Today I spent another fun-filled day at the Colorado Crossroads volleyball tournament in Denver, where nearly 10,000 volleyball players are participating in this national qualifier event.

Parents were steadily coming up to my booth at the tournament (where I was, of course, dispensing some great college advice) to talk about their concerns. The topic of conversation that tended to dominate these discussions was parents’ concern that becoming a Division I athlete was too time consuming and ultimately detrimental to their students’ future success in college.

The first thing I said was that participation in sports was often an indicator of success in college, as varsity athletes tend to have higher GPAs and are more satisfied with their college experience.

However, these parents’ basic concern is valid. Being a Division I athlete is a huge commitment. One must eat, sleep, and breathe one’s sport, and a D1 athelete can plan on training throughout the year to stay in tip-top condition. Further, Division I athletes must commit to playing all four years if they want to keep their athletic scholarship.

But I spent a lot of time explaining that while Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships, they do recruit athletes in a different way. Every school with a volleyball team (for example) wants to fill its roster with good players who can take a league championship. Thus many colleges offer other forms of scholarship money to entice an able player to join its team–and its student body.

For you see, colleges have needs that they are trying to fulfill. Not only do they need to round out their volleyball roster, but they need a tuba player, an editor of the school newspaper, and a tenor for the glee club. Think of admissions officers as social engineers: they need to populate the campus with a variety of folks to fill certain prescribed roles. The whole process is not quite so neat and clean as that (it’s not very scientific), but the art of the admissions officer is to build a well-rounded class. And in order to do this, they have to meet the needs of the coaches (among others).

So my advice to parents was to relax a bit. Their kids can still find colleges at which they can have a satisfying varsity athletic experience–and still focus on their school work and also allow them to explore other activities (study abroad, a new social cause, artistic pursuits, etc.).

While some kids are seeking the rush and excitement of serious competition a the Division I level, the majority of players that I met today at the Colorado Crossroads volleyball tournament will never be able to achieve that level of competition. But as I explained to these parents, their daughters will have myriad opportunities available to them, if they learn to play the college admissions and athletic recruiting games like a pro.

Speaking of a pro, I have been very fortunate to have Nancy Nitardy, author of Get Paid To Play, working with me at Colorado Crossroads. She is a former Division I swimming coach at Dartmouth, Harvard, and Indiana University. She works with me in advising athletes on their best athletic options, while I help the same students identify their best academic options. Together, Nancy Nitardy and I are able to provide great college advice for college-bound athletes, whatever their level of play.

Mark Montgomery
Montgomery Educational Consulting
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  1. my son is swimming in a Div 1 college. He is a freshman and is having a hard time getting his school work done. What do other athletes do?

  2. Dear Gail,
    I wish I had a really helpful response for you. I would need to know a bit more about how your son is spending his time–outside of class and outside of the pool.
    What many aspiring D1 athletes do not recognize–before they sign the letter of intent–is that their sport becomes their primary activity, followed by their studies…and way down the list, everything else. Parties, social life, other activities–all those things are difficult to juggle with the demands of what amounts to semi-professional sports.
    My only advice is to say that it’s all about priorities. He has to reorder them to fit the choices he has made: swimming #1, academics #2. All the rest is on an “as possible” basis. This ordering of priorities takes a lot of self-discipline.
    Make sure that your son is taking advantage of all the academic support services offered to athletes–which at some schools can be very elaborate. Often athletes can get special tutors and other assistance, paid for in part by the athletic department.
    I hope this is helpful. It’s hard to make gross generalizations in this area, as every student is different.
    Thanks again for visiting, and let me know if I can be of further assistance!

  3. I am an A* ranked squash player from pakistan.

    I want to get admission in a good business school in the usa or australia for my bachelors degree in business administration.

    I need to know a few things.

    Can you name few uni.s for me?
    Can i get adm. on a sports seat or concession in fee?


  4. Hello, Sohaib,

    Thanks for your question.

