Application Information

2020-2021 School Year: The application for the 2020-2021 school year opened on January 2, 2019. Please view the timeline below. To enroll in PALCS and USP simultaneously in the fall, please complete a PALCS application in addition to the USP application. If you are currently enrolled in PALCS, you may complete your USP application and it will be considered for next school year according to the timeline below. If you are not currently enrolled in PALCS, you may complete your USP application and additionally complete your PALCS enrollment.

Enrollment Spots Available for the 2020-2021 School Year
Middle School
6th Grade: 30 Onsite/15 Virtual
7th Grade: 3 Onsite/10 Virtual
8th Grade: 15 Onsite/5 Virtual

High School
High School is currently full for the 2020-2021 school year. All applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Being placed on a waitlist does not guarantee the student will be accepted for the upcoming school year. While there is a waitlist, we do recommend all interested students apply in the event a spot does open up. We will select the most appropriate candidate for an opening that becomes available.

PALCS - USP

Application Information

Current School Year (2018-2019): The application deadline has passed for 2018-2019 participation in the University Scholars Program. The program has reached capacity for grades 7-12 for the current school year, though current interested 6th grade families may contact universityscholars@palcs.org to check limited availability. Families may still enroll in PALCS and participate in non-USP honors and AP programming through our standard cyber program. Standard academic information is available on our curriculum page and enrollment information is available on our application page.

Next School Year (2019-2020): The application timeline is available below. To wait to enroll in PALCS and USP simultaneously in the fall, please complete an Application of Intent to be notified when the general PALCS application is available this winter. If you are currently enrolled in PALCS, you may complete your USP application, when it becomes available and it will be considered for the next school year according to the timeline below.

PALCS - USP

Timeline for 2020-2021 USP Applications

Middle School Application Timeline

January 2, 2020: The University Scholars Program will begin accepting Applications for Participation for the 2020-2021 school year.
February 2020: Admission testing will begin for middle school applicants. Testing takes place at the Advanced Ideas Center, located at 1585 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. For those located in the Pittsburgh area, admission testing can also take place at the Pittsburgh office, located at 55 Alpha Drive West, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
March 1, 2020: Early decision deadline for participation in the University Scholars Program for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications must be delivered to the Advanced Ideas Center (during business hours) or postmarked by Friday, March 1, 2019 for early decision consideration. Early decision notifications will be mailed in early April.
March 2, 2020: Rolling admissions begins from this point until the available spots for the 2020-2021 school year are filled. The University Scholars Program will post an announcement on this page when enrollment has closed.
July 17, 2020: Deadline for all application materials for students interested in program participation for the 2020-2021 school year.
*Participation in the University Scholars Program requires enrollment in the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School (PALCS). PALCS enrollment information can be found at https://www.palcs.org/enroll-now/. Please wait until the 2019-2020 enrollment information is available to complete the PALCS Enrollment Packet. We cannot accept the 2019-2020 packet for the 2020-2021 school year.

High School Application Timeline

High School is currently full for the 2020-2021 school year. All applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Being placed on a waitlist does not guarantee the student will be accepted for the upcoming school year. While there is a waitlist, we do recommend all interested students apply in the event a spot does open up. We will select the most appropriate candidate for an opening that becomes available.
January 2, 2020: The University Scholars Program will begin accepting High School Applications for Participation for the 2020-2021 school year.
April 1, 2020: Deadline for all application materials for high school students interested in program participation for the 2020-2021 school year.
April 2020: Admission testing will begin for high school applicants. Testing takes place at the Advanced Ideas Center, located at 1585 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. For those located in the Pittsburgh area, admission testing can also take place at the Pittsburgh office, located at 55 Alpha Drive West, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
*Participation in the University Scholars Program requires enrollment in the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School (PALCS). PALCS enrollment information can be found at https://www.palcs.org/enroll-now/. Please wait until the 2019-2020 enrollment information is available to complete the PALCS Enrollment Packet. We cannot accept the 2019-2020 packet for the 2020-2021 school year.

Application for Participation

Begin your application by clicking on the Application Checklist below to see a list of all the required documents. You may access the official Teacher Recommendation form next. After downloading these documents, please scroll further down this page to complete the Application for Participation.

Application Checklist (.rtf)
Application Checklist (.pdf)
Teacher Recommendation Form (.rtf)
Teacher Recommendation Form (.pdf)

Application for Participation

The following is the University Scholars Program Application for Participation. Please take time to complete the application completely and accurately. You may alternately download, print and mail/fax the Application for Participation as either a .pdf or .rtf.

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Application Checklist (.pdf)
Application Checklist (.rtf)

The following is the University Scholars Program Application for Participation. Please take time to complete the application completely and accurately. You may alternately download, print and mail/fax the Application for Participation as either a .pdf or .rtf.

If no form displays here, please reload the page or try a different browser. Please call 610-344-0524 with any questions or concerns.