If you have been denied admissions to University of Utah, you are allowed to appeal this decision and request sponsorship from a participating department. You can request sponsorship from up to three Sponsoring Departments and your selection should be based on a whether or not the program, major, or department is a good fit for you. The Office of Admissions then collaborates with the selected Sponsoring Departments to determine if sponsorship is an appropriate option for you at this time.
The College of Fine Arts (CFA) sponsors students who intend to study in one of its five units: Art & Art History, Dance, Film & Media Arts, Music, and Theatre. If you are interested in being sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, please note that the following programs require auditions: Dance (both Ballet and Modern Dance), Music, as well as Theatre's Actor Training Program (ATP) and Musical Theatre Program (MTP). Before any of these units can sponsor your admissions to the university, you must first audition for and be accepted to their major. If you are sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, you must adhere to our Sponsored Student Program Requirements and enroll in specific courses for each major.
Please check out the links below for more information about auditions:
Sponsored students in the College of Fine Arts will participate in the CFA Sponsored Student Program, designed to help you navigate the University of Utah and realize your goal to graduate. We also hope to illustrate, from the very start of your college career, that the College of Fine Arts is genuinely interested in your success.
We know the transition to college is new and exciting but it can also be filled with unexpected obstacles and surprises. We also know that this journey can be made easier when you have a solid network of support and services. The CFA Sponsored Student Program was specifically created to help you achieve your academic goals. Some of the benefits you will receive from participating in our program are:
• Frequent meetings with an academic advisor who can help you with your short and long term goals
• Free tutoring for General Education courses
• Strategies for college success
• Access to campus resources
Participating in the CFA Sponsored Student Program will allow you to build a strong foundation of tools that you need to maximize your potential and achievement at the U. With these goals in mind, the requirements of the CFA Sponsored Students Program are as follows:
Designated College of Fine Arts Courses
To be sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, you must be declared as a CFA major and enroll in the required courses for your specific major.
- declared as a CFA major and
- enrolled in the required courses for your major.
Each major has a unique curriculum with specific classes designated for first-year students. You will work with your academic advisor to select classes that are appropriate for you based on your individual circumstances and major requirements.
Information Session (first week of classes)
During the first week of classes, you will meet with a CFA academic advisor for an information session at which time we will introduce you to the details of the CFA Sponsored Students Program. You will have a discussion with academic advisors who will demystify some of the seemingly hidden rules of higher education by discussing basic facets of the college classroom and the student-faculty and student-advisor relationships.
The advisors will connect you with on-campus resources and share strategies for note taking, test taking, and time management.
Academic Advising Appointments (first three semesters)
Because the primary goal of the CFA Sponsored Students program is to set you up for success and provide you with continuous support, you are required to meet regularly with CFA academic advisors.
Learn more about our Academic Advisors.
While you are welcomed to meet with an advisor at any time you need assistance, you are required to meet with an academic advisor in your first three semesters during the following time frames:
- The first 10 days of class
- One month into school, prior to the withdrawal deadline
- The last month of school, at least one week prior to the last day of classes
When you meet with the CFA academic advisors you will discuss classes, grades, degree requirements, important dates, and deadlines. You will be required to track and report your progress in each of your courses to ensure that you are on track and properly supported. The advisors will also teach you important study and note-taking strategies, speak to you about how to get connected on campus and utilize available resources, and most importantly, answer your questions!
Tutoring Assistance (first three semesters)
Another great perk of the CFA Sponsored Student Program is free tutoring assistance for your General Education courses (e.g., math, science, writing, etc.).
Students will be required to sign a contract, acknowledging and agreeing to meet all of the CFA Sponsored Student Program requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can two departments sponsor me?
No, two offices cannot sponsor you.
Can I participate in only part of the CFA Sponsored Student Program?
No. You are required to commit to the whole program. Each aspect of the CFA Sponsored Student Program is integral to your success.
What does it mean to be sponsored?
Sponsored students are admitted under the University's 5% policy, which allows for 5% of any incoming class to be comprised of students who do not meet the initial admission criteria.
What are the requirements of the CFA Sponsored Students Program?
You can learn more about our requirements by visiting our Program Requirements section.
Do I qualify for sponsorship from the College of Fine Arts?
Many factors contribute to our decision to sponsor students.
If you want to study Art & Art History, Film & Media Arts, or Theatre's Performing Arts Design Program, Theatre Studies, or Stage Management programs, you will need to describe your interest in these areas and describe your previous experience and accomplishments.
How can I increase my chances of being sponsored by the CFA Sponsored Student Program?
In your appeal, it is important to present yourself professionally. Start by typing up your responses rather than turning in hand-written work. You need to describe your interest in the College of Fine Arts and specifically, your desired area of study. You should list any previous experiences and accomplishments that can demonstrate this interest. The department whom you are requesting sponsorship from needs to know that you are invested, motivated and can succeed if they choose to sponsor you.
What do I need to bring to the Information Session?
You need to bring a copy of your class schedule, and notebook, pen, and a list of questions to ask your advisors.
How do I ensure that the College of Fine Arts will receive my file for sponsorship consideration?
On the appeal application you will be able to select up to three Sponsoring Departments. Make sure to list one of the College of Fine Arts' five units (Art & Art History, Dance, Film & Media Arts, Music, and Theatre) in this section.
Who should I contact if I have questions about the appeal process?
You will want to contact the following Admissions Counselors from the Office of Admissions:
How do I check on the status of my application or appeal?
Each day, you should check the email you listed on your appeal application. Be sure to check your spam and junk mail files as well. The Office of Admissions will send out important emails regarding your appeal and will notify you if you have any missing information or incomplete files. You can track the status of your appeals online at admissions.utah.edu/track or by calling the admission office directly at 801.581.7281.