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Factors considered in college admissions

Class rank (6-semester cumulative GPA)

Demonstrated leadership

Employment status during high school

Extra- and co-curricular involvement

First-generation college student status

Legacy status

Letter(s) of recommendation

Life experiences

Obstacles overcome

Potential contributions to diversity (breadth of experience, geography, ideology, lifestyle, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, world view)

Quality of high school (% of graduates going to 4-year colleges)

Significant extenuating circumstances

Socioeconomic status

Special abilities, talents, and achievements

Standardized test scores

Strength of high school curriculum (depth in each subject area, honors or accelerated courses, AP/IB courses)

Strong, ongoing commitment to social service and/or volunteer activities

Writing ability

Factors considered in college admissions

College career readiness factors

College/Career Readiness Factors

  • Grades in College Prep Courses83.4%

  • Strength of Curriculum65.7%

  • Admission Test Scores (ACT/SAT)59.3%

  • Grades in All Courses46.2%

  • Essay or Writing Sample26.6%


  • Student Demonstrated Interest (Interview)23.0%

  • Counselor Recommendation19.4%

  • Teacher Recommendation19.0%

  • 2008 NACAC Admission Trends Survey

School profile highlights

School Profile Highlights

92% attend higher education

Test scores significantly higher than national norm for ACT, SAT, and Nat’l Merit Recognition

18 Advanced Placement Classes

810 AP tests taken in Spring 2012

70% of test takers scored a 3 or higher

Grading scale is thoroughly explained

Lowest passing grade is 60% using a +/- system

Bbhhs class rank reporting

BBHHS Class Rank Reporting

Brecksville-Broadview Heights does not rank students for college admission. We will only report the top 10% of the graduating class.

Top 10% of class of 2013


~4.1 and higher

Standardized testing

Standardized Testing

ACT: taken by 304 BBHHS students

(76% of class of 2012)www.actstudent.org

SAT: taken by 147 BBHHS students

(37% of class of 2012)www.collegeboard.com

Act overview

ACT Overview

  • ACT is offered 6 times per year

  • 5 section exam with NO penalty for incorrect answers

  • English (focuses on grammar)

  • Math (curriculum up through trigonometry)

  • Reading (prose fiction, social science, humanities, and natural science)

  • Science (charts and experiments)

  • Writing (optional, but highly recommended)

  • Scored 1-36 for each section

Suggestions for improving scores

Suggestions for improving scores…

  • English and Math are content based sections.

  • For reading: READ, READ, READ

  • For science, play timed logic games and puzzles. Just FYI - Statistically, the most an average person can improve their ACT score from their baseline is 3 points. It's a competitive goal to achieve!

Act writing 2 things to know

ACT Writing…2 things to know

  • The writing prompt will do two critical things:

    • Describe an issue that's relevant to a high school student’s life

    • Ask the writer to write about the issue from his or her own perpsective

  • Typically, the sample prompts will give two perspectives on the issue. The writer can decide to prove one of the perspectives, or create and support a new perspective on the issue.

  • http://testprep.about.com/od/act/tp/Improve_Your_Writing_ACT_Essay.htm

Act writing sample essay prompt 1

ACT Writing Sample Essay Prompt 1

  • Educators debate extending high school to five years because of increasing demands on students from employers and colleges to participate in extracurricular activities and community service in addition to having high grades. Some educators support extending high school to five years because they think students need more time to achieve all that is expected of them. Other educators do not support extending high school to five years because they think students would lose interest in school and attendance would drop in the fifth year. In your opinion, should high school be extended to five years?

  • Source: www.actstudent.org, 2009

Sat overview

SAT Overview

  • SAT is offered 7 times per year

  • 10 section exam (3 in critical reading, 3 in math, 3 in writing and one experimental section)


  • Math (curriculum through geometry and Algebra 2

  • Critical Reading/Verbal (sentence completion, short & long critical reading passages, reading comprehension)

  • Writing (an essay question, grammar, usage, and word choice)

  • Scored 200-800 per section, added together for combined score

Suggestions for improving sat scores

Suggestions for improving SAT scores

  • Use official tests to practice with.

