Class of 2024
The number of qualified students in the applicant pool for 2020-21 exceeded the number of available spaces for new students. Ursuline Academy received more than 470 applications across grade levels. Traditionally, each freshmen class size consists of approximately 215 students. In the fall of 2020, we proudly welcomed nearly 230 girls, hailing from 50 unique schools, residing in 56 different zip codes. 70% of the Class of 2024 is of the Catholic faith, and nearly 30% are students of color.
Ursuline Academy received more than
470 applications during the 2019-2020 school year.
Every application is separately reviewed by a minimum of four members of the Admission Committee. Committee members include an Ursuline Sister, the Principal, the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, the Assistant Director of Admissions, 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 2020-21 are as follows:
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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 30% of accepted freshmen for 2020-21.