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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Researching and Visiting Colleges

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Excerpt from Chapter 1 of, The Making of a Student Athlete: Succeeding in the College Selection and Athletic Recruiting Process by Ray Lauenstein and Dave Galehouse.

Selecting colleges or even thinking about what colleges to apply to is a difficult task for anyone. It’s hard to start thinking about college when you are in HS because it seems so far away. However, it’s a reality and many families wait too long and don’t have a game plan. There are over 1,000 schools in the NCAA alone in three divisions, not to mention the NAIA, Junior college and Independent Universities. How are you expected to choose from thousands of schools?

While we cannot really help you make your choice, we can help make your choice easier and provide the tools to better judge what school might be right for you. Ultimately, you are going to have to decide on your own. The more informed you are and the sooner you start, the easier your decision will be. Our goal is to get you to college without any surprises. We never want you to say, “well, had I known that, I never would have come here” or “I can’t believe my school doesn’t offer that!” Many students select a school based on only a few criteria and they often fail to dig deeper to find out what their experiences over the next four years will be like at a particular school. If you follow the steps we are asking you to follow, you will be a very prepared S-A and your ultimate selection will be much easier for you.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Waitlists and Deferrals

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In a 2003 NACAC article on the practice of wait listing and deferrals, Martin Wilder – Executive Board Member of NACAC said, “The waitlist notification offers neither the joy of acceptance nor the finality of rejection.” Being waitlisted or deferred means that a college has not accepted you but thinks enough of you that if any spots are available as the year unfolds, the school will give you a chance to enroll. Waitlists were created to benefit schools, not applicants, and are designed to ensure there are enough interested students to fill enrollment. If a particular college has 2,000 openings in their freshman class and only 1,900 students enroll, a school turns to their "wait-list" to fill enrollment until they have reached an acceptable number. According to NACAC, roughly 30% of colleges use waitlists and students only have a 1-5 chance if they are waitlisted.

The Waiting Game

Being waitlisted can actually be worse than being rejected because you simply don’t know the status of your application or if the school will call you and ask you if you would like to enroll. Colleges are supposed to send you a letter outlining the number of waitlisted students, and the chance of acceptance. Schools are also supposed to notify you by August 1 (which will probably be after you have sent in a deposit to another school). The waitlist status usually comes at a difficult time in the life of students as they are in the process of receiving other acceptance and rejection letters from other schools.