    My first recommendation is to check out the college squash area on . This is a great place to start to see what schools are offering squash, and the site includes rankings. Only women’s squash is an NCAA sport, so you’ll not find many–if any–scholarships for playing men’s squash. However, excellence in a sport can help get you over the admissions hurdle, depending on the school and on the timing and on the roster when you actually apply.

    Hope this helps. I do consult to athletes seeking admissions based on their sports abilities–and I also consult with international students. So if you need more personalized, help, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    Good luck!

  5. Thank you for your help.
    I’ll definitely get in touch.
    If i want detailed help, do we have to talk on this website or can i have your phone number?
    Or email?

  6. Gail, it makes me wonder what he does in his spare time. I was a D-1 athlete and didn’t have a lot of time to party, but I lived with 3 teammates so still had some fun socially. I will admit that college life was pretty much practice, class, and school, with maybe the weekend nights for partying. As an athlete it’s easy to fall into a party trap because you bond with the other athletes and tend to party with other athletes. If he’s gotten this far he must have a sense of discipline, but he has to remember to stick to that discipline even in the face of a college party scene. It is sometimes a hard battle but it is not that hard to balance academics and athletics in D-1 sports. It just makes me wonder if it’s only the sport that’s keeping him from getting his classwork done.

  7. Dear HMK:
    Thanks for your comment. Your experience as a D-1 athlete is instructive, and your thoughts about balancing coursework and the demands of the sport are helpful. I always try to emphasize with students heading toward D-1 (or thinking about it) that the amount of self-discipline required is prodigious. Some underestimate the requirements, both academic and athletic. And as you say, the social “opportunities” can be a huge distraction. Therefore students need to think carefully how they aim to balance all the different aspects of college life. Some find that they do not have what it takes to be a D-1 athlete, a successful student, and a social butterfly–simultaneously.
    Again, thanks for visiting the site.

  8. My freshman son attends an International Bacculaurate school @ his local high school.He is a student athlete (football). He has a 4.39 weighted GPA and a 4.0 unweighted. Do colleges look at I.B. classes any different. Do they look at if they actually obtained the IB diploma at the end as well? His goal is to obviously graduate with a high GPA but to also play football in college. As a 9th grader he has taken the SAT and scored only 1780. Then in 7th grade he took the ACT and had a composite score of 24. Does it sound like he is on track/ Thanks for you advice.

  9. Dear Colleen,

    First, let me refer you to some of my other posts that you might find helpful with regard to the IB and rigorous courses in general. The short answer is that yes, colleges do appreciate the rigor of the IB classes, and they do like to see students on track for the diploma.

    You ask whether your son is “on track.” Well, that all depends on where he chooses to go. He is still young, he has taken some tests early, and he is doing well in school. He is also playing football, but you do not mention what level: is he on the freshman team, JV, or Varsity? Does he envision going to the most selective (popular) college in the land, and/or does he want a full-ride scholarship to play Division 1 football (note that the Ivies do not give athletic scholarships).

    It sounds like your son is being successful by the statistical or numerical measures, and that he is challenging himself athletically and academically. He is doing his best. Since you ask for my advice, I’d simply tell you to relax with the knowledge that your son will find his own path, that he will be successful, and (we hope) will learn something both in the classroom and on the gridiron. The answer to the question, “where will he go to college?” will be answered in due time. Keep your own goals for him real: his happiness, his success as he defines it, and his continued learning and growth.

    I hope you find this somewhat helpful, and thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you have further questions; I’d be happy to help!

