Admissions Process

Admissions Policy, Criteria, & Process 

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  • Class of 2028

    Saint Ignatius College Prep accepts applicants on the basis of entrance exam scores, previous academic performance and standardized testing, the promise of future development, consideration of Catholic heritage/school, the family’s history (if any) with the school, and adherence to the policies of the school. Saint Ignatius College Prep admits students of any gender, race, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies or policies related to admissions, scholarship opportunities, tuition assistance, athletics, and other school-administered programs. 

    Saint Ignatius College Prep has a holistic admissions review process within which a range of application components are reviewed collectively and comprehensively. Along with the HSPT entrance exam scores, our application for admission includes: final 7th grade and first term 8th grade report cards, a record of standardized testing from 7th and/or 8th grade, student and parent applicant statements, and recommendations. 

    An applicant for admission to the freshman class must be in the 8th grade. To be considered for admission to Saint Ignatius, students must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) Entrance Exam, and complete an application for admission. The application becomes available to students following the administration of the HSPT.
  • High School Placement Test (HSPT)

    The HSPT Entrance Exam took place on December 2, 2023.  For those students who took the Entrance Exam at Saint Ignatius College Prep, the application information was sent to the parent email on record.  The application is only open to students who took the Entrance Exam at Saint Ignatius.  

    Request for Accommodations

    Saint Ignatius College Prep can provide testing accommodations on the entrance exam should a psycho-educational evaluation, IEP, or 504 plan outlining recommended accommodations be submitted in advance. Documentation, including the completed Request for Accommodations Form, must be sent to Mrs. Shana Del Toro-McCann, Learning Specialist at by Friday, November 17, 2023.
  • Transfer Applicants

    Saint Ignatius College Prep considers applicants for transfer to the 10th and 11th grades. Transfer applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will open April 1, 2024 and are due by June 1, 2024, with admissions decisions communicated within the month of June. Saint Ignatius does not consider midyear transfers. Transfers are considered within the context of current enrollment and space availability. The transfer application typically includes parent and student statements, current transcript and record of previous standardized testing, four letters (two teacher recommendations, discipline and attendance record, and the Treasurer's office), and the application form.

    Please fill out the Transfer Inquiry Form to receive access to the Transfer Application. You will receive an email once the inquiry is processed by our department.

Class of 2028 Application Timeline

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  • Entrance Exam Registration and Tuition Assistance Application Open - November 11, 2023

  • Entrance Exam - December 2, 2023 | 8:00 a.m.

  • Admissions Application Opens - December 2, 2023

  • Admissions Application and Tuition Assistance Application Due - December 13, 2023

  • Admissions Decision and Tuition Assistance Notification - January 26, 2024

  • Enrollment Deadline - February 9, 2024

  • Freshman Family Meetings - February 20 and 22, 2024

  • Placement Testing - March 2 and 9, 2024

Statement of Fairness

Saint Ignatius College Prep abides by all applicable policies of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the IHSA. In doing so, Saint Ignatius College Prep does not promise or offer athletic scholarships of any kind. Violations of IHSA policies may result in loss of eligibility for the student, coach, and/or school. In recognition of our shared ministry, Saint Ignatius College Prep also does not promise, predict, or otherwise allude to specific dollar amounts regarding tuition assistance before a student takes the entrance exam. Saint Ignatius College Prep promotes the best attributes of our own school while respecting the legacy and traditions of other Catholic high schools.

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Saint Ignatius College Prep, a Jesuit Catholic school in the heart of Chicago, is a diverse community dedicated to educating young men and women for lives of faith, love, service and leadership.