This Academic Index Calculator for 2016 reflects the recent changes that have been adopted by the Ivy League in calculating the Academic Index. According to sources, Ivy League schools have moved away from using class rank in the Academic Index calculation. This version of the academic index calculator also takes into account that the SAT Writing and Critical Reading scores are averaged and added to the SAT Math score as explained in this article in the New York Times.
The Academic Index Calculator for 2016
Please let me know if you have any difficulty with it
Plug in whatever information you have available. You’ll get the most accurate results if you have SAT scores, GPA (unweighted) and 2 SAT II subject tests. But plug in whatever information you have – even if it’s only your GPA and ACT composite.
The calculator will return an Academic Index estimate for an unweighted GPA over 2.3 and ACT composites over 20. Please leave a comment after you use it so I know if there are any inconsistencies or flaws that need to be addressed.
New for 2016
The SAT test has been revised and starting with the March 2016 testing date, the new format will be used. The new scoring uses the 1600 scale instead of 2400. The Tier 1 Athletics Academic Index Calculator has a page for both the old and the new SAT scores. The page tabs are at the bottom margin.
Using the Academic Index Number
It’s important to understand that your academic index doesn’t mean you’ll be admitted. It is, however, a useful yardstick to help you determine if your grades and test scores are in range to make you a potential recruit.
An excerpt from The Essential Guide to Ivy League Athletic Recruiting 2012:
“By mutual agreement, the minimum Academic Index to be admitted as an athlete in the Ivy League is 176. This was revised in 2012. The AI floor used to be 171. It’s very important that you realize this number is not a standard that will make you eligible to be admitted into an Ivy League school. Consider this number a minimum. In reality, a much higher AI is generally required of most athletes. To make it even more confusing, each school within the Ivy League has a different AI requirement. The rule states that the mean AI of all athletes on campus must fall within one standard deviation of the mean AI of the whole student body. If, for example, the average student on the Princeton campus has a higher Academic Index than the average Penn student, the Princeton athletic recruits must also meet a higher standard.”
“The general consensus is that SAT scores of 700 or better per section and a 3.5 GPA put the potential recruit on solid academic footing to be recruited just about anywhere. Ivy League coaches are looking for athletes who can make the grade with admissions, and just as importantly, they are looking for athletes who can compete and win at the Division I level.”