  10. My son is in an IB program finishing 10th grade with a GPA unweighted about 3.1 and weighted 4.3. He is also a top player on his varsity tennis team and commits many hours to this as well as community and school activities. His concern is whether it is better to give up tennis to bring up his grades and be equal to the IB kids who have no other involvement in activities and are with 3.6-4.0 unweighted GPAs or stick with the tennis (which is his passion) and hope that colleges recognize the time committment needed to succeed in both. Thank you

  11. Hello, Michael. I wish I could give you specific advice, but there is so much more I’d need to know in order to be helpful to your son. He is asking the right questions. Activities are definitely important, but grades often trump the activities. Dropping sports, however, may not be optimal, either. Further, is your son comparing himself to others in a way that is unhealthy or that would force him to make decisions that he would be unhappy about? Sometimes a kid might be best off keeping the things he loves on his schedule, working as hard as he can, and being at peace with the 3.1 unweighted GPA. What, really, is his concern? If it’s a concern that he won’t get into a “good” college, that concern is probably overblown (of course, we’d have to think about the definition of what constitutes “good” in his context–which is what I do as a college consultant). For the most part, colleges do “recognize the time commitment need to succeed in both.” Some colleges will be delighted to turn that recognition into an acceptance letter. Some will not. His strategy will be to identify the schools that value him most for who he is and the choices he has made. And perhaps I could help in crafting that strategy and identifying those schools. Feel free to give me a call if you’d like to chat further.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and best of luck to your son as he charts his path.

  12. I was wondering can you still play Football in a D1 college without getting recruted or if you already graduated. Can you still try out for the Team.

  13. Hi, Jimmy.

    Your question bothers me, to an extent, because the answer bothers me. Frankly, there are some colleges out there that are so desperate for students–and especially for students ones who can play a sport–that they will hold their nose when looking at a student’s transcript (or when reading an essay in which the words “their” and “there” are misused) and accept students who are academically very weak. Especially if those students are willing to pay full price at a Division III school, some schools have no shame. Fortunately, this is a tiny minority.

    But remember, being accepted is no the same thing as graduating: only about 37% of students who go directly from high school to college will graduate in four years.

    Grades always matter, Jimmy, not because you may (or may not) be barred from going to college. Rather, grades are a proxy for how much you have learned–in an academic sense. If you plan to go to college and be academically successful, then you should be working hard in school, doing your homework regularly, and performing well on tests. It’s always nice if you can play a sport-but the skills you learn on the field are not the same ones that serve you well in the classroom.

    So if you want to play your sport in college–and graduate from that same college–then grades matter. Anyone who tells you differently does not have your best interests in mind.

    Best of luck to you, Jimmy.

  14. hello, I am a senior at my high school and am debating on which school to attend. I think I want to begin at a division 3 college for volleyball, but feel at times I can do better. If I were to attend a division 3 school, could, after a year of playing for them, be recruited to a divison 2 or 3. Do scouts attend college games looking for new players?

  15. Hello, Angelica. I’m an expert on colleges, including college sports. I don’t really know much about pro volleyball. I would guess that pro volleyball depends on your performance in college. For example, will you be on one of the top NCAA Division I teams during college? Are you winning individual awards (MVP, for example) that distinguish your play? Frankly, I’m not sure that there is a clear pathway from HS to pro volleyball, other than to be recruited by a top-level NCAA team, and then become one of the standouts in the sport. Pro volleyball is a tiny (and not very well paying) corner of the professional sports world. (A professional player for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team–which plays at the Pepsi Center here in Denver and is quite successful, is also a middle-school teacher at my son’s school: most professional sports are poorly paid, and you may want to consider having a “day job” in addition to your professional sports career). You might want to contact professional teams to see how it works, too. Or study the backgrounds of professional players: where did they go to college? I’ll bet you can find players’ biographies online.

    Hope this helps, Angelica, and good luck!

  16. Hi, Angelica.

    If you’re a senior and have not yet been picked up by a Division I NCAA team, I would be seriously considering Division 3. Remember that the sporting world is sort of pyramidal in structure. The higher up you go in skill level, the smaller the number of players who consistently perform at that level, and the less demand there is for new blood. I also do not think that coaches from D1 schools recruit at D3 colleges: there is so much top-notch high school play going on–and coaches can get a student for four years instead of three, two, or one. Sometimes players at D3 colleges do try to get recruited by coaches, and perhaps coaches do pick them up from time to time. But I’m guessing this is the exception, rather than the rule.

