Admissions Policy

Ursuline Academy is a four-year college-preparatory independent Catholic high school for young women founded by the Ursuline Sisters of Brown County, Ohio in 1896. In the Catholic tradition of Ursuline education, the mission of Ursuline Academy is to prepare the young woman for college and beyond by nurturing her soul, intellect, heart, and imagination.

All eighth grade students applying to Ursuline must take the Entrance Test (HSPT) to be considered for admission. Because Ursuline is academically challenging and has selective admissions, the entrance test is an important indicator of a student’s potential for success within the Ursuline curriculum.

Applicants' entrance test scores, along with their grades, other standardized test scores, and admission essays, will be considered to determine admission to Ursuline and will also inform course placement recommendations for students who enroll at Ursuline.

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.

8th graders interested in applying to Ursuline's Class of 2026 can learn more about the process here.