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Admission Process

Ursuline High School is a Catholic college preparatory high school, operated by the Diocese of Youngstown that offers excellent academic and religious instruction in a positive school culture where all students feel safe and welcome. This atmosphere contributes to the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical growth of our students. Ursuline admits students who demonstrate the ability and desire to succeed academically, a willingness to accept the challenges and expectations of our curriculum, and the commitment to embrace the school’s Catholic identity and participate in the spiritual life of the school.

Admissions Contact

Maggie (Matune) Damore
Assistant Principal
Ursuline High School
750 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44505
Phone: (330) 744-4563
Fax: (330) 744-3358

Admission of Students to the Freshman Class

Students who have attended Catholic elementary schools within the Diocese of Youngstown for two or more years are admitted unconditionally if the following criteria have been met:

  • Satisfactory performance on the placement exam*
  • Completion of the admission forms
  • Average or better achievement in their eighth grade course of study
  • Satisfactory Discipline and Attendance Records

Students from schools other than diocesan Catholic elementary schools or students who attended Catholic elementary schools for less than two years may be admitted based upon the following criteria:

  • Satisfactory performance on the placement exam*
  • Completion of the admission forms,
  • Average or better achievement in their eighth grade course of study, and
  • Satisfactory Disciplinary & Attendance Records

Once the above items have been submitted and satisfactorily reviewed by the Ursuline administration, an interview with the Assistant Principal will be scheduled for the student. Following the interview, an admission decision will be made by the Ursuline administration and conveyed to the parent/guardian.

Class of 2028

Students in the Catholic elementary schools will be given applications for admission on January 22, 2024.  Students who do not attend a Catholic elementary school may pick one up from the Ursuline Main Office beginning January 25, 2024. Applications will also be available at the Ursuline Open House on February 4. The first application deadline is Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. Catholic school students who apply by the February 6, 2024 deadline will receive an admissions decision from Ursuline on February 27 and be invited to schedule their classes in March. Other applicants will be contacted by the school to set up an admissions interview. Following the interview, an admissions decision will be given. Accepted students will be invited to make an appointment to schedule classes.

*Any prospective student from a Catholic, private, or public school district must register to take the test at Ursuline High School. Please visit www.ursuline.com/rsvp to register for the next test.

Admission of Transfer Students

Ursuline High School does not ordinarily admit transfer students in their senior year. The only exceptions will be for students moving into the Ursuline High School district or for students with extraordinary pastoral needs.  Each transfer case is reviewed by the Ursuline administration.  The first application deadline is February 6, 2024.  Students may be admitted based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of the admissions forms
  • Satisfactory High School Transcript
  • Satisfactory Disciplinary & Attendance Records
  • An interview with the Assistant Principal

Admissions & Financial Aid Process

In-Coming Freshman Admissions Process (Class of 2028)

Families considering Ursuline High School are encouraged to attend as many Ursuline events as possible to learn more about the value and benefits of an Ursuline education. Specific events planned for future Ursuline students and their families are detailed under Events for Prospective Families. Especially informative for prospective families is the Family Information Night on October 26, 2023 and the Open House on Sunday, February 4, 2024.  Please visit the Open House page for more information on the event and to sign up for your appointment. If you are not already receiving mail from Ursuline, please fill out the Request Information Form, and you will be added to our mailing list.

All prospective ninth grade students are required to take the placement test, which helps the school administration to determine appropriate courses for each student. This exam will be held on November 18, 2023,  December 9, 2023, and March 9, 2024.  Students are highly encouraged to register for the November or December tests in order to be able to apply by the first registration deadline.  Students should bring several number two pencils and a drink with them. Reservations for the placement exams can be made by contacting by visiting www.ursuline.com/rsvp.

Following Ursuline’s Open House on February 4, members of the administration will host the admitted Catholic elementary school students, regardless of their feeder school affiliation, and their parents on Saturday, March 9 and Thursday, March 14 to complete the registration process. Families will have the opportunity to sign up for an appointment.  If neither date works for a family’s schedule, please call Mrs. Maggie Damore at 330-744-4563 to make other arrangements. Parents will receive more specific information about these events in January. Students not enrolled in a Catholic elementary school, should contact Mrs. Maggie Damore, Assistant Principal, at 330-744-4563 for information about the registration process.  Applications from students who attend public and other area private schools will be reviewed by the administration and a follow up meeting will be scheduled.  Completed applications may be dropped off at the Ursuline Office Monday – Friday from 7am-4pm. The first registration deadline is Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Applications will be available beginning Sunday, February 4, 2024 at the Open House or by calling the main office beginning Monday, February 5 . The due date for Financial Aid Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be announced soon. Late applications will be accepted, but will only be considered after all applications turned in on time have been processed. Notifications of financial aid awards are mailed to the student’s home in early June. No student will be considered for financial aid unless they are a registered student at Ursuline High School.

Transfer Students
(Classes of 2026 and 2027)

Students transferring from other high schools will be considered for enrollment on an individual basis. Students wishing to transfer to Ursuline must submit a completed application, including a current report card, disciplinary record, and official transcript, to be considered for admission. These materials will be reviewed by the administration, and the family will be scheduled for an admission’s interview with Mrs. Maggie Damore, Assistant Principal. The first application deadline is February 6, 2024.

