The following is a guest post by Joie Jager-Hyman, college consultant and author of B+ Grades, A+ Applications. Joie was an Assistant Director of Admissions at her alma mater, Dartmouth College, and has a Doctorate in Education Policy.
Many students dream of playing sports on the college level but most athletes don’t know how to get started with the college recruiting process. How can you tell if you’re good enough to play for a university? Continue reading
Part One covered the situation of wanting to play college baseball when there’s no high school team available. But what if there was a high school baseball team available?
Now we’re entering tricky territory.
This is the type of question that if you are asking, you probably already know the answer as it applies to you. You’re just looking for some validation. For the rest of you who are wondering what the heck I’m talking about, the answer is “it depends.” Continue reading
Unless you were in a semi-vegetative state last fall, you probably know that the colleges of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) dominated the top 25 football rankings. But you might be surprised to learn that the SEC didn’t have the highest conference average operating expenses. That would be the Pac 10, followed by the Big East, the Big Ten, and then the SEC. Continue reading
The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPED) collects information on college athletics. For each college in New York, you can look up the number of participants by sport, expenses and revenues, and the number of coaches. However, the data is from the 2010-11 academic year and won’t include programs that have just been added or reflect those that have been cancelled. Continue reading
Last week I watched my son played at his college’s annual Blue and White game. It’s just an intra-squad scrimmage at the end of their Fall practices followed by a family cook-out. It was cold but it was great to spend the weekend with him. He gave us a tour of HIS campus which is definitely a different campus as sophomore than it was as a “prospie.” Continue reading
If you’re trying for an NCAA D1 or D2 athletic scholarship, you’re going to have to send your SAT or ACT scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center.? Both the ACT and SAT have state reports that list the top destinations for score reports for each state. In general, these destinations are colleges but also includes some scholarship programs such as the National Merit Scholarship and services like the NCAA Eligibility Center. In other words, you can see how many students in a state sent their scores to the NCAA and where it ranked compared to other schools. Continue reading
If you read any books on college athletic recruiting, you’ll come across a section that discusses the biggest surprises to new college athletes coming from high school. I can’t think of a single one that doesn’t mention the dramatically harder strength and conditioning programs. In fact, I’m willing to bet it would come in first by a wide margin over anything else.
“Student-athletes we interviewed overwhelmingly reported that one of the hardest adjustments they had to make was in the level of physical endurance and fitness they were expected to meet to perform at the college level.” From Win a Sports Scholarship Continue reading
Once again, Harvard leads the nation in higher education. So as you send your sons off to college this fall and hopefully to play baseball in the spring, rest assured they will be spending all their travel time wisely. Remember, it all started at Harvard. And for those of you who are still in the college search process, it might not be too late to switch to another sport. Or maybe just pay for some dance lessons.