ACT Class Profile Service
Analyzing Trends to Improve Enrollment Planning
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The ACT Class Profile Service helps colleges develop strategy and analyze trends at all stages of enrollment planning. The service provides a summary of a college’s ACT-tested entering freshman class and parallel descriptions for students who sent scores, who enrolled, and who sent scores but did not enroll. This can help answer questions about trends in:
- Popularity of selected academic major
- Average ACT scores
- Enrollment of ACT-tested students who designated the college as their first choice
The summary also can show how successful the college has been in enrolling minority students.
Using the ACT Class Profile Service
How it works
In addition to making comparisons with enrolled freshmen nationally, the information from the ACT Class Profile Service can be used for enrollment planning and trend analyses.
By providing additional data, campuses can use the service to summarize cognitive and noncognitive variables at all stages of the enrollment funnel: for students who submitted their ACT scores, those who applied for admission, those who were admitted, and those who actually enrolled.
The ACT Class Profile Service can help answer questions such as:
- Has the popularity of selected academic majors changed in the last five years?
- What has been the trend in average ACT scores in the last five years?
- What proportion of ACT-tested students who designated our institution as their first choice actually enrolled?
- How successful have we been in enrolling minority students?
The most recent test record is used to develop the summary data, which the basic report displays in the following sections:
- Executive Summary—Highlights the academic characteristics of your enrolled freshmen
- College Attractions—Highlights your institution's position in the students' order of preference (first choice, second choice, etc.) at the time of testing
- Academic Abilities—Provides distributions of the ACT scale scores and high school grades
- Goals and Aspirations—Provides summaries of students' educational major choices and their degree aspirations at the time of testing
- Plans and Special Needs—Provides student-level admission/enrollment information, needs for special programs or assistance, and financial aid considerations
- High School Information—Provides information about the students' high school core curriculum preparation, academic background, and a list of the major feeder high schools
- Competing Institutions—Provides the names of those institutions to which score reports were sent, including yours
- Year-to-Year Trends—Provides five-year trend data on such areas as ACT scores, high school grades, family income, and special needs and interests
The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2016
The number of ACT test takers continues to grow and be more diverse each year. In 2016, 64 percent of the US graduating class took the ACT. This report offers our annual look at college and career readiness and education plans for those students.