The Irish Experience

Shadow Days

  1. What is a shadow day at Ursuline High School?
    Typically, a shadow day is an opportunity for eighth grade students to spend the day at Ursuline and experience firsthand what it’s like to be a member of the Ursuline family. Students that shadow are paired with an Ursuline student, usually a freshman, for the day to attend classes, go to lunch and get a true feel for student life at Ursuline.
  2. When should I schedule a shadow day?
    Eighth grade students can schedule their Shadow Days most days from December 5, 2023 through April 26, 2024. Shadow Days can be scheduled by calling 330-744-4563 or by emailing mdamore@youngstowndiocese.org. Shadow Days will begin to be scheduled on November 27, 2023.
  3. How many students can schedule on a single day?
    Ursuline reserves the right to decide on the number of students who shadow at Ursuline on a particular day; however, normally no more than 4 students will be scheduled to shadow on a single day.
  4. How far in advance should I schedule a shadow day?
    Please allow the staff three school days to schedule a visit.
  5. Is a shadow day a full day or a half-day?
    We recommend that students shadow for the entire day to fully experience life at Ursuline, however half days can be arranged at the request of a family.
  6. How do I schedule a shadow day?
    Those interested in shadowing should email mdamore@youngstowndicoese.org or call Ursuline at 330-744-4563.
  7. What is a shadow day like?
    Typically students shadowing should arrive at Ursuline at 7:50 a.m. and report to the Main Office (2nd floor). There the students will be paired with their Ursuline host for the day. The school day ends at 2:30 p.m. and the shadowing students will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m at the Bryson Street entrance. Ursuline provides lunch, although a student may bring his/her own lunch.
  8. What is the dress code for a shadow day?
    Students shadowing at Ursuline may dress casually. Ursuline asks that students do not wear ripped pants, sweatpants, leggings, or yoga pants. Athletic wear is not appropriate for a Shadow Day. While the shadowing students are not required to wear their current school uniform or the Ursuline uniform they are asked to dress appropriately.
  9. Can I shadow with an Ursuline student that I know?
    Yes, if a student knows a current Ursuline student they would like to shadow, parents are asked to make that request known when they schedule the shadowing visit. If shadowing students do not know any current Ursuline students, the shadowing student will be paired with an Ursuline student based on interests in academics, extra-curricular activities, etc.

Admission Events

Ursuline Visits to Catholic Elementary Schools

Fall 2023

Prospective Family Night

October 26, 2023

Seventh and eighth graders and their parents are invited to hear a presentation from the Ursuline Administration and Faculty about the curriculum and programs of Ursuline. An extensive financial aid overview will be given as well as a tour of the Ursuline facilities. Moderators of Ursuline’s extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to athletics, music, Speech and Debate, and theatre.

8th Grade Scholarship and Placement Test

 November 18, 2023, December 9, 2023, and March 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Students will be taking the Scholastic High School Placement Test which tests in mathematics, English, reading, science, quantatative reasoning, and verbal. All students seeking admission to Ursuline High School must take this exam.  All prospective students will take the test at Ursuline High School. Students may also take the test at Cardinal Mooney High School and the results will be shared with Ursuline. We encourage all prospective students to take the exam in November or December so that students are eligible for registration in March. There is no cost to take the test. Students are asked to bring several sharpened #2 pencils and water for the test. Casual dress is encouraged. The fall tests will be given in the UHS Cafeteria. Students may be dropped off on the ramp outside of the cafeteria on the test date.  The March test date location is TBA.  You will receive an email 2-3 days prior to The Scholarship and Placement Test with additional test day details.

Sign up here for upcoming test administrations!

New Year's Party

Sunday, December 4, 2021 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

Kick off 2024 with the Ursuline Student Ambassadors.  Students in grades kindergarten, one, and two are welcome to wear their pajamas, bring a sleeping bag, and join us for an evening of fun activities highlighting literacy and art.  The evening will conclude with a movie on the big screen and delicious movie style snacks.  Please visit www.ursuline.com/rsvp after November 1 to sign up for the event.

Open House

February 4, 2024 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Meet the Ursuline Administration, Faculty, Coaches and Students at the annual Open House. Opportunities to learn about the complete Ursuline experience are available for the entire family Student led tours of the building will be given. Presentations from the Concert Band and the Speech and Debate Team will take place. Applications for Admission and Financial Aid paperwork for the 2023-2024 school year will be available at the Open House. All eighth grade families in attendance will have the opportunity to register for one of several raffles.

7th Grade Day

March 7, 2024 * This date was updated on November 7, 2023 due to a scheduling conflict.  

7th Graders from Holy Family, Saint Charles, Saint Christine, Saint Joseph the Provider, Saint Nicholas, and Saint Rose will be registered through their school. If your child does not attend one of the listed schools, please visit www.ursuline.com/rsvp to register.

Catholic School Registration

March 9 (10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and March 14 (3:00 – 6:30 p.m.)

Students who attend a public or other private school should bring completed applications to Ursuline High School for review. Upon review by the administration, an administrator will contact you with follow up registration information. Only completed applications will be reviewed by the administration. An interview may be requested.

3rd Grade Pen Pal

Date – TBA

5th and 6th Grade Day

April 12, 2024

5th and 6th Graders from Holy Family, Saint Charles, Saint Christine, Saint Joseph the Provider, Saint Nicholas, and Saint Rose will be registered through their school. If your child does not attend one of the listed schools, please visit www.ursuline.com/rsvp to register.

Class of 2028 Orientation

Date TBA

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