Prospective Out-of-State Students

Now Accepting Out-of-State Applicants

For the 2023-2024 Academic school year, IMSA is accepting a small number of tuition-paying students from outside Illinois. Applications open on October 1, 2022.

Why Choose IMSA?

IMSA is a place where you can grow, discover and celebrate who you are. IMSA is committed to advancing equity in STEM education and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential. In order to do this, IMSA students stay on campus in our residence halls where living and learning meet. You’ll make new friends, encounter new ideas and have the opportunity to explore 75 clubs, organizations, and athletic programs. With the help of our Resident Counselors, you’ll develop independence and responsibility in and out of the classroom. Plus, you’ll be in a safe, nurturing environment with a comprehensive safety and security program and a 24-hour security center.   

In the classroom, IMSA’s academic program prepares students to become bold inquirers, problem solvers, and integrative thinkers. It challenges them to question, creatively probe, take risks, and test their ideas. Our faculty members, who are among the nation’s best, provide challenging opportunities for students to think critically and creatively, engage in exploration and discovery, and apply their knowledge to solve significant real-world problems. Other specialized learning options at IMSA give students additional opportunities to design a personalized learning plan based on their passions. Examples include Student Inquiry and Research (SIR), Total Applied Learning for Entrepreneurs (TALENT), Independent Study, international exchange programs, and leadership development programs.

The IMSA Experience

IMSA fosters the discoverers. The thinkers. The problem solvers of the future. Our diverse, residential Academy of 652 students in grades 10-12 promotes curiosity and exploration. We’re about more than great college prospects and jobs, we’re about making our families proud.

Qualifications and Eligibility for Out-of-State Students

The following information must be submitted by each eligible applicant to be considered for admission. Highly qualified non-Illinois applicants will be held to the same academic standards and must submit the same requirements as Illinois resident applicants.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy offers a uniquely challenging and advanced education for students talented in mathematics and science. Although the Admissions Process is highly competitive, there are no minimum scores required to apply. Those students who present the strongest combination of academic achievement, passion for STEM, and the ability to thrive in a residential school are invited to attend.

In order to determine this, IMSA utilizes a holistic selection process that incorporates classroom performance, participation in extracurricular activities, and leadership history with more traditional indicators of talent such as test scores (SAT Test) and grades. For this reason, students with the highest test scores may not necessarily emerge as the strongest applicants. Geographic and demographic variables are also considered to promote a diverse student population and enhance the learning of all students.

You can find more information about our Out-of-State Admissions Process in the official Out-of-State Admissions Policy for more information.

    1. Be a Resident of the United States and U.S. Territories, but not a resident of Illinois
    2. Have completed Algebra 1 and a high school equivalent science course: Applicants in eighth-grade must submit documentation of having completed an academic program comparable to ninth-grade-level work in mathematics and science. This must include a minimum of one year of algebra and one year of high school-level science. Online algebra and science courses can be used to meet the algebra and science requirements.
    3. Not be enrolled beyond the 9th grade: Current tenth through twelfth-grade students are not eligible for admission.
    4. Have a completed application file: Including an online application form, official grade reports, teacher evaluations, counselor form, and official SAT scores 
    5. Provide financial evidence of the ability to pay tuition