Thinking of playing sports in college? Before you being the time-consuming athletic recruiting process, it is extremely important to ask yourself two basic questions.
Question #1: Is competing at the college level a realistic goal?
In order to determine the answer to this question, you want to assess your athletic ability.
This spring tens of thousands of high school students will receive news that they have been nominated to attend a “highly selective” or “exclusive” one-week summer program. The program will probably have the word leadership in its name, and the invitation to apply will most likely come with a glossy, impressive-looking certificate. After receiving this unexpected piece of mail, students typically have a few questions. For instance:
What are these programs like?
For those of you interested in studying engineering in college, it is best to begin gaining some experience in the field during your high school years. Why, you may ask? First, doing so will increase your chances of gaining admission into college. Second--and more importantly--it will help you figure out if engineering is actually the right path for you.
Unlike need-based aid, which is based on your family’s finances, merit scholarships are awarded based on your academic or extracurricular performance. The vast majority of this money comes from college themselves. Thus, your best bet for maximizing merit money is applying to colleges where your grades/test scores put you in the top quartile of the applicant pool (i.e. they are higher than at least 75% of admitted students). These are the schools that will likely offer you a significant discount to attend (Even better?
With an increasing number of colleges and universities entering the realm of 4%-15% acceptance rate (or 96%-85% rejection rate), we are often asked, “Who actually gets into these schools anymore?”