Frequently Asked Questions

1. What advice can you give me about deciding which school to attend?
Visit each school so you are comfortable and able to make the right decision for you based on what you experience, not what you heard.  You, the student, need to find the right match for you!

2. How many girls will you accept this year? Who decides the number?
In order to allow us to best serve our students, Saint Ursula Academy currently plans for a freshman class between 160 and 170 students. This number is based on a constant review of proper facilities and support for our student body by our administration and Board.

3. How do I study for the High School Placement Test?
The best preparation for the High School Placement Test is to continue to do well your current classes at school. Keep up with your homework and study for all tests, even if you think you know the material. You can find specific study tactics and techniques for the High School Placement Test at

4. How do you decide who gets admitted?
Each student who takes the High School Placement Test (HSPT), fills out the application and submits grade school records will be considered for admission. An admissions committee reviews each candidate to ensure that the candidate is ready for a college preparatory academic course load. 

5. Are the classes hard?
The classes are challenging because Saint Ursula Academy uses a college preparatory curriculum, but courses are designed for students to succeed. Each student is challenged to meet her own potential in a variety of subjects; however, it is done with tremendous support from the faculty. The caring teachers at Saint Ursula Academy are passionate about supporting young women and helping them succeed as learners.  

6. What is the difference between Saint Ursula Academy and other schools?

  • Our mission and how we live it each and every day sets us apart from other schools. Saint Ursula Academy is a nurturing Catholic educational community founded in the Ursuline tradition. Saint Ursula encourages academic excellence and empowers each student to become a woman of faith, integrity and courage committed to building a better world.
  • Saint Ursula Academy students have a mean ACT score of 27.
  • 100% graduate
  • 86% of the Class of 2016 received college scholarship offers totaling $22-million 
  • The Saint Ursula campus is located in the heart of the Cincinnati’s cultural center, offering community classrooms at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Krohn Conservatory, Playhouse in the Park and much more.
  • Saint Ursula has a full campus that blends rich tradition with state-of-the-art learning tools. The campus helps many students gain confidence for their transition to college.
  • One of the hallmarks of a Saint Ursula Academy education is our welcoming community. Students, faculty, and staff strive to create an inclusive, warm, and engaging environment where all students feel like they can find their niche.
  • Our outstanding Counseling Department specifically addresses academic and personal growth, college and career awareness, and the development of the whole person. Each student is assigned to one of five skilled counselors who will provide caring and consistent support as she plans her future.
  • Saint Ursula Academy has a proven 4-bell block schedule where students attend four 80-minute classes a day.

Some advantages of the 4-Bell Day:

1.     Longer class periods allow teachers sufficient time to introduce a concept and completely explain it. Students have the time to explore a concept, to put it into practice, or to complete a discussion, all in the same class period.

2.     Students have fewer subjects to handle at one time, making their academic life much more manageable. 

3.     The longer class period prepares students for the length of a typical college class and the depth in which a topic is covered.

4.     Classes may be able to take a field trip within a class period.

7. Is it hard to get on a sports team?
In order to play any OHSAA athletic sport, the student must live in the state of Ohio. Each season there is a team that has a “no cut” policy for students looking to participate. However several of our teams have limited rosters and do cut, but have a variety of levels available (varsity, reserve, and freshman squads). 

8. Do you have to "know" someone to get into Saint Ursula?

No, our admissions requirements are the same for every applicant.

9. How do you decide who is appropriate for the Educational Services Program?
Our Educational Services Program (ES) Coordinator, Ms. Geri Walsh, along with the admissions committee, will consider admissions decisions for the ES Program. Program requirements are listed on this website.

10. What kind of grades/scores do you need to get in?
Saint Ursula Academy seeks students who score above average on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) and demonstrate a solid academic record. We evaluate each applicant's records and test schools to identify potential to succeed as participating and contributing members of the Saint Ursula student body. 

11. What if I’m not Catholic?
Saint Ursula welcomes students of all religions to apply and receive the strongest educational experience available. Saint Ursula Academy provides an excellent a nurturing environment for girls as they move through their teenage years, and we believe all young women can benefit from that. While Saint Ursula is a Catholic high school, we believe young women of ANY faith can flourish by experiencing a challenging education that also teaches them to become better, stronger women by engaging in self-reflection and positive action. The mission of Saint Ursula Academy is to educate each student to become a woman of faith, integrity, and courage committed to building a better world.

12. What is the Tablet PC? 
The Tablet PC is a laptop computer with a display that spins and an “inking” or pen component. Textbooks, homework assignments, and student grades are accessible through Schoology, DyKnow, and PowerSchool using the Tablet PC. 

  • Students use the Tablet PC to write or type notes, highlight textbooks, do homework assignments, and write papers all in the same place, maximizing their organization.
  • Students use the Tablet PC to communicate with their teachers, fellow students on collaborative projects, coaches, club moderators, classmates, and parents.

Using the technology that is second nature to this generation of student is part of educating the 21st century learner.

 13.  Where do students who attend Saint Ursula Academy live?

Students who attend Saint Ursula Academy come from about 70 different grade schools and approximately 40 different zip codes.  Students live all over the greater Cincinnati area, including Indiana and Kentucky.

14.  What is the tuition at SUA?

Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $13,060.  The yearly technology fee is $600.  There are two options for payment of tuition:
1.  Full payment - Parents may choose to pay the total tuition and fees prior to/or on July 1, 2017.
2.  Eleven (11) Installments – Parents may choose to pay to pay the total tuition and fees in eleven (11) monthly payments beginning in June 2017.  *No interest is charged for parents who choose to make installment payments. 

15.  What is the lunch program like?

The Bulldog Fresh Market provides a variety of fresh, healthy and delicious meals prepared onsite daily.  A salad bar is available as well as various wraps, sandwiches, kitchen chips, and healthy fountain drink choices as well as a featured hot main course each day.  The cookies are delicious!

16.  How big is the student body at SUA?  

Saint Ursula Academy currently has 660 students.

17.  What types of clubs and organizations are available?

SUA offers over 60 different student clubs and organizations.  Students are also able to start clubs and organizations that we don’t currently offer.
Saint Ursula Academy
1339 East McMillan Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone: 513-961-3410
Fax: 513-961-3856
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