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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

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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 Courses 83.4%
  • Strength of Curriculum 65.7%
  • Admission Test Scores (ACT/SAT) 59.3%
  • Grades in All Courses 46.2%
  • Essay or Writing Sample 26.6%


  • Student Demonstrated Interest (Interview) 23.0%
  • Counselor Recommendation 19.4%
  • Teacher Recommendation 19.0%
  • 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)

SAT: taken by 147 BBHHS students

(37% of class of 2012)

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.
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:, 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
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library…
  • 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 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: 3.1 ACT: 20 - 26

Bowling Green University GPA: 3.25 ACT: 19 - 24

Central State University GPA: 2.4 ACT: 16

University of Cincinnati GPA: 3.44 ACT: 22 - 27

Cleveland State University GPA: 3.12 ACT: 18 - 24

Kent State University GPA: 3.22 ACT: 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 University GPA: N/A ACT: 25 – 30

OSU GPA: N/A ACT: 27 – 31

Ohio University GPA: 3.3 ACT: 21 – 26

Shawnee State GPA: N/A ACT: 19 – 23

U of Toledo GPA: 3.09 ACT: 19 – 24

Wright State GPA: 3.06 ACT: 19 - 24

Youngstown State GPA: 2.83 ACT: 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:
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…