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College Guidance Q & A

Larry receives numerous questions about college admissions from applicants and their families. This week he responds to a question from an aspiring student athlete about the impact of sports on admissions.


Q: What kind of high school student is regarded as a student athlete by Ivy colleges? How good do I have to be at a certain sport so that it can help me get to a good university?


A: You must be very good indeed, because just playing a sport is a fine thing (much like being in a club but with a greater time commitment) but being actively sought by a college coach is quite another. Whatever your sport is, check the team rosters at some of the colleges in which you are interested. Read the bio’s of the athletes. Do your credentials match up favorably, at least so far? Many coaches consider the athlete’s potential as they mature and improve; however, they are not taking on projects that clearly will have no impact on their program in year one or two.


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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