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Class of 2021

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Overview

The number of qualified students in the applicant pool for 2017-18 exceeded the number of available spaces for new students. Ursuline Academy received 363 applications for the Class of 2021. Each class has an enrollment of approximately 210 students.

Ursuline Academy received
363 applications for the Class of 2021.

Admission Committee

Every application is separately reviewed by four members of the Admission Committee. Committee members include an Ursuline Sister, the Principal, the Admission Associate, the Dean of Academics, the Dean of Students, the Director of Research and Education Innovation, three faculty members, a personal counselor and an alumna. The committee then meets to discuss individual files and make decisions on admission.

Comprehensive Evaluation Process

The overall evaluation process is qualitative and based on a comprehensive consideration of each applicant. No scoring or point system is used, nor are candidates ranked for admission purposes. Each applicant’s evaluation is based on her academic transcript, teacher recommendations, entrance test scores and essay, written application, parent statement, and personal interview.

Scholastic Ability and Preparation

Test scores are evaluated in the context of a student’s overall academic record. Ursuline requires the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), a test administered by Educational Records Bureau and used by private college preparatory schools nationwide.

Students who take the ISEE are a highly competitive, self-selected national population who typically perform very well on examinations.

Average scores of Ursuline’s accepted students for 2017-18 are as follows:

ISEE Test SectionAverage Percentile RankStanine

Verbal Reasoning

57%5

Reading Comprehension

60%6

Quantitative Reasoning

55%5

Mathematics Achievement

55%5

Commitment to Catholic Education

Ursuline Academy is a Catholic college preparatory school and qualified students of Catholic faith are given priority consideration in the admission process. Consideration is also given to applicants who have attended parochial schools, as well as those with family members who are current students and/or Ursuline Academy graduates, as these factors are representative of a family commitment to Catholic education.

Student Character and Involvement

Assessments of personal character and integrity are key factors in the applicant review process. Teacher evaluations, attendance record, essays, the optional recommendation, and the admission interview all provide a broader perspective of the activities, values, behavior, and other qualities of individual students. A well-rounded balance of activities — academic, church and community, as well as extracurricular — is also valued in the evaluation of prospective students.

Community and Student Body Diversity

Consistent with its mission, Ursuline Academy seeks to provide opportunity and a welcoming environment for students of widely varied ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The composition of the Ursuline Academy student body reflects the diverse population of the Dallas metropolitan area and the Diocese of Dallas.

Students of color represent 37% of accepted freshmen for 2017-18.



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