Admissions Information by Current Grade
The calendar of important dates for students entering grade 9 in 2023-24 will be posted here when available.

TUSD 7th grade students will take the CogAT during the first three weeks of May 2022.
UHS will be administering the CogAT for Non-TUSD 7th grade students in May 2022. Please check back here for exact date.
UHS is offering teacher-led CogAT prep sessions for all students in April. Please check back here for exact date.


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. Each school will schedule the test between April - May. Please contact your school in late March/early April to find out the specific days. See note on testing, above.

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 is available here. Non-TUSD students should submit a copy of their birth certificate with the application.
2. Test. Non-TUSD 7th graders take the CogAT admission test on one of the two scheduled testing dates in the spring. We will schedule students for either the morning (last names A-K) or the afternoon session (last names L-Z) on the test date. 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 immediately 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.
 
The application window for current 8th graders is open from September 7 - November 9, 2021.

The calendar of important dates for students entering grade 9 in 2022-23 will be posted here when available.


Admission process for 8th graders in TUSD schools

1. TUSD 8th graders do not need to submit an application
2. Test. All 8th graders in TUSD schools will take the CogAT admissions test in the fall at their middle school unless their parents opt out. Each school will schedule the test tentatively in the first quarter. Please contact your school to find out the specific days.

If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify UHS Admissions for the student to test on a scheduled make-up date.

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 8th graders in non-TUSD schools

1. Application. 8th graders not enrolled in TUSD schools must submit an application to the A&E Department until one week before the test date. Students cannot test without submitting an application. The application is available here. Non-TUSD students should submit a copy of their birth certificate with the application.
2. Test. Non-TUSD 8th graders take the CogAT admission test on one of the two scheduled testing dates in the fall. 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.
3. Grades. Parents need to request their student’s middle school grades (2nd semester 7th grade and 1st semester 8th grade) and submit to UHS Admissions by December 31, 2021. UHS Admissions will mail admission status letters by early February. All students who meet the qualifications will be offered admission.
 
UHS accepts transfers into 10th grade when seats are available. The application window for transfers opens March 1, 2022, once the number of available seats is known.

The calendar of important dates for current 9th graders will be posted here when available.

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.
 
UHS accepts transfers into 11th grade when seats are available. The application window opens March 1, 2022, once the number of available seats is known.

The calendar of important dates for current 10th graders will be posted here when available.

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. The 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.
 
Admissions Process
Once you have completed Online Registration please review the documents below that are specific to this school. If you registered at a different school you will need to go to that school's Registration 2020-21 page to review the correct documents.

UHS Admissions Process
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. A more detailed explanation of the admissions process is available on our Admissions page.

Criteria for admission to grades 9 and 10:
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).
Obtain a Grade point average of at least 3.0 in core subjects (English, math, science, and social studies, 22-36 points).
Points must total at least 50.

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.

For more information about Admissions, please contact Ms. Dynah Oviedo by email. 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. Messing by email.
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Dynah Oviedo Admissions Coordinator
520-225-3225 | Contact Ms. Oviedo by email