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.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

Athletics as a Hook

It depends. Obviously if you are good enough for Division I athletics and they are courting you, a scholarship is probably headed your way. However, in some circumstances, athletics can matter. I had a student who was a good football player, too small for Division 1, but great for Div 2 or 3. Two very selective liberal arts colleges approached him (they saw him play at an event) and he got into both of them. Without football, he would not have been accepted. If you want to play athletics, make sure you meet the coach regardless of the division. It can help.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

The Athletic Hook: Another Variable Piece

The value of athletics as a hook varies based on the school and the level of athletic prowess. If you are blue chip recruit, the coach really wants you, and you are NCAA eligible, that may be the end of the story, even though one can never forget that the final decisions are made by the admissions office. However, if you are simply someone who has been playing at the high school level, but will not continue, your athletic record is less a hook than a piece of your puzzle. Athletics are only a true hook, if you are good enough to be able to make a contribution to the college's program for as in all other areas the admissions offices are looking to create a commuity and want to know what you will contribute.

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.

Karen Ekman-Baur
Director of College Counseling Leysin American School

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

Athletics as a "hook" depends on a number of factors. One factor, of course, is your own level of competence in your sport of choice. There are a lot of good athletes, so this can be a very competitive area. Another factor is the importance of your sport at the institutions to which you want to apply and the extent to which those schools are looking for someone involved in your sport. (This can vary from year to year within any given institution.) - As an exceptional athlete, you could be interesting to a school as a potential member of one of their varsity teams. The competition and levels of expectation for places on the varsity teams will vary among institutions. If varsity participation is your goal, you should also make contact with staff of the relevant athletic departments of the schools in which you are interested. Depending on the schools and the NCAA division of your sport at those institutions, you might also be eligible for athletic scholarships. - Schools are typically looking for well-rounded students who will not only be academically successful, but who will also become involved in the extracurricular programs of their institutions in various areas, including club and intramural sports (non-varsity), so even if you're not considering varsity sport involvement, highlighting your athletic background will undoubtedly add to your application. It will give the institution a better picture of you as a total person and will be one more piece of the puzzle which could make you a "person of interest" to them.

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.