Admissions Policy

Ursuline Academy has selective admissions, which means that eighth grade students applying to Ursuline must take the Entrance Test *(please see update below) to be considered for admission. Because Ursuline is academically challenging, the test is an important indicator of a student’s potential for success within the Ursuline curriculum.

Admission is based primarily on the student’s test score, but also on seventh and eighth grade performance and elementary school standardized tests. After a period of time determined by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, students are sent a letter stating that they are either accepted, not accepted, or waitlisted. For every student who receives a letter of acceptance and complies with the registration deadline, there is a place in the class.

Ursuline Academy strives to provide a creative educational environment in which young women are assisted and encouraged to assume responsibility for their education. Admission is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the previous school year
  • Recommendation from the previous school
  • A satisfactory composite score on the Archdiocesan High School Entrance and Placement Test

Students will be considered on the basis of merit. Placement in the class will be available within a designated time period for all students to whom admission has been offered.

*Update: July 15, 2020

Ursuline has received notice from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that the Archdiocesan High School Entrance and Placement Test used by all Catholic high schools in Cincinnati will be waived for the 2020-2021 academic year due to Covid-19. This is the test that was to replace the previously used HSPT.

Read the statement from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati here.

Ursuline Academy is actively evaluating our admissions processes and procedures in light of this new development, and are confident that we will determine a process that fairly and appropriately assesses the application of each young woman who applies to Ursuline's Class of 2025. We will keep you updated as we make decisions.

Regardless of the ever-changing circumstances with the pandemic, we promise to provide a meaningful and informative admissions process for your daughters so that you can make an informed high school decision.

St. Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursuline Sisters, once wrote: “If according to times and circumstance, the need arises to make new rules or do something differently, do it prudently and with good advice.” We take her words to heart as we embrace the challenges and opportunities for creativity that this upcoming school year provides.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. I look forward to getting to know you and your daughters over the coming months.

Warmest regards,

Ashley Enyeart Higgins '09, Director of Admissions