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Announcements

Please check this website for updates on admissions testing.

2020-2021 School Year Information for Accepted Freshmen (in PDF)

Online placement exam information for incoming freshman (20-21) (in PDF)


See admissions information by Current Grade below for details.

Important Dates

  • Fall 2020 (dates TBD) Testing for 8th graders (rescheduled from last spring)
  • Spring 2021 Testing for 7th graders

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. Dynah Oviedo 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

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

All 7th graders testing in Spring 2021 for admission to 9th grade in 2022-23 will test online.

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 26 and May 14. 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.

Current 8th Graders

The calendar of important dates for students entering grade 9 in 2021-22 will be posted here when available.

All 8th graders testing in Fall 2020 for admission to 9th grade in 2021-22 will test online.

In 2020-21 we will follow the practices described above for 7th graders for the 8th graders who were not able to test the previous spring because of school closures:

Admission process for 8h graders in TUSD schools in 2020-21

  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 in late August/early September 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-November 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 8th graders in non-TUSD schools in 2020-21

  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. See the Announcements at the top of the page for the scheduled dates. 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. 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-November.
  3. Grades. This year parents need to request their student’s middle school to send grades to UHS Admissions or provide these directly to the Admissions Office 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.

Current 9th Graders

UHS accepts transfers into 10th grade when seats are available. The application window for transfers opens March 1, 2021, once the number of available seats is known. The application will be posted here.

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.

Current 10th Graders

UHS accepts transfers into 11th grade when seats are available. The application window opens March 1, 2021, once the number of available seats is known.

The application for 10th graders in 2020-21 applying to transfer to University High School in 2021-22 will be posted here in spring of 2021.

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.

Admission Links/Contact

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