Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.


What academic qualifications are necessary for admission?

Admission to IMSA is determined by a competitive process in which all applicants are required to submit a specific set of materials. The process is highly competitive, though there are no minimum scores required to apply. The students who present the strongest combination of credentials are invited to attend.

IMSA utilizes wholistic 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 emerge as the strongest applicants in the pool for the purpose of selection. Along with these criteria, geographic and demographic variables are considered to ensure a diverse student population.