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posted: 2/18/2014 2:54 PM

Interested in IMSA? Apply online by March 1

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  • Madhu Krishnamurthy

      Madhu Krishnamurthy


The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is now taking applications from Illinois ninth grade students passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for consideration to its three-year (grades 10 through 12) advanced college preparatory program.

Admission to IMSA's teaching and learning laboratory is competitive. About 250 students are invited to live on campus out of roughly 750 applicants.

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IMSA is a state agency and tuition and most room and board expenses are provided by state funds. No student is refused due to inability to pay.

"We are looking for students who are interested in creating, building, and inventing, from designing experiments in their kitchens to problem-solving science fair projects," Director of Admissions Kelly Lofgren said in a news release. "Focused and enthusiastic students, who seek complexity and sophistication in their knowledge of math and science out of a true desire to learn, are strongly encouraged to apply."

Students must submit an admissions application electronically by March 1. The application is available online at Admission notification letters will be mailed in May.

The selection criteria for admission to IMSA include demonstrated interest and talent in mathematics and science, grades, teacher evaluations, a current SAT Reasoning test score, personal essays, and involvement in leadership and co-curricular activities. Students also can contact their high school guidance counselor or IMSA's Office of Admissions at (630) 907-5028 to request a paper application.

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