the college level.
    • Official SAT or ACT Scores for required programs and populations
    • Please note that the University of New Haven does not require test scores for most of our programs and the personal essay is also not required.

    Students applying for Early Decision must also:

    • Complete a personal interview with an admissions counselor (Interviews can be conducted either on-campus, virtually, via phone, or at one of our regional events. You can schedule your personal interview at
    • Submit the Early Decision Contract within the Common Application
    • Consider completing the FAFSA with a priority date of January 1.
  • Ways to Submit Application Materials:

    • Upload within Application Portal
    • Email documents to
    • Electronic Submission by School Counselors (Naviance,, Scoir, etc.)
    • Mail documents to Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    • SAT or ACT score submission (if you request for your SAT or ACT scores to be considered)
      • Request official scores be sent through College Board or ACT website
      • Upload your unofficial Score Report (downloadable from College Board) to your portal for SATs
    • Portfolio submission (only applicable if applying to Art + Design or Music programs)