“Athletes Must Prepare for College Admission Earlier
Than “Normal” Students”

-Danielle Bianchi Golod

Dear Parent,

As you probably know, prospective college athletes face a unique set of challenges that “ordinary” students do not. These include:

  • Test scores may not be as high as coaches need due to your family’s time constraints or your child’s potential learning disabilities.
  • Time is much more scarce for the athletes and parents than for “ordinary” students.
  • Prospective athletes must complete the application process much earlier than “ordinary” applicants.
  • There is a great deal of mis-information about what prospective athletes and parents “should” or “shouldn’t” do.

Why Should Parents Care?

Having the right information and preparing early can make the difference between being recruited or not and getting offered an athletic scholarship or not.  While many colleges may not say this, my personal feeling is that having a coach recommend your child helps give the student an edge when it comes to gaining admission.