Admissions

Thank you for your interest in University High School! The application process for the 2020-21 school year has now closed, but check back in here in January of 2021 for the online application for 2021-22.

Guidelines

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.

If you are thinking of applying to U-High, here’s what you need to know for admittance for the 2021-22 school year:

1. Shadow another student for a day (Shadowing dates will be posted here for February and March of 2021).

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 (will be updated) to schedule a shadow. Forms can be dropped off in the main office, faxed to 309.438.5198 or emailed to jlarson@ilstu.edu. 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 (please note that these may be modified/updated prior to the next admissions cycle):

3. Complete an application during the application period (TBD: January-February, 2021)

Click the online application link at the top of this page (link will be posted). 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 (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.