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Instructions for First Year Students

Frist year

Please select this option if you are currently enrolled in High School / Secondary School. If you have completed High School/Secondary School but have not started a degree / diploma program please select this option.

Required steps:

Step 1:

Complete your Application - Please choose one of the applications below.  Please take time to fill all required fields on the application. Your application will not be considered until we have your address in your home of citizenship.

Web Application - Please complete this online application.

Paper Application – Please type on your computer, scan and send. Hand written applications will not be accepted.

The Common Application – Please complete this application if you are attending a High/Prep School in the US or an International School overseas.

Step 2:

Submit your Academic Records

We will begin our admission review on the basis of an electronic (scanned) copy of your academic records. Your admission will become final once we receive the official transcript/record from each high school (secondary school) you have attended.

Important: All transcripts presented in a language other than English must include a translation. The  official academic records must be mailed in a separate sealed envelope. Please  request that an official copy of your official records be sent to the address below:    

University of Hartford
Bates House
Office of Admission – International
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117

Step 3:

Provide Proof of Financial Support

Please follow our instructions online for proving financial support

Step 4:

Provide your Level of English Language Proficiency

English Language Proficiency

If English is not your native language you are required to prove that your language ability is meets our minimum standard. 

If you intend to pursue a degree at the University of Hartford but you do not meet our English language proficiency requirements, you will begin your studies in our on-campus English Language Institute.

English Language Testing – Minimum Scores

Undergraduate all programs:

IELTS - 6.5


Pearsons - 58

If you are able to meet only the score requirement you will be considered for admission to our English Language Institute.

Government Scholarship Applicants:

Students who will attend the University with Government Scholarship or a Financial Guarantee letter will be permitted direct admission on the basis of a score of 6.0 on the IELTS. This exception is made due to preexisting agreements between the University and the Government sponsor. Students must present their proof of Government Scholarship at the point of application.

Alternative methods for proving English proficiency:

Successful completion of English Composition at a Regionally accredited College or University in the United States with a grade of B or higher *Must be a traditional in class format online classes will NOT be accepted

International Baccalaureate - English A1 or A2 with grade of 3 or higher

Advanced Placement English with a grade of 3 or higher

SAT Evidence based reading / writing 480 or higher

GCSE or GCE English Pass (syllabus A) with grade of A, B or C

A HKCEE English Pass with a grade of (Syllabus A) with a grade of A, B, C or D

Trinity ISE II Level - Pass in all module areas

EC Higher Education - Level B2+ Pre advanced

Note: US Citizens and Permanent Residents whose native language is NOT English are also required to prove their proficiency with English.

Step 5:

Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts - ONLY

Please check the following requirements ONLY if you are applying to a degree in the Fine Arts Music, Theatre, or Dance.

Hartford Art School Portfolio Requirements

Painting, Sculpture, Visual Communication Design, Ceramics, & Illustration

Submit an Art Portfolio with a minimum of 15-20 pieces of your art. This should include examples of your best work from the last 2 years, observational drawing and other approaches that demonstrate your strengths. Please submit work that shows the breadth and depth of your art endeavors and highlights your ideas and conceptual abilities as well as your technique.

The Hartt School Requirements - Music, Theatre, & Dance

All majors within The Hartt School require the completion of Hartt’s Supplemental Application and an audition and/or interview.  This can be through a recording and/or Skype interview.  Please visit the Hartt Admission page for further information.

Step 6:

Ordering your I-20

After receiving your acceptance letter you must complete your Smart Ship Request.This will allow you to receive your Letter of Admission and form I-20 by courier service. *If you are studying in the United States and have a valid I-20 you are required to complete our "Transfer-in" I-20 Request Form.

Optional steps:

Step 1:

SAT/ACT Testing

By submitting your score it may help to increase the strength of your record. In some cases, students who fall below our admission standard have gained admission as a result of a good score on these exams. Submitting these scores can also strengthen your candidacy for scholarship.

Step 2:

Vericant interview

Students in Asia may arrange for an interview with Vericant, it provides in-person interview opportunities for international applicants interested in showcasing English skills and professionalism to the admissions team.