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Choosing the Right College

Choosing the Right College

Published on: Mar 08, 2019

Choosing a college is a big deal—and it takes some serious consideration. Even more so if you’re a college-bound student-athlete. 

If that’s you—pause, take a deep breath, and know that college is a blast no matter where you go, but there are a few steps you can take to make sure you find your right fit. 

First things first. Be realistic with yourself and your parents. What can you afford? Will you be receiving scholarships? Are your athletic abilities Division I or more Division II? Being brutally honest will make this process lots easier. 

Think beyond sports. You’re an athlete, and you’ve probably got your eyes on your favorite programs. But remember, the “student” part comes first. Make sure that if tomorrow you couldn’t play sports, you’d still love the school.

What are your goals? Consider the next few years of your life. Do you want to jump right into a job after graduating? Are you considering graduate school? Does going to a junior college first before heading to university make more sense for you? Once you’re clear on what you want out of college, you can narrow down your search.

Consider environment? Do you like small class sizes or large lecture halls? Do you want to live in a big city or a cozy town? How important is it to be close to home? The environment you’re in impacts every aspect of your life—athletically and academically—make sure it’s one you’ll thrive in.

What do you want to be when you grow up? You’ve been asked this since you were a toddler, now it’s time to think about it. Get an idea of what you’d like to do when you grow up and make sure the school you’re considering offers that program—a good one at that.

Visit. Now’s the fun part! Explore everything: classrooms, the library, central campus, residence halls, etc. While on your visits you’ll want to talk to:

  • Coaches
  • Current players
  • Academic advisors
  • Professors (in your field of study)

Come prepared with any questions you may have and ask away! Pay attention to how you feel on your visits—you’ll know you’ve found a good match when you’re comfortable and excited.

Selecting your ideal college should be fun—not stressful. With these simple steps you’ll be attending (and playing for!) your perfect fit in no time. 

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