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Show Your Love To Colleges: 5 Suggestions

Some colleges don’t care a fig whether you come for a visit and others want to see your face if at all possible. Most colleges track the interest you show in their campus and among those that do, quite a few add or subtract points when evaluating your application.

Its a good idea to perform, DI, Demonstrated Interest, in the colleges where you will, or have already applied. Its never too late to show an admissions office how much you care.

  1. Follow their teams and send kudos for victories or express disappointment at loses.
  2. Follow the college on social media, Yes, this will show all of them which colleges you are interested in so come up with a plan that highlights the top of your list, at least until the early decisions have been rendered.
  3. Use email to stay in touch with the admissions office. Congratulations are in order for the hiring of an influential professor, National Science Foundation grants, a new president, or anything else new and exciting on campus (like breaking ground for a new building). It shows you are paying attention!
  4. Update your application with an email explaining a new award, project, successful research paper, sports success, new job, travel opportunity, etc.
  5. Ask questions! Ask about anything that isn’t on the college website. Does the cafeteria buy locally? Who sponsors intramural tournaments? Can you have your own locker in the rec center? Are there hours during which you can’t practice your tuba in the dorm?
  6. BONUS: GO VISIT! See the campus at least once before submitting your application and again before a decision is rendered if you live within reasonable driving distance.

Applications from students who have no history with the university are called stealth applications. Typically, they are given less weight under the assumption that the student isn’t particularly interested in coming. The admissions office is charged with filling seats and beds and will choose students who are more likely to deposit if admitted.

Go forth and communicate! Its not too early or too late!


Inside Scoop On Playing College Sports

A huge number of high school students are involved in competitive sports programs, at some, more than half of the student body.    Although there are many athletes who are outstanding, only a mere handful make it to college teams with scholarships.

If you are one of the hopefuls, look at this website for information on your specific sport: www.schorarshipstats.com.

Here’s what you can learn about football, for instance.   There are over 1 million high school football players.  Of those, 8.2% go on to play college ball at any level and only 1.3% are on NCAA Division 1 teams.  D1 schools carry 117 players.  The average athletic scholarship across all teams in all sports at a given institution is %19,000.  Football has lots of scholarships divided among the team: some get a full scholarship, others get a partial and many get nothing at all.

The odds of playing college football are 1 in 41 and the odds of going pro are 1 in 603.

Beach Volleyball is one of the fastest growing college sport.  Across all governing authorities, there are 72 colleges with teams, 47 are NCAA D1.  The D1 scholarships, across all teams, all sports is %17,000.   Athletic scholarships can be full, partial or none offered.

Because this is a growing sport and colleges may be recruiting, college admission may be easier and financial aid packages more generous.

The website list all the schools with programs in each sport, admission data and scholarship averages.

If you are an athlete or parent of an athlete, get the facts before you plan your approach to financing your son or daughter’s education.

For more information on sports, college admission and financial aid give Stephanie a call. 610-212-6679 or stephanie@accessguidance.com.