  • Create a collection of mature sounding words and phrases to incorporate into your essay.

  • If you're stuck on a math problem, start writing.

  • Read, read, read—especially topics that you don’t find particularly interesting.

  • Never leave any multiple choice questions blank.

Test prep options

Test Prep Options

  • http://www.kaptest.com

  • http://www.4tests.com/exams

  • http://www.testpreppreview.com

  • http://www.number2.com/

  • Cuyahoga County Public Library…

  • http://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/stdbackpage.aspx?id=9817

  • And, as available, prep class before school in the IDL…stay tuned to BEE-TV

Test information release tir

Test Information Release (TIR)

  • Is ACT Test Preparation!!

  • 2013 Saturday National Testing Dates:

  • Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Saturday, April 13, 2013

  • Saturday, June 8, 2013

  • Please note registration deadlines are ~ 1 month before test date administered

  • Visit http://www.actstudent.org/scores/release.html to place your TIR order!!

Honors diploma

Honors Diploma

  • 4 credits of English

  • 4 credits of Math

  • 4 credits of Science (must have Chemistry & Physics)

  • 4 credits of Social Studies

  • 3 credits of World Language or 2 credits each of 2 different world languages

  • 1 credit of Fine Arts

  • 3.5 cumulative GPA

  • 27 ACT or 1210 SAT (critical reading and math sections combined)

    * can only miss one of the criteria listed above

State university criteria

State University Criteria

Averages for the Academic Profiles of entering Class of 2012

University of Akron GPA: 3.1ACT: 20 - 26

Bowling Green UniversityGPA: 3.25ACT: 19 - 24

Central State University GPA: 2.4ACT: 16

University of CincinnatiGPA: 3.44ACT: 22 - 27

Cleveland State UniversityGPA: 3.12ACT: 18 - 24

Kent State University GPA: 3.22ACT: 20 - 25

**Some colleges within these universities are very competitive and require a much higher GPA for entrance into a specific major.

State university criteria1

State University Criteria

Miami UniversityGPA: N/AACT: 25 – 30

OSUGPA: N/AACT: 27 – 31

Ohio UniversityGPA: 3.3ACT: 21 – 26

Shawnee State GPA: N/AACT: 19 – 23

U of ToledoGPA: 3.09ACT: 19 – 24

Wright StateGPA: 3.06 ACT: 19 - 24

Youngstown State GPA: 2.83ACT: 17 - 23

Out of state schools

Out of State Schools

  • Criteria for admission varies for out of state applicants

  • Check admissions materials carefully

  • Check deadlines carefully

Advice moving forward

Advice moving forward…

  • Keep your grades up throughout the entire year!

  • Take strong and competitive classes during your senior year i.e. continue on in math, science, and world language classes

Ap helps students graduate on time

AP helps students graduate on time

  • Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time in four years.

  • Students who take five years or more could spend $8,000-$27,000 for each additional year needed to complete their degree.

  • Full study can be found at: www.collegeboard.org/research

Importance of planning preparing

Importance of Planning & Preparing

  • Only one in four students who enter college will complete their bachelor’s degree on schedule in four years.

  • Example:

    • “AP English Literature students had four-year college graduation rates that were 62 percent higher than students who had not taken AP English Literature.”

      *A 2008 study conducted by researchers from the Texas

      Higher Education Coordinating Board

Resumes activity records

Resumes/Activity records

  • Leadership roles/events planned

  • Honors and Awards

  • Community Service

  • Summer Activities/Internships

  • Employment

  • Special research projects/independent studies

College selection process

College Selection Process

  • Know yourself and what is important to you!

  • Know your credentials and the realistic choices you have earned!

  • Take advantage of resources

  • College Fairs in the summer and fall

  • College reps in the lunch periods next year

This summer

This summer…

  • Take college visits or participate in college fairs and summer programs

  • Look at college applications to get an understanding of what is expected in terms of deadlines, requirements (essays!!), etc…

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