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Pre-College Saturday School FAQ

Q: What is Saturday School?

Pre-College aspires to create innovative learning experiences that encourage high school students to develop a meaningful and consequential engagement with the arts. Our programs support the cultivation of curiosity, critical thinking, and creative exploration in young learners and artists.

Saturday School (gr. 9 - 12) consists of immersive college-level writing, performing, and visual arts classes for high school students. Saturday School classes foster artistic exploration and critical inquiry, emboldening high school students to think creatively and collaboratively, as artists and innovators. These extracurricular courses give young people the opportunity to experience college-level coursework in the arts and explore contemporary creative professions. Many students take Saturday School classes to develop their portfolios for college admission.

Q: How do I register for Saturday School ? Is there a deadline?

You can register online on the Classes & Registration page for Saturday School.   We require payment in full to process a registration.    

The deadline for registration is day before classes start, space permitting. Many courses fill quickly, so be sure to register early.

Q: Who teaches Pre-College classes?

Saturday School (gr. 9 - 12) courses are taught by artists, experts, and creative professionals. The majority of our faculty teach in the degree programs at UArts. Our faculty is comprised of seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise and collaborate with the next generation of artists.

Q: Where is UArts? How do I get to campus?

UArts is located in the cultural district of Center City—the heart of downtown Philadelphia. is situated in a safe area of the city, near historic City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, and Rittenhouse Square, and within walking distance from world-class museums, theaters, and concert halls.

UArts is dedicated to keeping all Pre-College students safe. Academic buildings are staffed with security officers, and only those with a UArts ID or building pass are permitted inside UArts buildings.

Getting to UArts

The University of the Arts is easily accessible by public transportation from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware via the SEPTA Regional Rail and the NJ Transit PATCO high-speed line. Campus is just a 10-minute walk from SEPTA Suburban Station and a 5-minute walk from PATCO 12-13th & Locust Station.

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Q: How many students are in Pre-College classes?

Saturday School (gr. 9 - 12) classes typically have 10-12 students per class.

Q: Is financial assistance available?

A limited number of scholarships are available for Saturday School.

View Saturday School (grades 9–12) scholarship application information

Q: Who do I contact if I have to miss a Saturday?

Let the Pre-College office know by emailing

Q: Will I be graded for Saturday School?  Will my instructor provide feedback?

Saturday School classes are non-credit and students do not receive a grade. Each Saturday School student will receive a narrative evaluation from their instructor after the semester is over.

Q: Will I get college credit for Saturday School? Can I have an admissions portfolio review?

Saturday School classes are non-credit. Admissions counselors are generally available for portfolio reviews on the final day of Saturday School (contact for more info) and are incorporated into the Portfolio Preparation course.

The Pre-College Summer Institute @ UArts offers credit-bearing programs in Art, Media + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Music Industry, and Theater for creative high schoolers. Students gain college-level training while working with UArts’ expert visual, writing, and performing arts faculty. Residential and commuter options are available.  Programs start in July. Saturday School students receive a 10% returning student tuition discount.

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Q: If I complete Saturday School classes, will I be accepted to UArts’s undergraduate program?

During Saturday School at UArts, you will have the opportunity to get feedback on your work from faculty and peers. Participation in Saturday School does not guarantee admission to UArts’s undergraduate program. For more information on how to apply for an undergraduate degree at UArts, contact the Office of Admissions: or (215)717-6049.

Q: I work at UArts and am eligible for Tuition Remission.  How do I use this benefit for Pre-College?

Check with Human Resources at (215)717-6365 to determine if you are eligible for tuition remission for your dependent children.  If you are eligible, you can use your tuition remission to enroll your child in  Saturday School (grades 9–12).  

To register for Pre-College using tuition remission:

  1. Submit the Tuition Remission Request Form to 
  2. Create a student profile for your child in our new registration system, if you have not done so already. Once HR approves your Tuition Remission Request, our office will share the tuition remission payment code that you can apply at check-out.


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Pre-College Programs
211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 910
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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