    Good luck, Angelica, in finding the right college and the right team. If I can be more helpful, please let me know.

  17. What is the different between DII and DIII? I am looking at schools in both divisions and am getting a lot of interest from a DII coach but I don’t know how much of a commitment DII is compared to DIII. It it more like DI or DIII?

  18. Hello, B.
    In my mind, there are two big differences between D2 and D3. The first is money: D3 does not offer athletic scholarships, while D2 does. However, this does not mean that a student choosing a D3 school may not be getting some merit scholarships that will reduce the overall cost of attending college. It’s just that these scholarships will not be tied to the sport and will not be called “athletic scholarships.”

    Second, most D2 schools (but not all) are public universities that are not the “flagship” schools of their state.

    With regard to level of play, usually D2 is considered less competitive than D1 and more competitive than D3. However, there are some D2 schools (and players) who can run circles around some D1 teams, while there are also D3 schools that could compete against many a D1 school.

    Of course there is much more to say about the differences between D1, D2, and D3. I hope you found this abbreviated answer helpful!

  19. Happy New Year Mr. Montgomery!
    I’ve read all your comments and found them very helpful! thanks.
    So here is my situation.
    I have this D3 school in mind which has a good business program as well as a soccer program.
    And let’s say if I get accepted to that school, is it possible for me get any “merit scholarships” for playing soccer there as a Walk-On?


  20. Hello. You might get some “merit aid” from a D3 school, but it will not be tied to the sport. Thus you can go to the school (with or without said aid) and try out for the team–and walk on. Keep in mind that the “merit” is usually awarded for academic talents. Sometimes there might be another kind of award (e.g., a “leadership award” or something equally vague). But D3 schools are barred from giving athletic scholarships. This doesn’t mean that athletes don’t scholarships. They just don’t get scholarships that are called anything remotely like “athletic scholarships.”
    Hope that clears up some confusion.

  21. I have a brother-in-law who plays football. He started playing his Junior year in HS & started kind of late in recruiting. He is being recruited by several D3 schools, some NAIA schools, Some Junior Colleges, & University of Toronto. Every kids dream is to play for a D1 school because it gives them a better chance to play professionally. What route gives him a better chance in playing for a D1 type school after one or two years. Now I have heard of colleges recruiting from a JC, but I haven’t heard of D1 colleges recruiting from a D3 school.

  22. Howdy.
    It is possible to play pro after D3. The odds are long, but it is possible. Depends on the team, depends on the league, and (of course) depends on the talents of that particular player. From your email address, it seems that soccer is your sport. Do you know how much a star player (other than Beckham) makes as a professional soccer player in MLS? You might want to check that out.
    Good luck, and have fun!

  23. I was wondering what my chances of getting into a division III college that offers wrestling would be. I also did track and field but do not intend to pursue that. I goofed off my freshman and sophmore years but have since pulled it together. I will be a senior and with my AP courses and others I have taken this upcoming year. I was wondering if colleges would see my initative. Right now I have a cummulative GPA of about 2.5 but my guess would be with my courses and AP classes it will probably raise to at least a 2.8-3.0. I have taken two foreign languages and most of my schools business classes also as that would be what I would like to major in. I test well and am on track with all my classes I also plan on taking my SAT soon. Thanks for any help.

  24. Dear Chris,
    Thanks for your question. In answer to the bit about wrestling, you would have to connect with coaches to see if you would be considered a strong recruit. If you can add to the strengths of the team, the coach might be able to help you. But it also depends on which D3 school: some will not look at you without excellent grades and test scores. But many others will be glad to consider you with your current GPA, especially if the trend is positive. I wish I could give you a hard and fast answer. But as with so many similar questions, the true answer is, “it depends.”
    Let me know if I can provide you with more specific information by way of a preliminary consultation.

  25. i am interested in playing soccer in college and don’t really know much about the process. my grades are decent i have a 3.3 and got an 1870 on my sat. how would i go around to getting coach’s attention?

