Seniors

  • ATHLETICS 

    • Evaluate Reasons for pursuing college athletics
    • Update athletic resume 
    • Realistically determine what level you can play
      • Talk to your coaches and parents/guardians
      • Talk with your counselor and the College Bound Student-Athlete Advisor about your goals
    • Train, practice and compete
    • RECRUITING
      • Initiate/continue contact with college coaches. Don’t wait for coaches to contact you.
        • Track content discussed with college coaches - email and calls
        • Be courteous and clear when you no longer have interest
        • Provide additional information and video upon request
        • Keep counselors/coaches in the loop regarding communication with college coaches
        • Notify coaches when you are competing in the college area - they may want to come to see you play
      • VISITS: Go on official (five allowed) or unofficial visits (unlimited) and enjoy yourself. An official visit means the college pays for your stay and travel. Unofficial visits are made at your own expense
      • During unofficial visits, talk to coaches while you are on campus (coaches may communicate with student-athletes while on unofficial visits to the college unless it is a "dead period" - see NCAA sport-specific recruiting calendars for "dead," "quiet," and "evaluation" periods)
        • Your counselor/coaches can help determine the types of questions to ask on the college visit, both athletic and academic
    • Know how to maintain Amateur Status (NCAA Guide)
    • Review and complete the National Letter of Intent (NLI). The NLI is a binding agreement where a prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year.

    ACADEMICS 

    • Maintain your GPA
    • Confirm you are taking the proper required classes to maintain eligibility
    • Register with NCAA Eligibility Center, if you haven’t already
    • Consider the value of selecting a school that will meet your academic goals where you will be comfortable if you are unable to continue as an athlete
    • Know Application Deadlines for each college
    • Be aware of the Early Decision restrictions
    • If needed, retake SAT/ACT
    • Complete the FAFSA in spring. Even if you do not think you will qualify for aid, athletic departments often use this information
    • Be prepared to give a yes/no answer to one school without knowing another school’s admission decision
    • Be sure to apply to some colleges where you are a strong candidate without athletic consideration
    • If necessary, accept that you will not be a college athlete and move on to alternate college planning
    • In all cases, you MUST complete a full application to be admitted to a college
      • Complete all testing requirements, essays, letters of recommendations, transcripts, etc.