How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

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How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

Pam Proctor
Author The College Hook

How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

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王文君 June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

very imporant in many ways

athletics department receives the most funding from the college in student activies or services. the fix costs related to supporting the department is huge in many colleges. with all the seats must fill, students should approach colleges as early as possible if qualifed for athletic terms. no matter of what division you may participant, you can help youself during the admisisons process especially you have the coachs in addition to your counselor to speak very highly of you to the admisisons director.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

Again - it all depends on variables too numerous to mention here. If the athlete is a superstar as well as brilliant, they're usually a shoe in.

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

If you are a top athlete, athletics can be a valuable hook for college admissions. If you want to be a recruited athlete, you need to familiarize yourself with the process as early as 10th grade as coaches can begin to contact athletes after June 15th of 10th grade. That being said, it is important to keep your grades up as academics still play a big role in the process.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

It would be almost impossible to overstate the benefit of being a recruited athlete.

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

The importance of athletics as a hook depends on your interests and each school’s needs. Do you want to pursue intercollegiate athletics on a Division I or II level? Continue competitive sports at a Division III school or participate in your sport but on a less demanding club level? Athletics is a more powerful hook if you intend to play on the school’s team (D I, II, or III), but you will need to match your talents with each school’s needs. You may be the best short stop in your state, but if your top-choice university already has more short stops than it needs, your hook won’t matter. Athletics can be the reason you are admitted, but you still need grades, classes, and scores and at least one school interested in your for your athletic ability.

Keith Wren

How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

Athletics with a good academic background is a huge plus for admissions.

Jessica Brondo
Founder and CEO The Edge in College Prep

How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

It can be very important. You can be recruited to a school to play for them if you are good enough, which is one way to get into college, but otherwise, playing on a sport shows that you have a certain mental and physical discipline. Playing a team sport already shows great teamworking skills, which colleges like to see. Sports are by no means necessary, however. If you are able to demonstrate your excellent qualities through any of your activities that’s great. Colleges want to see that you get more out of your activities than simple enjoyment. If being in orchestra makes you a team player, let them know! If painting helps you express your emotions, tell them! The most important thing is that colleges see that you have good non-academic qualities. Athletics most easily demonstrates things like leadership, discipline and teamwork, but so do other things too.

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

If you are an athlete and the coach has told you that you are one of his or her top recruits, that will have a very strong and favorable impact on your chances for admission. In fact, any recruited athlete has an advantage over applicants without such a hook. However, if you are a high school varsity athlete who is not recruited, athletics will not be a hook for you (although it may well be looked upon as a strong extracurricular activity).

Brittany Maschal
Founder/Director B. Maschal Educational Consulting

How important can athletics be as a hook for college admissions?

Only important if you are going to be recruited or have achievements on the national, or even better, the international level.