Prospective In-State Students

You Belong Here

At IMSA, you will explore, learn and impact the world.

Students celebrate the tradition of Holi – just one of the many ways IMSA students celebrate their culture and the cultures of their classmates.

Why Choose IMSA?

IMSA is a place that you can grow, discover and celebrate who you are. You’ll 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.

The IMSA Experience

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

What academic qualifications are necessary for admission?

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy offers a uniquely challenging and advanced education for Illinois students talented in mathematics and science. Admission to IMSA is determined by a competitive process in which all applicants are required to submit a specific set of materials (listed below). Although the 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 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 Admissions Process in our official Admissions Policy.

In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Be an Illinois resident: Illinois primary residency must be established by the first day of semester 2 or the first day of trimester 2 of the year of application.
  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 online application form, official grade reports, teacher evaluations, counselor form, and SAT scores (SAT scores are optional for a completed application file, but admitted students will be expected to complete it before starting class).