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College Athlete Session. Harvard Summer Institute June 2014. Who Are the Players?. Student-athlete Parents Coaches Counselors. What Should You Be Doing?. Communicate Take charge of your goals Be realistic. Academics: Always the First Priority. Check out the academic “fit”

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College Athlete Session

Harvard Summer Institute

June 2014


Who Are the Players?

  • Student-athlete

  • Parents

  • Coaches

  • Counselors


What Should You Be Doing?

  • Communicate

  • Take charge of your goals

  • Be realistic


Academics: Always the First Priority

  • Check out the academic “fit”

    • Meet with your counselor/college counselor

  • Check out the athletic “fit”

    • Meet with your coach

  • Check out the rest

    • Size, location, student body, major or academic interests


NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Student-athletes who are Division I, II bound must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center www.eligibilitycenter.org

  • Student-athletes must complete the amateurism questions and pay the registration fee during the junior year

  • Test scores and transcripts must be sent directly from the testing agency to the NCAA Eligibility Center


Glenbrook College Athlete Books

  • List of NCAA approved GBS/ GBN core courses

  • Sample letters/ resumes for the student-athlete

  • Athletic association websites and resources


Athletic Admissions at the University of Michigan

  • Athletic department and admissions office in constant communication

  • Discuss eligibility

  • Review “blue-chip” athletes

  • Use university academic requirements borderline to university standards, not NCAA


University of Michigan Athletic Admissions

  • Coaches may appeal admission decision, but with approval from the Athletic Director and athletic liaison

  • Director of Admissions makes the final decision


Drawbacks to Selective Division I Programs

  • Student may not be ready to deal with the pressure of college sports (academic, media, athletic)

  • More promises of admission/ scholarship are sometimes made than can be fulfilled

  • Stress can often disrupt the high school senior year experience


Drawbacks…

  • Selective colleges are becoming more selective

  • Competition for “blue chip” athletes will occasionally pressure admissions to accept academically weak students

  • Strong programs can mean less initial playing time


Advising the Potential Student Athlete

  • Make sure students are aware of eligibility rules

  • Encourage unofficial campus visits

  • Showcase campus life and academic factors


What are the Pressures on the Director to Admit Athletes?

  • Saying “No”

  • Being responsible to the university, along with making sure that it is the right fit for the student

  • Being accountable to alumni, coaches and students who often blame admissions for weak athletic teams


Can We Talk?

  • Emphasize the communication between the student-athlete, counselor and coach

  • Send transcripts to colleges so there is no delay in getting information even before the application


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