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RTU Graduate

“Being a first generation graduate, I am so grateful to the Returning to the U program for helping me accomplish my dream of graduating.”

- Darci

Non-Traditional Student Services

The University of Utah understands that students face unique challenges while pursuing their degrees and sometimes need to discontinue their studies.  Yet, learning and earning a bachelor’s degree are rewarding experiences.  It can make a difference in finding meaningful or new employment, increasing earning potential, advancing in a current field, or accomplishing a personal goal.

The mission of The Returning to The U Program, established in 2007 through a presidential initiative, is to assist adult students who left the University close to graduation and now wish to return to complete a bachelor's degree.  University College advisors are available to help returning students with the transition back to the U, from readmission to graduation.

Regardless of when you left the U, we are excited to welcome you back and help you with identifying academic options and student resources that will facilitate the completion of your degree.   Finishing your bachelor's degree can become a reality!

Follow these steps to learn more about Returning to the U:

    1. Make an appointment with a University College advisor here:Book an Academic Advising Appt.or calling (801) 581-8146.
    2. Your advisor will:
      • help you identify how your completed courses fit general education and bachelor degree requirements and what courses you still need to complete.
      • help you explore majors and connect you with the advisor in your major. 
      • explain the admissions process.
      • suggest campus resources which address your personal situation.
      • offer suggestions for ways to enhance your degree and your experience at the U.
    3. apply for readmission
    4. apply for financial aid and scholarships

      Learn how to apply for scholarships, grants, and loans.
    5. Register for classes as soon as the registration process is available in order to have access to the greatest variety of classes.
    6. For more detailed instructions, please click here to see the RTU Checklist.

While the RTU program is meant to assist returning students close to graduation with the final push to complete the bachelor’s degree, we welcome all new and returning adult students.  University College advisors can provide advising assistance to help you return or get started at the University of Utah. For instructions on how to begin, please click here.

Each year, depending on funding availability, RTU Scholarship awards are available to qualified RTU students enrolled in the program.  For more information, please contact the RTU Coordinator, Marilyn Hoffman (801)581-8146.  Applications are accepted each spring semester for the following year. 

eligibility requirements

application 2016-17

You can also look at scholarships for both women and men offered by the Women’s Resource Center at

women's resource center

You can also search for other scholarships at

financial aid & scholarships

and check with your major advisor for scholarships offered to majors in that department or college.

ASL Badge and Logo

 In 2009 the University of Utah established the Upsilon Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda,  a premier nationally recognized honor society for full and part-time, non-traditional adult students.

The aim of ASL is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work, and to encourage adult learners toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Applications for membership are accepted each spring semester by invitation to  qualified adult learners.  For application information, please contact the RTU Coordinator. 

Minimum eligibility requirements include:

  • Matriculated undergraduate in the first Bachelor’s degree program
  • Completed a minimum of four courses (12 semester credit hours) that meet general education requirements
  • Finished at least 24 semester credit hours at The University of Utah
  • Earned a minimum of a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and be in the top 20% of students at the U
  • Recognized as an adult learner

 2016 ASL Inductee Photo

2016 ASL Inductee Group Photo

Learn about the alpha sigma lambda national association


Listen to the inspirational stories of adult students who returned and completed their University of Utah Bachelor’s degrees. 

A MUSE project created by Amy Jensen, a Returning to the U graduate.

Our Achievements


Our Inspiration


Our Mentors


Our Victory


Last Updated: 11/7/16