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Prospective Families

When children become a part of UWC-USA movement, so do their parents. It’s a life-long relationship built on a shared understanding of the significance of the school’s mission and the impact a UWC graduate can make in the world.

That doesn’t make it any easier to let them go! For many parents, the thought of sending their child far away for school can be a daunting one. Will he or she be safe? Will he or she eat right? Will my child commit to his or her studies? Indeed, generations of UWC parents have asked these questions.

The simple answers are yes. The UWC-USA campus has 24-hour security, onsite nurses, a cafeteria that can be described as a cornucopia of choice, and dedicated staff who mentor, monitor, and guide each student in their UWC journey. Below are links to specific areas of our website that can provide you with more insight:

Applying to UWC

When your student applies to UWC, he or she applies to a national committee rather than the school. There are 17 UWC campuses around the world, and the committees can’t guarantee that successful applicants will get their first choice. Click here to learn more about the application process. No matter which school they attend, students discover a unique UWC experience that equips them for success in university and beyond.

Get Connected!

Learn about UWC from UWC parents. Join the UWC-USA Parent Facebook Group to ask questions and share experiences. You can also read our FAQ for Prospective Familes.


Jane Huber '12 talks about why she chose to attend UWC-USA.

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UWC-USA is one of 17 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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