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Application due dates:

*Early application deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Regular deadline: Feb. 15, 2021

*Applicants who have completed applications (all three forms) by Jan. 15 receive preference for getting their top foreign language choices and will have time to correct any omissions or problems with the application, such as missing recommendations or transcripts, incorrect contact emails for recommenders, etc. Please note that meeting the early deadline is not a guarantee that you will be placed in your first choice language.

Please read and follow these instructions to ensure that your Uni application is complete and on time. 

If you have questions about any aspect of admissions, please DO NOT call the school. Email  Please allow two business days for a response.

Application fee: There is a $30 application fee to apply to Uni High, but it can be waived for people who cannot pay it. You can apply for a fee waiver at the end of the application. If you do not need a fee waiver, there will be instructions at the end to submit payment. If you do not meet the guidelines for a fee waiver, but cannot afford the fee, please email A fee waiver will not have any impact at all on our admissions decisions, and we don’t want it to stand in the way of applying to Uni!


There are three links to different forms, and all three must be completed.

Please follow the instructions carefully:

Part one: Recommendations and waivers

Go to the Recommendations link FIRST.  (

  • This form is where you tell us who will be completing your recommendation forms. You will also indicate, for each recommender, if you waive the right to read the recommendation.  
  • Please fill out only one recommender form. For each applicant we will only accept one form with the names of two recommenders.  Applicants for 8th grade should also complete the information for the current math teacher.
  • ONLY students applying to the 8th grade (subfreshman) year need the math form. If you are applying to grades 9-11, you do not need to fill out a recommender for the math form.
  • The areas of the form with red stars are required. The form cannot be  submitted if you do not fill out those areas.
  • Talk to teachers about completing recommendations before you give us their email addresses. Once the teacher agrees to complete the form, explain that you will give us their email and we will email the recommendation form to the teacher. The teacher will then submit it to us by submitting the form.
  • We strongly prefer recommendations from academic subject teachers who see/saw the applicant multiple times a week. Academic subjects include English, foreign language, social studies/history, math, science, etc.  
  • For homeschooled students, please see our homeschooled applicants page
  • Please be sure to enter the teacher’s email address correctly. This should be the teacher’s official school email. 
  • We will be spot-checking with schools and teachers to verify that the designated teacher filled out the recommendation form. 
  • Please indicate your decision about the waiver for each recommender. The information about the waiver is at the top of the page.
  • Your selection (waive/do not waive) will be shared with the recommender so that they understand if you will be able to see the recommendation form.
  • When you have completed this form, select submit at the bottom of the page. 
  • The sooner you complete this form, the sooner we can get the forms to your teachers.  Please do this early so teachers have plenty of time.

Part 2: Grade release 

Go to the grade release link after you’ve filled out and submitted the recommendations form. (

  • Please fill out the form carefully and ensure everything is correct. 
  • Once you submit the form, you will receive an email with the information you entered. You must send that information to the person or office at your school who can provide us with your transcripts. This will typically be the Registrar, but please check your school’s website or contact the school to find out who should receive your transcript request.
  • We need your transcripts from the first half of the current school year (20-21) and all of last school year (19-20).
  • If you attended multiple schools, please fill in the name of each school on the form.  If you attended more than three schools in the past year, please contact us at to let us know to expect additional transcripts for you.
  • Please DO NOT upload copies of grade reports you have received. The transcripts must come directly from the school(s).
  • Homeschooled applicants should see the homeschooled applicants page for information about transcripts. If you are homeschooled and have no formal transcripts, you do not need to complete this part of the application.

Part 3: Application

Go to the application link after you have completed steps one and two. (

  • Required information is indicated with a red asterisk.  The form will not submit unless those areas are complete.
  • Your choice to answer or not answer optional questions will not have any impact on your chances for admission.
  • Students in 6th or 7th grade can apply for 8th grade (subfreshman) class. Students in grades 8-10 can apply for the next higher grade. 
  • Please have the applicant complete the essays without assistance. 
  • Choose one essay for each essay section for a total of two essays. Do not submit more than one essay for each section.
  • Please do not include names or identifying information in the essays or parent statement. 
  • Read and follow the instructions carefully for the activity section. 
  • Please read the instructions for language selection carefully. Your selection will not be considered by the admissions committee; it is simply a way to make the registration process more efficient once a student is admitted. You must rank all five languages, and must differentiate between languages. For example, do not rank two languages with the same number. If you rank two or more languages the same, you will be randomly assigned to a language. 
  • You do not have to fill out the application fee waiver information if you are not applying for a fee waiver. You can go to the bottom of the page and fill in the payment information.
  • After you submit the application, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information about the application fee and fee waiver.
  • Please send the check with your application fee to: University of Illinois Laboratory High School Admissions, 1212 W. Springfield, Urbana, IL 61801
  • Timed writing activity: Starting in mid-January, each applicant who has submitted a complete application will receive an email with sign-up instructions for a timed, online writing activity.  The writing activity will consist of two short essays, and applicants will have an hour to complete them. These should be completed and submitted by the applicants with no outside help. We understand that applicants only have an hour and they are typically 12-15 years old; we do not expect perfection. No grades or scores will be attached to the essays. They really are a way to get to know applicants (and their writing) a bit better. No preparation or outside sources are necessary for the essays. All of the information will be based on your thoughts and opinions, and there are no right or wrong answers.