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IMPORTANT

Announcements

Admissions are closed for the 2019-20 school year. Unfortunately, we cannot accept midyear transfers or rising seniors at University High School.

Application windows
Grade 8 students not tested in Grade 7          Opening Sept 3, 2019
Grade 7 students Opening Feb 1, 2020
Grade 9, 10 students for transfer Opening March 2, 2020

See admissions information by Current Grade below for details.

You're Invited!

To Family Information Night for 8th Grade Qualifiers

UHS is hosting a parent information meeting where families can learn more about our Nationally ranked school, the rest of the admissions process, and why UHS is the BEST college prep high school in Arizona!

The meetings will be at UHS on Wednesday, September 18th from 5:30 to 6:30PM, or Tuesday, September 24th from 6:00 to 7:00PM -- you can attend either one. For more information, please email Carmen Hernandez or click on the flyer to the right of this message.

Important Dates

Admissions for University High School

Welcome to the University High School Admissions page! Students must apply for admission to UHS and meet test and grade point average criteria before enrolling. Students cannot enroll in UHS as a neighborhood school or through Open Enrollment. The TUSD Assessment and Evaluation Department (A&E), not UHS, handles the admission process.

Criteria for admission to grades 9 and 10:

  1. Score 7,8 or 9 on the CogAT test of cognitive abilities when administered on one of the TUSD scheduled test dates (23-29 points).
  2. Obtain a Grade point average of at least 3.0 in core subjects (English, math, science, and social studies, 22-36 points).
  3. Points must total at least 50.

Admissions Formula

Testing. The CogAT test of cognitive abilities is a timed multiple-choice test with verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal batteries. It is an assessment of learned reasoning skills, not of achievement or intelligence. Students must test during one of the scheduled testing days and may not re-test for a given admission year.

Grades. By submitting an application and allowing a student to test, parents authorize UHS Admissions to obtain grades from the student’s current school.

Communicating decisions. The Assessment and Evaluation Department will mail notifications at two stages of the process:

After testing. Test results are mailed in mid-July following spring testing and in January following December testing.

Admission status. Status notification letters for 8th graders are mailed by early February after A&E has calculated total points based on test results and GPA. All students with 50 points or more will be offered admission to University High School.

Please click on the links below in the Admissions Information by Current Grade section to learn more information about our admissions process and timeline for admission.

For more information about Admissions, please contact Ms. Connie Price-Johnson at UHSadmissions@tusd1.org. The UHS Admissions office is located at 102 N. Plumer Ave., Tucson AZ 85719.

For information about UHS curriculum, programs and extracurricular activities, contact Ms. Carmen Hernandez at carmen.hernandez@tusd1.org.

Don't see an answer to your question? Check our Frequently Asked Questions!

Admissions Information by Current Grade

Current 7th Graders

Click here for the calendar of important dates for students entering grade 9 in 2021-22.

Admission process for 7th graders in TUSD schools.

  1. TUSD 7th graders do not need to submit an application
  2. Test. All 7th graders in TUSD schools take the CogAT admissions test in the spring at their middle school unless their parents opt out. If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify UHS Admissions for the student to test on a scheduled make-up date. Re-testing is not allowed. TUSD students will find out by mid-July if their score is high enough to continue the application process.
  3. Grades. TUSD students do not need to submit grades because these are accessible through the student management system. They will receive an offer of placement (admission) in January if they qualify. All parents/ students must review the admissions criteria in the UHS admissions policy and the calendar of important dates (above) to understand the admissions process.

Admission process for 7th graders in non-TUSD schools.

  1. Application. 7th graders not enrolled in TUSD schools must submit an application to the A&E Department within the posted application window (February 1-one week before the test date). Students cannot test without submitting an application. The application will be available here in the spring of preceding academic year. Non-TUSD students should submit a copy of their birth certificate with the application.
  2. Test. NonTUSD 7th graders take the CogAT admission test on one of the two scheduled testing dates in the spring. The test will be at UHS. If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify UHS Admissions for the student to test on a scheduled make-up date; however, these dates are limited. Re-testing is not allowed for the same admission year. UHS Admissions will mail test results by mid-July.
  3. Grades. By submitting an application to test, parents authorize UHS Admissions to contact the student’s middle school to request grades. Alternately, parents can request their student’s middle school to send grades to UHS Admissions or provide these directly immediate following the end of semester 1 in December. UHS Admissions will mail admission status letters by early February. All students who meet the qualifications will be offered admission.

Current 8th Graders

TUSD and nonTUSD 8th graders who did not take the CogAT admission test in spring of 7th grade can take the make-up on December 7, 2019.

Click here for the calendar of important dates for current 8th graders.

  1. Application. All 8th graders must submit an application to UHS Admissions. The application window for the December 7 test is September 3-November 27. The UHS Admissions office must receive the application by Thanksgiving for the student to test. Non-TUSD students must submit a copy of their birth certificate as well.
    Click here for the application.
  2. Test. Only 8th graders can test in December. UHS Admissions mails the test results in late December/early January.
  3. Grades.. The process for getting grades and determining admission status are the same as described under Current 7th Graders.

Current 9th Graders

UHS accepts transfers into 10th grade when seats are available. The application window for transfers opens March 2, 2020, once the number of available seats is known. The application will be posted here.

Click here for the calendar of important dates for current 9th graders.

Requirements for incoming sophomores are similar to those for freshmen:

  1. Application. All students applying for transfer into grade 10 must submit an application to UHS Admissions. Non-TUSD students should submit a copy of their birth certificate as well.
  2. Test. Students who had a qualifying score when applying for Grade 9 but who did not enroll at UHS do not need to test again. Others must test on one of the two scheduled testing dates in spring of their freshman year.
  3. Grades. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average for core classes in semesters 1 and 2 (or equivalent) of Grade 9. Students must meet the 50-point criteria for an offer of admission. There is no alternate assessment for students scoring 45-49 points.

Current 10th Graders

UHS accepts transfers into 11th grade when seats are available. The application window opens March 2, 2020, once the number of available seats is known.

The application for 10th graders in 2019-20 applying to transfer to University High School in 2021-22 will be posted here in spring of 2020.

Click here for the calendar of important dates for current 10th graders.

Requirements for incoming juniors are different from other grades. The CogAT test is not required, but students must be on track to graduate with the current cohort of UHS students:
  1. Application. All students applying for transfer into grade 11 must submit an application to UHS Admissions. Non-TUSD students should submit a copy of their birth certificate as well.
  2. Coursework. TThe transcript must show successful completion of a rigorous program of studies that may include Honors, Pre-AP, AP, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge or dual enrollment classes and enough credits to fulfill UHS graduation requirements in the remaining two years.
  3. College readiness. Students must show college readiness with a PSAT or SAT score of 1200 or equivalent indicator of college readiness.

Admission Links/Contact

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