SportsPage Insider: College Visits – Part II

27 03 2009

Earlier this week, we gave you a little taste of what to expect and do on any trips you might take this spring. As promised, here’s Part II of our thoughts on college visits:

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  1. Come prepared. Bring a copy of current film, your most recent transcript and test scores (SAT/ACT), and a list of questions to each school you visit.
  2. Take what you can get: meetings with coaches, administrators, or academic advisors; hang time with players; watch a practice; sit in on a class; etc. The goal is to collect as much information as possible on the front end, so you can make the best possible decision on the tail end.
  3. Take the visit with a grain of salt. You will be one of many visitors to the school. Understand that coaches are busy individuals and may not be able to meet personally with you due to practice and meeting schedules and other times that come up at the last minute. That’s okay. A program’s support staff will often know more about certain subjects than the coaches! Listen to them and trust what they say.
  4. See the bigger picture. Take time to examine all facets, including the school, program, coaching staff, players, curriculum, etc. You’re a student-athlete, not an athlete-student. If your sport was taken away, would you still be interested in that school? You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again because it’s true: Athletics doesn’t last forever. Have a backup plan in the form of a college degree. Check with the school’s admissions office to find more information on tour for prospective students. There are typically daily or weekly tours given by the admissions office or student-run tour groups. Go on it. Put yourself in the shoes of a typical student. Ask questions. Get answers.
  5. Express thanks – to the people who took time to travel with you: mom, dad, coach, friend, sibling, etc. And, to the people you met on the visit: coaches, advisors, players, students, etc.

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The list goes on, but this should give you a general idea of how to prepare and what to expect as you visit colleges this spring. Have a good trip!

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