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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the admission process at University High School.

When will I receive a decision about admission?
Applicants will receive notification of an admission decision approximately two weeks after each admission deadline.

After the December 15 deadline, we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis, so long as there is still space available. Notification of those admission decisions will typically come two weeks after the completed application is received.

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 admission event and/or communicate with a director of admission.
  • Applicants must spend a day on campus as a shadow guest. While we are currently are not able to host shadow guests due to COVID-19 restrictions in place statewide, we would be happy to connect you with our current teachers and students via email or video conference.
  • Applicants must take the ISEE exam or submit another standardized test report.
  • 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.
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.

For students who are unable to take the entrance exam due to COVID-19 restrictions, submitting any standardized test results would be acceptable.