Admissions FAQs

Learn with us FAQs

 What you’re applying for is to be part of the final two-year IB Diploma Program (IBDP). The IBDP is the last two years of high school–for some students that means grades 11 and 12; for others it means 12 and an additional year. But we are definitely a residential, university-prep, two-year high school.

The U.S. Selection committee awards about 55 Davis Scholarships each year. Half of the students attend UWC-USA and the other half attend the 17 other United World College schools around the world. A Davis Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship worth $25,000. More funding is available based on need.

Yes! While the Davis Scholarships for attending a UWC are for U.S. residents, others can either apply to UWC through their own National Committee or through the Global Selection Program.

In addition to the U.S. campus in New Mexico, there are United World College schools in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, and Wales.

UWC-USA and the other UWCs around the world are all boarding schools. This means you’ll live in a dormitory with students from around the world, eat meals in the dining hall of the school, and form a powerfully supportive community with your classmates over two years.

All students live in doubles or triples with students from other countries. The dorm rooms are not fancy, but they are comfortable.

Students who attend UWC attend are typically 16-19 years old. 

No; only semi-finalists and finalists are interviewed. During a typical year, 125 to 135 students are offered interviews.

It varies by year, but there are sometimes 40% male students and 60% female students.

While the United World College schools all have their own policies regarding textbooks and fees, at UWC-USA we do not charge for books.

No. Students must stay at the UWC to which they were admitted for the full two years.

The school year begins in early/mid August and runs through the end of May. There are three weeks (typically) for winter break.

Yes! There are very generous need-based scholarships available through the Davis UWC Scholars Program.  Hundreds of UWC alumni each year from all 18 schools are eligible for these scholarships.

UWCs are two-year programs, and students are obligated to complete the entire two years. Students and families sign a commitment form prior to enrollment.