  26. Hi, Diego.
    The answer to your question depends on what level of play. It’s a very complicated process. There is one simple rule: don’t wait for the coaches to come to you. Look at schools you want to attend and send your soccer profile and letter of introduction to the coaches. You can also go on the athletics pages of college websites and at least fill out their recruiting forms. Again, this is a VERY simplified version of the process. But the core guideline: let the coaches know you exist. Wave your arms. Get a megaphone. Stomp your feet (nicely). The won’t know you exist until you make them aware of your potential contributions to their team.
    Let me know if you need help. Every year we help dozens of athletes like you.
    Good luck!

  27. hey i am a senior and i have been offered a d2 full ride scholarship to play basketball. they say i can sign in november if i want to. i was looking at some d1 schools to attend and i was wandering what your advice would be in taking the full ride d2 vs going d1 and maybe not playing as much as id like. also what are the demands of d1 vs d2

  28. Dear Bridger,
    Thanks for your question. The answers really lie in your heart: how much to you want to play? With regard to the demands of D1 vs. D2, it really depends on the school. But in many respects there may be very little difference: your “job” at both NCAA levels to compete hard and win championships. You should talk to the coaches concerned in making your decision. Ask them this very question! You’ll get better, more detailed answers than you can from someone like me.
    Best of luck!

  29. Hey, I am a high school junior. I run track and cross country. I have a 4.0 though a low act score. I planning to run track a d3 school. Can the coach help me get in to the school if i do not have the act score?

  30. Hi, Jay.
    The answer is a qualified yes. If you generally meet the minimum criteria for admission and the coach is dying to have you on his team, then the coach can pull for you. However, even within some schools, some coaches have more pull than others. You also don’t mention your class rank or the rigor of the courses you are taking. Those two things will also factor into the minimum admissibility requirements of the D3 school. If you pick the school well and the coach/team well, then you may be able to achieve both the athletic and the academic dream.

    That said, perhaps you should study more and retake the ACT later in your junior year. Won’t hurt to try to bring up that score–and optimize your possibilities!

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

  31. Hey, I’m an high school senior looking to play college volleyball- AND major in civil/ environmental engineering (a very demanding major). My main problem is how to decide between going the more “academic” route with a D3 school or going the more “athletic” route with a big D1. I have been offered positions on both teams and there isn’t much difference in the price tags, other than the possibility for getting an athletic scholarship at the D1 school after my freshmen year.
    I don’t want to regret going to either school, but I know I will definitely be busy (and short on time) at either school. Have you encountered many athletes who want to play at the HIGHEST level possible but also want to study a difficult major. I love volleyball and have been prepped to play D1 like all of my teammates who are already committed, so I feel like playind D3 would almost be a step down. What have others done?I have to make my decision very very soon!! So any insight would be much appreciated. Thanks

  32. Hi, Kathleen.
    First off, DO NOT believe your coach that you will get an athletic scholarship after freshman year. You cannot count on that. Coaches are nice people, but they are totally fixated on winning. If some other girl comes along next year who is a better outside hitter, then the money will go to her. You can never count on it. So DO NOT make your decision based on some flimsy promise from a coach–if it ain’t in writing the promise ain’t worth a darn.
    Second, this is about your EDUCATION, not your athletic career. If you want to be an engineer–and you know it’s a difficult major–then put that up front in the list of priorities. While you have undoubtedly enjoyed the prep VB world, most of those girls are not going to be engineers. They likely do not share your career goals. You need to focus on your own objectives.
    So, can you cut it both ways? Play at the HIGHEST level possible and be an engineer? It’s possible. But would you like to do anything else while you’re in college? Would you like to study abroad, attend a cool lecture by a visiting dignitary, or go out for pizza with your dorm friends on a Wednesday night? Would you like to root for your friends on the hockey team or attend a concert? Would you like to spend a carefree weekend in town (or in the country or at the beach)? Do you want every vacation to be focused on VB?
    Your questions are not unusual, and yes, there are kids who can somehow do both (Ivy League and Patriot League are both D1 and the level of play is generally high — but not Big 10 high). But engineering plus D1 VB will likely squeeze every ounce out of you, leaving little time for little else.
    Part of this big decisions is the realization, Kathleen, that you cannot do it all. It’s hard to make these choices, isn’t it? I’d be happy to talk to you more about this. I have a couple of elite VB players among my clients right now. And one, a HS junior, is struggling with this issue. There’s a lot to think about!
    Good luck to you!

