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Understanding Admission and the Role of Athletics. June 2010. Agenda. Overview of the the Impact of Athletics in the NESCAC and Ivy Schools Review of the Admission Process and Coaches Involvement The Academic Index. Admission Overview. Day 1 we discussed the Big 3 Academics

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agenda
Agenda
  • Overview of the the Impact of Athletics in the NESCAC and Ivy Schools
  • Review of the Admission Process and Coaches Involvement
  • The Academic Index
admission overview
Admission Overview
  • Day 1 we discussed the Big 3
  • Academics
    • Strength of academic program, grades and Testing (SAT, ACT,APs)
  • Activities
    • Hockey alone is not a formula for success
  • Personal Qualities
    • Interviews, Essays, Letters of Rec
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Admission Overview
  • Today We’ll Focus on…
  • The Process of Evaluating a Candidate at Ivy and NESCAC schools specifically
  • How Coaches Get Involved
  • Ivy vs. NESCAC and the nuances
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Admission Overview
  • Overview of Athletics Role in Admission
    • Can be a significant “tip” factor in admissions
    • Leverage it as a vehicle to help you achieve the education that you aspire to achieve
  • Coaches identify talent and have an understanding of academic/admissions credentials and past success
    • NESCAC and Ivy Coaches don’t always get the recruits they want
  • Admissions officers are made aware by coaches
admission reading and evaluation
Admission Reading and Evaluation
  • Players are identified as recruits
    • Focus immediately turns to the transcript, scores
  • Admissions does communicate with coaches on recruits
    • June-August coaches and liaisons are meeting on early commits and they meet throughout the year
    • Admissions may also inform the coach of strong admissions candidates that might be decent players
  • Well written and executed applications are important
    • A poor essay can be devastating to a case
understanding athletic admission
Understanding Athletic Admission
  • If coach identifies a player of interest…
    • Coach presents a list prioritizing “needs” and sometimes will rank order the top recruits on the list
    • Some schools will have an admission liaison pre-screen scores and a transcript to see if the “case” is in the ballpark
  • Sliding Scale Model: The stronger the player, the greater possibility for admission
    • Being a recruit can heal the sick, it can’t raise the dead
    • Watch out for killer Cs…some schools will be more flexible
    • Grade 11 C’s on a transcript may put you out of the running at schools such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Amherst and Williams
    • Cs from earlier in HS might be explained if you show growth
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Admission Overview
  • While many coaches may be examining the Academic Index number, the admissions officers reviews the Index in relation to the subjective academic assessment factors
  • Most important factor in admission in Ivy and NESCAC
    • Level of Rigor….are you taking any AP classes in grade 11/12?
  • Grades are the next most important factor
    • Grade 11 and first semester 12 are particularly important
    • Should I take a tougher program and risk a C or take an easier program and get a B?
      • Depends on the scenario, the school and the previous # C grades
    • The instance when rigor and grades are switched in importance is when you are at the edge of a band or an index average….then the grades become more important than rigor
  • Coaches have to look at the transcript to see if the case is presentable to coaching staffs
admission overview test scores
Admission Overview – Test Scores
  • We know scores are important, but how important?
  • IVY: It is a major part of the academic index. Sub-600 scores means you have to be a top 1-2 recruit in their class AND have good grades
  • NESCAC – A big driver for admission, but flexibility for top 1-2 athletes
    • Bowdoin, Colby, Conn optional scores
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Admission Overview
  • The “Booster” Concept
    • Name given to student-athletes with high tests and great grades
    • Every NESCAC and Ivy wants to find a few kids like this
      • Become less important in Ivy league, but HYP for certain are looking for 1-2 student-athletes per year with indexes about 210 and possibly 220
      • Several NESCAC schools have to find 1-2 recruits with 700+ scores – called A band recruits
    • Scoring in the high 600’s or low 700’s makes you a solid contender, but the higher the scores, the more options you’ll have
admission process
Admission Process
  • Every school is a little different
  • In both D-I/D-III, coaches are looking at several players for early commitments
  • In Ivy and NESCAC, students are always admitted as part of the regular process because grades, Oct/Nov/Dec scores are so important
  • The essays are HUGE for athletes!!!!!
  • Some schools will offer admission interviews during official visits
admission process ivy league
Admission Process – Ivy League
  • League office monitors and oversees on behalf of the Presidents recruiting and admission of athletes.
  • League created the Academic Index as formula to create a league minimum and a tool to force admission to admit a “representative” group of student-athletes
  • Over the last several years – response to “The Game of Life” – Ivy Presidents’ have monitored the admission of student-athletes more carefully
admission process ivy
Admission Process - Ivy
  • D-I programs, trying to compete nationally
  • Admissions provides extensive support to assist in working to make teams competitive
  • 36 recruits over 4 years…some will be boosters
  • Coaches are active in bringing transcripts, test scores to liaison for review
  • Each year school has to balance the academic index of the recruiting class….more to come in this workshop
academic index
Academic Index

