Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the admission process at University High School.
What is required for admission to University High School?
There are four parts of the admission process at University High School:
- Applicants must attend an open house and/or meet with the director of admission.
- Applicants must spend a day on campus as a shadow guest. We schedule shadow visits throughout the year and students are welcome to shadow more than one time.
- Applicants must take the ISEE exam, which is offered frequently throughout the year.
- Finally, applicants must submit an application with the $50 application fee, provide a letter of recommendation from a current teacher, and supply a current transcript to complete the admission process.
How does University select the students it admits?
University High School evaluates applicants based on their academic abilities and their character. We consider student maturity, attitude toward learning, and behavior. We also seek evidence of independence, involvement, and concern for others.
May we sit in on a class?
Sure! With advance notice, we welcome parent and student visitors to the classroom. We want you to see our teachers in action and learn how they interact with their students.
Is there a standard score you need to have on the entrance exam?
No. Standardized test scores are only a portion of the admission application and do not reflect a student’s full ability to perform at high levels as a member of the University High School community.
Why use an entrance exam?
University High School uses an entrance exam to evaluate a student’s ability to perform inside and outside the classroom. We place equal value on the student’s on-campus interview, his/her record of achievement, teacher recommendations, written statements provided by the student/parents in the application, and the success of the shadow visit.
When will I receive a decision about admission?
Unlike other schools, University High School operates on a rolling admission basis. Our first acceptances usually are notified in January, but we continue to admit qualified students until the school year begins.