  33. Hello,found this site to be pretty informative and had a question concerning my ACT score. I am a senior and currently being recruited by several schools for football in D2,D3,and NAIA. The school I really like and want to attend is a D2 school. I currently have a GPA of 3.9 but the ACT has been giving me fits and I have only scored a 17(cumulative 67) on it. I have looked at the requirements for D2 and it says you must have a minimum of 18 or a cumulative of 68. Is there any chance I could get accepted with the 17 or are they pretty firm with it being an 18.

  34. I would like to put in a ‘plug’ for DIII volleyball. My daughter happens to be one of those who will play for a DIII school and I am thrilled. She will, as you say, have the time to do that at a very competitive level, but still have time to pursue an extremely demanding major (physics or chemistry) all the while working on a degree in music (she is an outstanding pianist). It is hard sometimes to see DIII somehow as a step down, but I don’t think it is. 30 some odd years ago I played collegiately (AIAW small college) and we finished 2nd in nationals my senior year…..and it was fantastic. I’m thrilled that my daughter, by choosing DIII, will have a fabulous education and be able to excel in many things, all the while being surrounded by equally well-rounded and gifted peers.

  35. Thank you so much for your “plug” for DIII athletics. DIII does provide great opportunities for student athletes to have a balanced college experience!

    Katherine Price
    Senior Associate
    Montgomery Educational Consulting

  36. My daughter is entering High school and has been playing ice hockey with the local boys team for 10 years. She wants to play college womens hockey. What division schools should we be looking at? She will most definitely need financial aid and/or a sports/academic scholarship.

    Thank you , Bonnie

  37. Wow. A great deal to digest here on this medium. Hate to bring this out right now, however I was a D1 Lacrosse Player (who cares) league MVP(who cares) and D1 All American(who cares) . I don’t. Thankfully noone cares and nor do I. With that all said, I will say that some of the very best players that I have played with in later life were D3 Lacrosse players. There is very little difference( if none at all) between D1 , D2, D3 in the sub tier sports. Do we all know what those are???? Soccer, Wrestling, Lacrossse, and Softbal, to name a few. D1 College players, particularly in Mens and Womens Lacrorsse are the Private School, Prep School . Our Lady of Preservation and Score a Goal Academy kids. Both Mens and Womens Lacrosse in D1 College is a complet e joke. There are about 20 Competitive teams in D1 and the rest couldn’t beat the top HS teams in MASS. Positioning, posturing, and phony Private School BS, build a house in Guatemala BS. My daugher built a house in SubSahara Africa and played Lacrosse at OUr LADY OF Privelege and score 12 goals her Senior Year, 6 of which went offf her head. Give me a sholarship to HC or Bryant Sad and bizarre, however they , couldn[t beat a HS team. Apparrently, If you are all on this link you are overl involved with t sonny boy or susie. ” They just have it, they are unbelievable”
    Step back and think about the SocioEconomic impact on sports. Sonnie boy or Susie has been to Camps and or Private trainers for years. Money well spent? I can go on.

  38. Hi, Bonnie,
    We’d be happy to help. Women’s hockey is a special case. You can look at the NCAA website, as well as the NAIA website and search for club teams. But from my perspective, academics are going to give your daughter a better chance at money. So if we were to be her consultants, we’d want to look at the whole picture in order to help her–and you–achieve your goals. Give us a call, if you like, at 720.279.7577.
    Best regards.

