Grades 9-12 Process

Thank you for your interest in University School. The following information and timeline will assist you with the free application process. Email Christina Townsend-Hartz at or call 216-292-2149 if you have any questions.

Available space in the school is limited. We recommend that interested families call as early as possible in the preceding academic year to begin the admission process. If this is your first contact with University School, please click here to complete the online inquiry form: 

Arrange a visit to the campus. We require the candidate to spend a day at University School visiting classes, having lunch, and generally seeing the school in operation on a regular school day, which begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. Applicant interviews are conducted by the Admission staff during the visit. Email Christina Townsend-Hartz at or call 216.292.2149 to schedule an appointment.

When you bring your son for his visit, we will arrange a tour of the school for you and an opportunity to speak with someone from the Admission Office. If this is inconvenient, an appointment may be arranged for another time.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION: To begin the online application process, create an account by visiting Parents can review and update the application as many times as they wish before submitting it to us. Please note that even if you have already completed an online inquiry form, you must complete an online application.
  1. STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE: The student applicant should complete this form after the school visit. Click HERE to complete and submit the questionnaire.
  2. TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS: Fill out the recommendation forms and give them to two different current academic teachers in English or History and Mathematics or Science.  Your son's teachers will complete and mail them directly to University School. 
  3. SCHOOL & TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM: Fill out the Authorization for Release of Records portion of the School & Transcript Request Form.  Your son’s school will complete the form and mail it directly to University School. 

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To register for the ISEE, go to Online registration closes three weeks prior to the test date.  Make sure you indicate that test scores should be sent to University School by using our school code 365941. The ISEE is administered on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon.

ISEE dates at the US Hunting Valley Campus:
October 14, 2017
November 11, 2017
November 19, 2017
December 2, 2017
January 6, 2018
February 10, 2018
March 3, 2018
April 7, 2018

Financial aid awards at University School are based on need. Our budget is finite, so it is important to apply as soon as possible.  Apply online at  For more information regarding Affordability at US including our Scholar Merit Program.

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Important Dates

Monday, January 8, 2018: Deadline for submission of financial aid materials

Monday, January 8, 2018: Deadline for student and parent visits and submission of application materials

Friday, January 12, 2018: Decisions and awards mailed

Friday, January 26, 2018:
Enrollment decision due

Wednesday, January 31, 2018:
Rolling Admission begins

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Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.