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Frequently Asked Questions

What does UHS look for in a student?

We are looking for kind and community-minded students of demonstrated motivation and ability who will contribute to UHS beyond just the classroom. We are a school where adults believe in the promise of every student, and together we work to build and sustain a community of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and talents. We consider the following when evaluating applications: the teachers’ and counselor’s recommendations; the information given on the application; the student’s academic record, essay, and test scores; the student’s talents, character, and leadership qualities; and information gathered during the interview. Overall, the Admissions Committee considers whether UHS and the applicant are a good match.

How many spaces are in the freshman class, and how many students apply?

There are generally about 100 students in each entering class. We receive about 600 freshman applications each year.

Are campus visits and attendance at open houses required?

While we do not require students to visit and/or attend an open house, we do strongly encourage them to. Students who visit are given a first-hand opportunity to see our classes, teachers, students, and campus. Additionally, open houses are a time for families to experience UHS together.

Does UHS require an interview as part of the application?

Yes. Students will have a 25 minute, informal, one-on-one conversation with a teacher or a member of the Admissions Office. The purpose of this interview is for UHS to learn more about the student and for them to learn more about UHS, so no preparation is necessary.

Once we receive the Parent/Guardian Application and the application fee or fee waiver, applicants will be able to schedule their interview on Ravenna- Hub.

Which standardized tests do you accept?

While only one of the many parts of the application, submitting standardized test results is a required step in the UHS application process.

Applying for Ninth or Tenth Grade

  • Applicants for ninth and tenth grade take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), or the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE).
  • Please note that the SSAT or ISEE must be completed during the academic year in which your application is submitted, no earlier than August. Register to test in October, November, December, or January.
  • We only accept test scores directly from SSAT/ ISEE; we do not accept copies.
  • SSAT: Register to take the SSAT. Our school code is 7108.
  • ISEE: Register to take the ISEE. Our school code is 570572.

Applying for Eleventh Grade

  • Applicants for eleventh grade submit SSAT, ISEE, or PSAT scores.
  • SSAT or ISEE testing must be completed during the academic year in which your application is submitted.
  • PSAT testing can be completed during any academic year, but recent scores are preferable.

Applying for Twelfth Grade

  • Applicants for twelfth grade may submit PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores.
  • PSAT, SAT, or ACT testing can be completed during any academic year. The test does not need to be taken in the current academic year.
  • PSAT, SAT, or ACT: If taking one of these tests, please check to see if your test results are included as part of your school transcript. If not, please contact your school to have your score reports forwarded directly to us, or we will accept a photocopy of your score report.

Does UHS accept international students?

UHS does not sponsor international students for I-20 visas and we do not have a residential program. Additionally, we do not offer any ESL classes or review TOEFL scores as part of our Admissions process. If your family is moving to the Bay Area and these specifics are not applicable to your situation, we are happy to review an international application.

Does UHS accept transfer applications?

We consider transfer applications for a very limited number of spaces, based on availability. The process for students applying for tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade is identical to that for our ninth-grade class, with the exception of the required standardized testing. Please call us at (415) 447-3101 or send an email to admissions@sfuhs.org for additional information regarding opportunities for enrollment at UHS.

Are sibling and legacy applicants given priority in the admissions process?

While we value our longstanding relationships with sibling and alumni families, we cannot guarantee admission to students based on a prior association with UHS. Sibling and legacy candidates must undergo the same admission process as all other UHS applicants.

When will you let students know if they have been admitted?

Electronic Notification of Admissions and Financial Aid Decisions at 4:00 PM PST on Friday March 20, 2020 via Ravenna-Hub

What happens if I am placed in the UHS wait pool?

If you are placed in the UHS wait pool, you will receive a reply form in your admissions decision notification asking you to indicate whether you would like to remain in the wait pool should a space become available. We do not rank the wait pool.

What is the tuition at UHS?

Tuition for the 2019–2020 school year is $49,496.

Is there financial aid available? How do I apply?

Yes! Since our founding, UHS has been committed to building and sustaining a community of equity and excellence by admitting students of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and talents, regardless of their financial means. All financial aid awarded is based on family need. Families who are concerned that UHS may be beyond their means are encouraged to consider applying for financial aid which can make UHS an affordable option. Please click here to get more information about how to apply.

How much homework is there?

Like other independent schools in the Bay Area, UHS students receive about 45 minutes of homework per class each night, which translates to 2–3 hours per night.

What student clubs does UHS have?

As a student at UHS, you will find that you can be involved and have an impact here by participating and taking leadership roles in a wide range of student-run organizations and clubs. These groups enable you to apply your energies to meaningful pursuits outside of your classes. It is easy to start your own club at UHS; every year, students create and manage dozens of clubs and organizations with the guidance of faculty sponsors.

Clubs may include: Amnesty International, Art Club, Asian Club, Astronomy Club, Black Students Union, DanceDanceRevolution Club, Debate Club, Devil’s Advocate (school newspaper), Disney Club, Diversity Committee, Dodge Ballers, Epic Movie Club, Food Club, French Club, Gender and Sexuality Awareness, Girls Who Code, Green Club, Grilling for Good Club, Hope Cures Club, Investment Club, Kiva Club, Italian Club, Jewish Club, Latino Club, Math Pi-rates, Middle Eastern Club, Retrospect (School Yearbook), Robotics Club, Russian Club, The Satonics (student-run a capella group), Software Development Club, Stories for Success, Student Council, Students for Women's Equality and Rights, and VOX (Literary Magazine).

Where do UHS graduates go to college?

The UHS Office of College Counseling carefully guides our students and families through the college admissions process. Our graduates attend a variety of colleges and universities all around the country and the world. For a complete list of where our students matriculate, please visit the 2018 UHS School Profile.