  39. Hello, my daughter is a Sophomore, she is a 8 year club swimmer as well. She has made her sectional cut, thusfar, in one event this year and flirting with two more. She has been getting alot of letters from coaches from very prominent D3 Schools (which have a very heafty price tag). Academically, her grades are very strong, she will be participating in the IB program for all subjects her junior and snr. year. We have visited Div. 1 schools who have said when its time to send in the apps. send them to them with her SAT scores and they will bring them to the admissions office. Is this a good sign that she is recruitable? And if so, with a swimmer being sought after at 15, how would Div 3 schools try and woo her. She actually prefers Div 3 because she will be going into the Biotechnolgy field and the academics will be very time consuming. Most D3 programs we looked at her swim times are either the fasted or in the top 3. She as well, would need scholarship money, whether it be academic/grants or athletic. I would like to know since we would need the “aid” does Div 3 find the money to get who they want.

  40. Hello Mr. Montgomery, I wasn’t sure if this was the right place or not for the question, but I had a question. I’m a sophomore at a branch of Ohio University. I haven’t played any sports, and likely won’t while I’m working on my Education Degree. However, due to the economy (as well as exposure to the business world, as I work at a bank), I have also been seriously thinking about going after my business degree after the education degree.

    My question is this: Would I be able to participate in college athletics while I was going after a degree in business (after my first degree)?

    Thank you

  41. Hi, Mike.
    All depends on what level you hope to play and within which association and division. Restrictions will exist. Why aren’t you playing now? Why are you going to pay for two bachelor’s degrees? If you already work at a bank, do you really need a BA in business? Why not wait a few years, make some money, and consider an MBA? Just an idea.
    Good luck.

  42. Hi, Dee. My apologies for not responding sooner. If your daughter is getting letters from coaches, this is a good sign. But time will tell if she continues to be contacted. Your daughter’s situation is very tricky, and it’s not one that I can really comment on in a short response in a public forum. She is D3 eligible, but the recruiting (and scholarship) policies are wildly different from D1. I have one student who has already signed on to a D3 school–with a scholarship, but not for swimming, of course–at the end of her junior year. So the commitments can be made early, if a coach loves the kid (and assuming admissions loves the kid, too). Again, this is very complicated and not something I can really help with. We do work with athletes, and we’re particularly good with swimmers (we have had lots of experience with them, for some reason…!). Let us know if we can provide you more specific guidance.
    Best of luck.

  43. Hi.
    This is a policy that will be determined by the university in question. You need to ask them how firm they are with an 18.
    Best of luck.

  44. Hello, Im currently a varsity lever athlete at a 4-A lever school in south Carolina. Im currently a sophomore. I want to be a college lever wrestler, the school doesnt really matter. I wanted to know if i wrestle throughout high school would it be better to participate in other sports on the varsity level, and if that would look better on my transcript that just sticking to the same sports each year. I have the opportunity to varsity letter in Soccer, Wrestling, Football, Tennis, And Cross Country. Would that be recommended for a better chance at a college accepting me?

  45. Hi, Dakota,
    If you want to be a Division 1 wrestler, you need to put your all into it. You will be competing with kids who really focus on their sport–to the exclusion of all else. However, if you are aiming more for Division 3, then being a multi-sport athlete might be a bonus–especially if you’re good. So it’s hard for me to advise you, as I know nothing about your wrestling capabilities, your body type and shape (it matters in wrestling, especially as you get older), and your academic abilities. I’d advise you to talk to your current coaches and ask their opinions. Make sure they give you their honest assessment of your post-high school prospects, and if they think you’re college scholarship material, they should be help guide you. If later on you need help matching colleges with your sport(s) in a way that gives you the best of both worlds, please give us a shout. Good luck!

  46. Thanks, I want to be an art teacher. I dont have a set college yet. I won JV state my freshman year in wrestling and i Plan to win at Varsity at least 1 time before I graduate. I wrestle at the 170 pound weight class,And as a freshman at varsity I went 14-8. I Have a 3.0 GPA and its going to go up after this year. Im 6ft Tall exactly, Ive been wrestling for 2 years, and really have a passion for the sport. I enjoy playing all sports but wrestling is where my heart is. If these sports would look good on my transcript and help me get into a college Id love to participate in as many as i could. I just dont know if it would help my chances for college to look at me.

