How to Apply

Choosing a high school is a big decision, but we’re thrilled you’re considering University High School. Here’s how to submit your application for admission to University High School.

Note: Families interested in transferring after the start of the 9th grade year should visit our transfer student page for more information on the transfer student application process.

Application Checklist

(Steps 1-3 may be completed in any order.)

1. Schedule a shadow visit. The shadow visit is an opportunity for students to spend a full school day at University. During the shadow visit, students will sit in on classes, see teachers in action, and meet current students. Students will also have a conversation with a member of our admission committee. Many students say the shadow visit is the best part of the application process. To schedule a shadow visit, contact Nancy Webster, director of admission, at 317-733-4475, ext. 102, or via email at

2. Take the entrance examination. The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) is required for 8th grade applicants. The ISEE is an important complement to a student’s academic record in the application process. Click the next tab for available test dates and instructions on how to register.

3. Submit your application and supporting documents. Families may apply online to University High School. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit school records (download the student record release consent form to submit to your child’s current school) and a letter of recommendation.

Early Admission Deadline: November 1 ($0 application fee)
Regular Admission Deadline: December 15 ($50 application fee)

Students applying for Early Admission pay no application fee and also receive priority consideration for admission.

Note: the application for admission is independent from the application for financial aid. Financial aid applications for all students are due December 31. Learn more about financial aid.

4. Check the mail. Admission decisions will be mailed two weeks after each application deadline.

Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE)

isee-web-button.originalThe Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) is a three-hour admission test for University High School and many other independent schools. It comprises five parts:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Reading comprehension
  • Mathematics achievement
  • Prompted essay

Registering for the ISEE

You can register for the ISEE by mail, by telephone, by fax or by clicking the green button above. The school code for University High School is 154010. Testing dates, testing locations and sample questions are available online at

Saturday test dates are available on a monthly basis by appointment only. 2018-19 test dates at University High School (one of the Central Indiana test sites) are:

  • September 8, 2018
  • October 6, 2018
  • November 3, 2018
  • December 1, 2018
  • January 12, 2019
  • February 2, 2019
  • March 2, 2019
  • April 13, 2019
  • May 4, 2019
  • June 15, 2019

On the test day, students should arrive at Fairbanks Hall at 8:00 a.m., and parents should pick them up at 11:30 a.m. Please contact Taylor Newell, director of admission, at 317-733-4475, ext. 421 or via email at for more information on test dates.

Sunday testing is available by request. Please contact Nancy Webster at 317-733-4475, ext. 102 or via email at to arrange a Sunday test.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the application process or the school itself, please contact Nancy Webster, director of admission, at 317-733-4475, ext. 102 or via email at, or contact Taylor Newell, director of admission, at 317-733-4475, ext. 421 or via email at University High School welcomes students without regard to race, gender, religious affiliation, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.