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Step to the U


As you enter your sophomore through senior grade years of high school, you should be thinking more about your career plans and how you can best fulfill your goals and interests. One of the programs offered in your school is Early College High School courses with the University of Utah, STEP 2 the U

  • Opportunity to take university classes from university professors
  • Earn 30 semester university credits and 3 full high school credits
  • Access general education classes in a class size and single cohort of 35 students
  • Save approximately $15-20,000 in tuition and other associated college fees
  • Reduce the amount of time in university studies (up to a year and a half)
  • Graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2 ½ years
  • Opportunity to network with university professors and conduct research on campus
  • Attend Step2TheU unique campus activities (i.e., athletic events, specialized campus tours, tutoring, department tours, etc.)
  • Engaging in university learning in a common cohort with integrated curriculum

How do I apply for Step2TheU?

Applications are available at the Alta High School website and here

Application includes the following:

  • A completed and signed application by student and parent/guardian
  • Alta High School Transcript – showing cumulative GPA
  • Academic Resume (i.e., achievement, leadership, participation, etc.)
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Response to Two Essay Prompts:
    • Why are you interested in participating? (500 word max)
    • Describe a period of time you’ve had to demonstrate resiliency and what you learned from the experience?

 Who is eligible for Step2TheU?

  • A junior at Alta High School who is:
  • Ready for a challenge
  • Hard working
  • Motivated
  • Resilient
  • A good communicator
  • Interested in:
    • saving money for college
    • graduating from college earlier
    • graduating at the University of Utah
    • attending a tier-one PAC-12 research institution
    • maximizing their academic experience

 What criteria will be used in determining acceptance into Step2TheU?

Step2TheU Requirements

What classes will I be taking in Step2TheU?

What is the time commitment in the summer?

Example Weekly Schedule for Students:

  • First Year: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday – 5 - 6 hours a day
  • Second Year: Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays – 5 - 6 hours a day
  • One small cohort of students who will be collectively focused on an integrated learning approach with a community based project application as the culminating project.
  • All four summer courses will be integrated to maximize the learning experience vs. four separate classes operating as silos.

Step2TheU Orientation by University of Utah Continuing Education on Scribd



José Hernandez Zamudio
Program Manager


Brian McGill
Principal, Alta High School

For questions and information Contact the Alta High School Guidance and Counseling Department















Last Updated: 6/7/21