Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

igniting and nurturing creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition

IMSA Schedules 2012-13 Admissions Events: Apply Now!

IMSA has scheduled a series of admissions events this fall and winter for prospective students and parents to learn more about its academic, residential and admission programs.

Visit the IMSA Admissions website to see a listing of various admission program offerings for prospective students and their families.

Talented Illinois students enrolled in the equivalent of a ninth grade program are eligible for consideration to the three-year (grades 10-12) advanced college preparatory program.  All students live on campus. Tuition and most room and board expenses are provided by state funds, however some fees are charged based on family income. 

Applications for next fall enrollment to the IMSA Class of 2016 are now available here. An admissions application must be completed and submitted to IMSA electronically or postmarked no later than March 1, 2013.  Students also can contact their high school guidance counselor or IMSA's Office of Admissions at (630) 907-5028 or 1-800-500-IMSA to request a paper application, if internet access is not available.

IMSA’s program enables its students to reach extraordinary levels of achievement.  The Academy’s students are widely recognized by organizations such as the College Board Advancement Placement Program, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. IMSA’s innovative student inquiry and research (SIR) program has enabled students to conduct original investigations on compelling questions of interest, collaborate with other students and on-campus or off-campus professionals such as educators, researchers and scholars, and share their investigation results through public presentation and publication. 

In addition, students in SIR earn numerous awards from national and global competitions including Intel Science Talent Search, the International Physics Olympiad and the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The Academy also offers many fine and performing arts opportunities, 27 cocurricular activities and 18 interscholastic sports.

IMSA’s highly accomplished graduates forge new frontiers as nationally recognized scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers and leaders in other fields. IMSA alumni have been featured for their next-generation technological applications (such as Paypal and YouTube) by Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal and the annual Webby online achievement awards.


The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) will host two types of on-campus visitation opportunities this academic year:

IMSA Preview Days

IMSA Preview Days are an opportunity for students, their parents and teachers interested in learning more about the Academy's academic and residential life programs. Meet with current IMSA students, their parents, IMSA staff, and get a first hand look at what IMSA’s programs are about. Several discussion panels and tours of our facilities will be held in the afternoon. We respectfully request student guests attend Preview Day with at least one adult.

Each IMSA Preview Day is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, November 10, 2012
  • Sunday, January 27, 2013

No advance reservations are needed for IMSA Preview Days.  These are formally structured events. Please arrive by 10:30 a.m. to take advantage of all offerings.

Saturday 2-Hour Tours at IMSA

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy will open its doors to prospective students and parents one Saturday of most months beginning October 2012 through April 2013 to provide information about its residential educational program.

During the sessions, called Saturday 2-Hour Tours at IMSA, admissions staff will be available to answer questions about the admissions process and provide information about IMSA's academic and residential programs.  There also will be opportunities to speak with current IMSA students during the Student Ambassador led tours.

Advance reservations are required and space is limited. See a list of Saturday 2-Hour Tour dates for the 2012-13 academic year or to RSVP for a morning (10:00 a.m. – noon) or an afternoon (noon – 2:00 p.m.) session.

(Reservations will be available online two weeks prior to the event.)

IMSA Statewide Informational Meetings

IMSA admission staff members also will hold statewide informational meetings throughout Illinois in these locations.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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