Thank you for your interest in University High School! Please review the guidelines below, and then follow the admission procedures to the right. Application documents and the on-line admission form are listed lower down on the page.


Class size: Each freshman class is comprised of approximately 150 students.

District of Residence: Illinois State University Laboratory Schools are limited by state law to 1,000 students (excluding students with identified disabilities), with approximately 60% of those students attending U-High. The maximum number of students that can be admitted from McLean County Unit District 5 is 642; the maximum for Bloomington School District 87 is 246. The remainder of the students may be admitted from other school districts in the state.

Academic Ability: U-High accepts students at varying academic levels, and does not seek to enroll only high-performing or gifted students.

Socio-Economic Levels: Students are selected from various socio-economic levels.

Procedures & Dates for 20-21


If you are thinking of applying to U-High, here’s what you need to know for admittance for the 2020-21 school year:

1. Shadow another student for a day (Shadowing is available from January 30 – February 28, 2020 and March 23-27, 2020, with a limit of six (6) prospective freshman students per day)

If you are interested in seeing what a school day is like at U-High, we invite you to “shadow” another student for a day in our building. Our policy is that current 8th graders may only shadow current freshmen at U-High. Please complete the shadowing form (click to open) to schedule a shadow. Forms can be dropped off in the main office, faxed to 309.438.5198 or emailed to If you have questions, please contact the main office at 309.438.8428. Once scheduled, you will receive an email confirmation.

2. Review the documents below:

3. Complete an application during the application period (January 22, 2020-February 28, 2020)

Click the online application link at the top of this page. If you have any technology limitations and would prefer to complete a paper application, copies are available in the main office.

You will need to submit your student’s grades, test scores (PARCC/IAR, if available, for freshman applicants; ACT, SAT, PSAT or ACT ASPIRE for upperclass applicants), a discipline report/letter along with the required handwritten short essays.

*Our Open House for interested students was on January 22. Click here for the packet of information that was handed out.

You will be able to meet all of our faculty and staff, along with many of our activity sponsors and coaches, and you’ll also have the opportunity to tour our classrooms and facilities on that evening.

If you have any questions, please contact John Larson at 309.438.8428 or