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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Researching and Visiting Colleges

Posted by http://www.athletesadvisor.com

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.

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