Outcomes Reports - Understanding the Outcomes Summary Report


    • High Schools
    • Board Reporting Service - Standard and Plus Plan


    By combining your results with the latest available admissions data and rankings, the outcomes report makes it easy to deliver insights to your board on your results within the context of national trends and rankings.

    The outcomes report is broken down into the following sections:




    This section highlights findings gathered from later sections of the report, including class size, overall admission rate vs. comparable national/global admission rate and admissions/matriculation information by plan, selectivity and institution type.

    Intended Uses

    • Get a bird’s eye view of admission and matriculation results and three-year trends.
    • Help your admissions office understand your admissions “bump” relative to national admission rates

    Common Questions

    Why does the class size not match up to my count? 

    This is likely due to incomplete or duplicate records that were excluded during your file import.

    What is a global admit rate?

    The global admit rate is the overall admission rate reported by each of the institutions your students applied to, weighted by application.  By comparing this to the high school admit rate, you can get a sense for your high school’s admissions “bump” relative to overall results.

    What admit rate do you use for categorizing selectivity?

    The latest available overall admission rate for the institution is used to categorize selectivity.

    What does “Not Categorized” mean?

    Not categorized indicates that needed data was not available to categorize a school properly.  For example, under Admissions Mix by Selectivity, the “not categorized” section indicates the mix of schools where overall admission rate is not available/not tracked.




    This section provides a breakdown of admittance by admission plan.

    Intended Uses

    • Track early admission trends

    Common Questions

    How do you count schools with rolling admission or multiple priority windows?

    These are treated as regular decision.




    This section provides a breakdown of applications that were waitlisted.

    Intended Uses

    • Track waitlisted applications




    This section provides a breakdown of matriculations by institution type, region and selectivity.

    Intended Uses

    • Understand key matriculation trends

    Common Questions

    Which states are in which regions?




    Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont


    District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania


    Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia


    Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin


    Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, new Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming


    Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington


    Institutions outside the United States




    This section provides a three-year breakdown of your results versus national results for several popular public and private institutions.  The latest available national admission rates are provided to eliminate the need to track them yourself.

    Intended Uses

    • Assess your results within the context of national admission trends

    Common Questions

    Why are national rates blank for some of the entries?

    This is because the rate for that year isn’t currently available for the institution. Institutions vary widely in terms of the timeframes they report the information.




    This section provides a breakdown of applications, admittance and matriculation based on subjective and objective measures like Barron’s and U.S. News rankings or school selectivity.  Your admission rate is also tracked by cohort and compared to the global admission rate for those institutions to help assess your admission advantage.

    Intended Uses

    • Assess outcomes and relative performance based on subjective Barron’s and U.S. News rankings or objective measures like overall admission rate.

    Common Questions

    What are the Barron's category definitions?

    Most Competitive
    HS rank in top 10-20% and grade averages of A to B+. Median freshman test scores generally between 655 and 800 on SAT and 29+ on ACT. In addition, many admit only a small percentage of those who apply--usually fewer than one third.

    Highly Competitive+, Highly Competitive
    Grade averages B+ to B and accept most students from top 20% to 35% of the high school class. Median freshman test scores generally range from 620 to 654 on SAT and 27 or 28 on ACT. These schools generally accept between one third and one half of their applicants. The plus ("+") designates colleges with median freshman scores of 645 or more on the SAT or 28 or more on the ACT. They are colleges that accept fewer than one quarter of their applicants.

    Very Competitive+, Very Competitive
    No less than B- grade and who rank in the top 35 to 50% of their graduating class. Median freshman test scores generally between 537 to 619 on SAT and 24-26 on ACT. These schools generally accept between on half and three quarters of their applicants. The plus ("+") designates colleges with median freshman scores of 610 or more on the SAT or 26 or more on the ACT. They are colleges that accept fewer than one third of their applicants.

    Competitive+, Competitive
    Colleges with median test scores generally between 500-572 on SAT and 21-23 on ACT. Some of these colleges require student have B- or better grades, although others state a minimum of C+ or C. Generally, these colleges prefer students in the top 50-65% of the class and accept between 75% and 85% of applicants. The plus ("+") designates college with median SAT scores of 563 or more or ACT scores of 24 or more. They are colleges that admit fewer than half of their applicants.


    How do you categorize U.S. News rankings?



    Top 25 NAT/LAC

    Top 25 national universities and top 25 liberal arts colleges

    Top 26-50

    National universities and liberal arts colleges ranked 26-50

    Top 51-100

    National universities and liberal arts colleges ranked 51-100


    Institutions that don’t fall into the top 100 national universities and liberal arts colleges


    Are schools categorized by their rankings for a particular year?

    No, schools are categorized based on the latest available rankings.





    The final two sections provide enrollment mix and admission rates by academic quintile based on ratings and rankings.

    Intended Uses

    • Assess the impact of academic performance on results

    Common Questions

    How do you determine academic quintile?

    Academic quintile is based on class rank, weighted GPA or unweighted GPA in that order of preference.

    Where is the underlying detail for the quintile analysis?

    This is available in the Detailed Quintile Analysis Report, which is included in the Plus edition of the Board Reporting Service.


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