Congrats! We are so excited for you to join the Kahlert School of Computing!

Welcome Letter & New Student Meetings

In May, the Graduate Advisors will send out a Welcome Letter that will hold a lot of important information for our incoming students. It will provide registration guidelines, our GradSAC contact, important payroll dates, how to apply for TA positions, etc.

Throughout the summer, the Graduate Advisors will hold new student meetings to meet with each incoming student. This meetings will allow students to voice any questions they have directly with their academic advisor and to gain additional insight on the Kahlert School of Computing’s departmental policies and processes. The Grad Advisors will provide you additional information in the summer on how to schedule these meetings.

Students who need to defer to the Spring semester will need to have received their official acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions and inform their Grad Advisor by the end of June of their deferment request.

TA Positions & Applications in Kahlert School of Computing

Students can apply for TA positions in the Kahlert School of Computing through our specific TA portal. TA positions are considered on a semester basis so if you want to be a TA for Fall and Spring, you will have to apply each semester.

The Graduate Advisors are not part of the TA position process so we cannot provide you insight on the actual application and decision process but we recommend that you check the TA Portal FAQ for additional insight.

The English Proficiency test scores and the International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) required for students seeking TA positions. The ITAP session is usually conducted two weeks prior to the start of Fall semester. Additional information on the August session of ITAP will be announced in the summer and online.


Students will need to be registered for a minimum of one course (3 credits) by the beginning of August.

The Academic Calendar will provide you other important dates for registration like when registration opens, when will you need a permission code, last day to add/drop courses, when classes end, and when finals are.

The Course Catalog will provide you additional insight on what the courses are about and if there are any graduate level prerequisites. We do not require any undergraduate course prerequisites for our graduate students.

The Class Schedule will provide the current information on what courses are being offered in the upcoming semester and the past semester. Our MS and PhD students are expected to take graduate level (6000+) courses; undergraduate courses (1000-4000) are not allowed.

At this time, we are unable to tell students what courses will be taught in future semesters. This means that we cannot provide a specific course plan (that states what specific courses will be taken in what semesters) for students.

Kahlert School of Computing New Student Orientation – Mandatory 

We hold a mandatory new student orientation the Friday before the Fall semester starts. This orientation includes free food (breakfast and lunch) and a handful of presentations from faculty. Plus our GradSAC presents and often leads our students on a campus tour.

  • Fall 2022 – Friday, August 19th, 2022
  • Fall 2023 – Friday, August 18th, 2023
  • Fall 2024 – Friday, August 16th, 2024
  • Fall 2025 – Friday, August 15th, 2025
International Student Orientation – Mandatory

All International students will need to attend a Mandatory International Student Orientation. Please visit the International Student & Scholar Services or the International Center website for more information.

International Student – Arriving

International students may arrive up to 30 days before the semester start date for which they are admitted. This means that students can potentially start arriving in Salt Lake City, UT in July.

If you receive funding, a required start date before the semester will be specified; it is generally August 15 or 16th. We highly encourage students to arrive as early as possible to start the payroll process since it can take up to 2 weeks to complete.


Arrange to have official transcripts and degree certificates sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Only one set of official transcripts and degree certificates are needed. School records must be:

  • Sent directly from the school attended to the Office of Admissions. The University of Utah accepts electronic transcripts as official from the following agencies only: Docufide by Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, and Scrip-Safe. Please send electronic transcripts to
  • Presented in the original language with an official English translation.
  • If sent by mail, here is the address:

Graduate Admissions Division:
The University of Utah
201 S. 1460 E. Room 250 S SSB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

The Kahlert School of Computing does not receive or accept official transcripts. If you have additional questions about how to handle your official transcripts, you will want to contact the Office of Admissions directly (

Additional Resources 

We have a Graduate Student FAQ document that answers a lot of common questions for students. We have a specific portion (starts on page 30) that is dedicated to answer Incoming Student questions.

Every academic year, we update our Graduate Handbook. These updates includes restructure of the document itself, clarity and changes to policies, add/removing tracks, etc. The new Graduate Handbook is usually published in August. You can find past Handbooks on our website here.