Formula Used to Calculate a Standardized Number that incorporates tests and GPA

  • Formula Computed for Every Student
    • Not that important in admissions at most schools outside of athletics
  • All Recruited Athletes Must Average within 1-standard deviation from the institution’s average
  • No student may be admitted, without a significant institutional reason presented to the League, more than 2.5 standard deviations from the mean
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Academic Index
  • Hockey Programs and Athletic Departments Have to Average and Report to the League Each Year
  • School Averages
    • Harvard, Princeton, Yale = 208-210
    • Dartmouth = 204-206
    • Brown = 202-204
    • Cornell = 197-199
  • *Based on Historic Values as the School Average is Recalculated each June
  • Some Hockey Programs May Have Flexibility in the Average they Meet – can average lower than the general athletic averaging for other sports
the academic index
The Academic Index
  • Two Ways to Calculate
    • 1/3 SAT-I/ACT Average + 1/3 SAT-II Average + 1/3 Converted Rank Score
    • 2/3 SAT-I/ACT Average +1/3 Converted Rank Scores
  • Converted Rank Score is a GPA or Class Rank Calculation (based on charts or a formula)
  • Generally, 2/3 SAT-I Average + CRS is used
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The Academic Index
  • Examples: Student A
    • SAT-I: CR: 680 M: 630 WR: 610
      • SAT Average = 640 (64 Pts)
    • SAT-II: Chemistry 590, US History 610
      • SAT-II Average = 600 (60 Pts)
    • High School GPA = 3.4
    • Use 2/3 +1/3 Formula!
    • CRS = 68 Pts
    • AI = 64+64+68 = 196
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The Academic Index
  • Examples: Student B (Same Scores with a Rank in Class)
    • SAT-I: CR: 680 M: 630 WR: 610
      • SAT Average = 640 (64 Pts)
    • SAT-II: Chemistry 590, US History 610
      • SAT-II Average = 600 (60 Pts)
    • High School Rank 31/325 (top 10%)
      • There is a formula for % and absolute class rank
    • Use 2/3 +1/3 Formula!
    • CRS = 62 Pts
    • AI = 64+64+62 = 190
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The Academic Index
  • Examples: Student C
    • SAT-I: CR: 610 M: 590 WR: 600
      • SAT Average = 600(60 Pts)
    • SAT-II: French 600, Literature 510
      • SAT-II Average = 555 (56 Pts)
    • High School GPA = 3.3
    • Use 2/3 +1/3 Formula!
    • CRS = 67 Pts
    • AI = 60+ 60 +67 = 187
    • This is where admissions starts to get at the edge for some schools and for some players.
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The Academic Index
  • Examples: Student D
    • SAT-I: CR: 720 M: 760 WR: 740
      • SAT Average = 740 (74 Pts)
    • SAT-II: Math I 740, US History 780
      • SAT-II Average = 760 (76 Pts)
    • High School GPA = 3.8
    • Use 1/3 +1/3 +1/3 Formula!
    • CRS = 75 Pts
    • AI = 74+76+75 = 225 (WOW!!!!!!)
admission overview nescac
Admission Overview - NESCAC
  • Presidents, Athletic Directors and Admissions Directors meet quarterly with NESCAC office
  • Coaches have far less involvement in the process
    • Can support smaller number of recruits each year 4-7, depending on the school and the year
  • Level of support admissions gives each school varies widely
  • No “formula” used in league unlike the Ivies
  • Small campuses, so schools are very aware of the risks in admitting students “at the edge” based on grades and scores
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Admission Overview - NESCAC
  • Early Decision applications can really help a case, if the grades are solid
    • With small student populations, recruited athletes applying regular admission are vulnerable to the general admission competition (400-700 per class in a NESCAC v. 1400-2800 per class in Ivy)
  • Interviews can show interest and be a big plus – even if not part of a recruiting trip
  • SAT optional for some NESCAC schools and can help a good student with weaker tests.
    • Bowdoin, Colby and in some cases Conn College
    • Coaches are a good gauge of whether you apply and not submit tests
  • First term, semester is very important at these schools
nescac bands
NESCAC Bands
  • The Banding System is more flexible in having a wider range but is restrictive in the number of lower end band athletes to be taken
  • Schools slot a number of players per band over a 4 year period
  • Schools are given a number of slots per year generally 4-6
  • Schools have different allotments in each of the bands, and the bands are not exactly the same for all schools.
    • A “C” band athlete for Amherst could be a “B” band athlete for Connecticut College
nescac bands estimates
NESCAC BANDS -Estimates
  • A Band:
    • SAT Scores 700+ average all above 680
    • SAT II 720
    • GPA: Mostly As/Top 5%
  • B Band:
    • SAT scores 650+ average, all above 610
    • SAT II 640
    • GPA: Mix of A/B/Top 15%
  • C Band:
    • SAT scores 630+ average, all above 580
    • SAT II 600
    • GPA: B Record/Top 20%
  • D Band:
    • SAT scores below 1800-1880 (depending on school) all greater than 530
    • SAT II < 560
    • GPA: Below a B average/Top 25-35%
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Q&A
  • Q &A
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