As you continue to research colleges and narrow down your choices, it is important to consider the different admission requirements for each college. Every college varies in their admission requirements and it is important to look at these requirements to not only evaluate your chances of getting in but also to evaluate if it will be a good fit for you while in college. Will you be able to keep up with your schoolwork if you are just skimming by? The ability to balance school and athletics at the same time is extremely important. Being stressed about school while trying to compete is not healthy and your athletic performance will most likely suffer. Here are 3 things to consider while researching admission requirements:
GPA Requirements. Many colleges set a baseline number for GPA’s. Although it is possible they will consider students with a lower GPA, many admissions departments will only consider students with a GPA higher than their baseline. By doing some research, you will be able to find out what the average GPA is of admitted students.
SAT and ACT Requirements. Similar to GPA requirements, many colleges set a baseline for SAT and ACT scores. By doing some research, you will be able to find out what the average SAT and ACT scores are of admitted students.
Overall Grade Trends. Although it’s not an obvious factor into the admissions process, many admissions departments look at your overall high school performance. Did you have a year or two that you struggled? Was your overall performance steady for all four years? Did you have an upward trend or a downward trend? Research each school and see how much of a factor your overall grade trend will play.
The two best ways to research admission requirements is to either go directly onto the schools website and look under their “future students” or "admissions" section or to search on BeRecruited. Within the BeRecruited platform, you can easily search for colleges and view their average GPA and SAT/ACT scores all in one place. A third option is to contact coaches directly and ask what the requirements are. If nothing else, coaches will like that you are planning ahead and taking the recruiting process seriously! Best of luck and keep up the good work!
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