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College Admissions Q & A

Larry receives numerous questions about college admissions from applicants and their families. This week he responds to a student's question about fencing and its impact on admissions. Although this question is specifically about fencing, Larry's response can be applied to sports in general.


Q: Is fencing a good extracurricular for top colleges? Would it help?


A: A fencer of outstanding accomplishment who could positively impact a college fencing team can get significant and meaningful coach support for an application to a selective college. However, the way this question is posed, without detail about the student athlete’s regional or national ranking, seems to indicate that this is a nice activity but not influential in highly selective college admissions.


The influence of athletics on college admissions is determined by the student’s level of involvement and achievement. In some cases, it also depends on what a coach is looking for during that particular cycle.


Larry works with student athletes as well as students of all academic profiles and extracurricular interests. If you have questions about college admissions or would like to learn more about our services, please contact larry@learningassoc.com.

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