School Spotlight: University High School


Established in 1976, University High School is "a rigorous, regional college preparatory school that serves academically-focused and intellectually-gifted students by providing curriculum and social support that educate the whole student."

High school graduation requirements include 4 years of English, 4 years of Math, 4 years of Social Studies, 3 years of Science, 2 years of World Languages, 1 year of Fine Arts, 1 year of P.E. – plus electives. All academic courses at UHS are Honors or Advanced Placement (AP).

UHS ia an academically-selective high school [there are no geographic restrictions]. Admission is based on applicants' qualifying scores on the Cognitive Abilities entrance examination and grad point averages for the two semesters prior to enrollment. For the 2013-14 school year, 1,792 students tested for entrance; 400 of those were extended offers of admission.

100% of students graduate and 99% matriculate to four-year universities. Students go on to attend Harvard, Reed, Stanford, U of A, Calvin, and others.

It is important to note that UHS shares a campus with the 1,148 students of Rincon High School (a previously "failing" school). Students are separated for all academic classes and lunch, but participate in clubs and sports together.

Interested in enrolling your child(ren) for the 2014-15 school year?  Call 520-232-5915 for more information or view the Admissions page to mark your calendar with important dates.

University High School AT A GLANCE

Type of School: public [part of the Tucson Unified School District], Grades 9-12

Accreditation: Advanced Accreditation Commission by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation

Location: 421 N. Arcadia Avenue, Tucson

Number of students: 989

Student/Teacher ratio: 28:1

Graduation Rate: 100%

% of Students who attend college: The percentage of UHS students directly matriculating into four-year institutions has remained at 99% for over 20 years.


  • DIVERSE STUDENT BODY – Over 49% of students are from Africa-American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian backgrounds.

Tuition: None

Uniforms: None

Bus service: Transportation is provided for TUSD students and city bus passes for many outside the district. A carpool plan is also in place.

Cafeteria: Students bring their own lunch or can purchase a hot lunch.

Foreign language: Two year requirement. Students choose between Spanish, French, Chinese, or German. AP Spanish is also offered.

Sports: Cheer, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Swimming/Diving, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field

Teachers: All 39 teachers are certified by the State of Arizona. 5 have Doctorates. 1 has a Doctor of Medicine (MD). 26 hold master's degrees.

School Hours: 9:05am-3:10 on M/T; 8:00am-3:10pm on W, TH, and F

Social Media: University High School on Facebook and University High School on Twitter [account is not currently active]

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