Admissions

Welcome to our Spring 2024 application window!  The window will be open March 22 - April 30, 2024 for current 7th (SY25-26), 8th, 9th and 10th (SY24-25) grade students.   An application must be submitted before testing.  Once your application is processed you will receive a link to sign up for a testing session.

Current 7th grade application for SY 2025-2026
Current 8th, 9th & 10th grade application for SY 2024-2025

We also invite you to join a school tour, and register for test prep. 
University High Tour Information
University High Test Prep Sessions

 


    
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Admissions Information by Current Grade
TUSD 7th grade students will take the CogAT at their school (March-May 2024).  Please contact the school CogAT Test Coordinator for exact dates.  UHS will be administering the CogAT for Non-TUSD 7th grade students in early May 2024. 

Admission process for 7th graders in TUSD schools.
1. Application. 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 March - May. Please contact your school CogAT test coordinator to find out the specific days.

3. Make-up Test. If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify the school CogAT Test Coordinator to test on a scheduled make-up date.


4. 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) if they qualify. All families should review the admissions criteria in the UHS admissions policy to understand the admissions process.


5. Results.  TUSD students will find out by mid-July if their CogAT score is high enough to continue the application process. UHS Admissions will mail final admission status letters by early February 2025.

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

1. Application. 7th graders not enrolled in TUSD schools must submit an application to the Assessment & Evaluation Department or by email to [email protected] within the posted application window (March 27  - April 30, 2024). Students cannot test without submitting an application. 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 May 2024 at UHS.

3. Make-up Test. 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.

4. Grades. Parents are required to submit 2nd semester 7th grade and 1st semester 8th grade grades to the Assessment & Evaluation Department or by email to [email protected]  Alternately, parents can request their student’s middle school to send grades to UHS Admissions immediately following the end of 8th grade semester 1. Students attending a trimester school should submit transcripts for the entire 7th grade and the 1st trimester of 8th grade .  Photographs of grades are not accepted.

5. Results. Non-TUSD students will be notified by mid-July 2024 if their CogAT score is high enough to continue the application process. UHS Admissions will mail final admission status letters by early February 2025.
TUSD 8th grade students who did not test in 7th grade and do not opt-out will take the CogAT at their school (September - November).  Please contact the school CogAT Test Coordinator for exact dates.
UHS will be administering the CogAT for Non-TUSD 8th grade students in November 2023. Students must submit an application before testing.  Student information must be entered into the testing platform prior to testing.  


Admission process for 8th graders in TUSD schools
1. Application. TUSD 8th graders do not need to submit an application.  Please contact the school CogAT Test Coordinator if your student has not previously tested and you wish to have your student test.

2. Test. All 8th graders in TUSD schools who did not test during 7th grade and did not opt-out of testing are eligible to take the CogAT admissions test at their middle school.
Each school will schedule the test between September - November. Please contact your school CogAT test coordinator for testing dates.


3.
Make-up Test. If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify the school CogAT Test Coordinator to test on a scheduled make-up date.


4. 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) if they qualify. All families should review the admissions criteria in the UHS admissions policy to understand the admissions process.


5. Results.  Students who test in the Fall will be notified of qualification status in February 2024. 

Admission process for 8th graders in non-TUSD schools
1. Application. 8th graders not enrolled in TUSD schools must submit an application to the Assessment & Evaluation Department or by email to [email protected] Students cannot test without submitting an application. 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 November 2023 testing dates. The test will be at UHS.  Families will receive a link, by email, to register for a testing session.

3. Make-up Test. 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.
4. GradesParents are required to submit 2nd semester 7th grade and 1st semester 8th grade grades to the Assessment & Evaluation Department or by email to [email protected]  Alternately, parents can request their student’s middle school to send grades to UHS Admissions immediately following the end of 8th grade semester 1.  Students attending a trimester school should submit transcripts for the entire 7th grade and the 1st trimester of 8th grade .  Photographs of grades are not accepted..
5. Results.  Students will be notified of qualification status in February 2024.
UHS accepts transfers into 10th grade when seats are 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 the Assessment & Evaluation Department or by email to [email protected] within the posted application window (March 27- April 30, 2024).  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.

4. Results.  Shortly after testing, students will be notified if their CogAT score is high enough to continue the application process.

 
UHS accepts transfers into 11th grade when seats are 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. ApplicationAll students applying for transfer into grade 11 must submit an application to the Assessment & Evaluation Department or by email to [email protected]  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/SAT score of 1200 or equivalent indicator of college readiness. 


 
Admissions Contact
Admissions Policy
Contact
Dynah Oviedo, Ph.D - Admissions Coordinator
520-225-3225 | Contact Dr. Oviedo by email
School Information
Admissions Process
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. UHS does not accept mid-year transfers, incoming Seniors or international students applying as exchange students.


Criteria for admission to grades 9 and 10:

Score 7, 8 or 9 on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) (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). 

Combined points must total at least 50 for admissions offer.
Criteria for admission to grade 11:
The transcript must show successful completion of a rigorous program of studies.  Students must show college readiness with a PSAT/SAT score of 1200 or equivalent indicator of college readiness.

Testing.
 The CogAT test 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. Parents are required to submit grades to the Assessment & Evaluation Department or by email to [email protected]  Photographs of grades are not accepted. Please check under current grade level for specific required grades.

Communicating decisions. The Assessment and Evaluation Department will mail qualification status letters.

Admission status and test results.

7th grade - test results are mailed in mid-July following spring testing
8th grade Fall applicants - test results are mailed in February-March following fall testing
8th grade Spring applicants - test results are mailed in May following spring testing
9th grade - test results are mailed in May following spring testing
10th grade – do not test - letters are mailed in May following spring testing
Status notification letters are included with test results for Grades 8 & 9. All students with 50 points or more will be offered admission to University High School.

For more information about Admissions, please contact Dr. Dynah Oviedo by email. The UHS Admissions office is located at 102 N. Plumer Ave., Tucson AZ 85719.


For information about UHS curriculum, programs, extracurricular activities, tours, and events contact Ms. Katrina Messing by email.


For information about Transportation contact Ms. Martina Kimball by email.


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