  47. Hello. The deal is this: a wrestling coach is looking for a wrestler. So playing other sports may or may not help your wrestling. Certainly they will help you stay in shape, athletically. And there may not be that many opportunities in your area to pursue your sport outside of the competitive season. But the fact that you may be a great basketball or volleyball player will not make you more attractive to coaches. One other thing to keep in mind: it has always been my experience that a great GPA will get you more scholarship money from many colleges than a great athletic ability. And you control your academic performance in ways that you cannot control the academic competition or the capriciousness of coaches. So make sure you focus on that GPA this year…it may be more important than any sport.
    Good luck!

  48. My daughter has recently committed to a Div III school to play lacrosse. It is October of her Senior Year in High School. Because she has verbally committed to a DIII school, does that mean she cannot look at any other schools? What is the commitment level on both the student’s side and the coaches?

  49. Hi.
    Her verbal commitment is just that…a verbal commitment. We don’t like to pull back from our commitments. And yet, since she has not yet started, if she finds a school (and team) she likes better, she is not contractually committed to her present school. It’s okay to “look out for number 1.” But if it looks like she will commit somewhere else, please tell the coach to which she is not committed so she can find another player pronto.
    Best of luck

  50. Thank you for all your wonderful advise! My two sons have been homeschooled due to the poor schools in our area. They have great sports, but lack in the academic area. I have used a great curriculum that has put them far ahead of others their age. Due to this they will start college as dual enrollment next year, as they have fulfilled all high school credits required by the end of spring semester (both have 4.0 GPA). I was planning to have them continue to play at the high school level in sports another year or two due to their age (15 & 16). One is interested in playing College Baseball and has interest in Robotics Engineering. The other plans to enlist in the Naval Academy (as a pilot) after he finishes his bachelors (undecided, but leaning toward avionics engineer). He may want to play football at the collegiate level. Will a college be disinterested in them for sports if they are Juniors at 18? Should I consider limiting their collegiate courses? Should I lean toward one division over another? Thanks again for your advice!

  51. Hello,
    My son is currently in his Senior year. He is a All State lacrosse player. He has 1 D1 school, 2 D2 schools and endless D3 schools interested in him. He has shown interest in a D3 school. They have told him he is the number 1 recruit on their board. My concern is at a D3 school, will they show him a financial package based on his academics only or are there other monies that they can offer him. I have heard from other parents in the past that their son or daughter went to this school for next to nothing because they were a great athletes.

  52. Nick, everything depends on how good a student your son is. Most D3 schools throw most of their financial aid discounts at strong students. If your son is also a strong athlete, he may be able to command more money. But most of the time, a college will not discount heavily for a student with strong athletic skills who does not also excel in the classroom. Only D1 and D2 will do that. If his athletic skills are terrific, and he wants to get a cheap education, then he might want to go D1. But remember: not all D1 schools will offer really big scholarships for sports like lacrosse. He may get a scholarship, but be sure to investigate what this will mean in terms of the entire cost of his education. Even at D1, many parents are woefully disappointed by the small size of scholarships. What most parents of athletes forget is that much more money is available for strong academic performance than is available for strong athletic performance. I hope this is helpful. Good luck!

  53. Hi, Kelley. It’s hard to give you solid advice without understanding more of the particulars. But your questions are good ones. Most colleges that recruit at the highest level want kids for all four years–they can cultivate their athleticism and benefit from it for four years. As youngsters, they aren’t big enough or fast enough yet (probably) to compete with college students. As Juniors at age 18, your students will be considered transfer students, not freshmen. So things become a bit different at that point, both academically and athletically. I’d also point out that the Naval Academy is an undergraduate institution. He cannot go there to become a pilot as a graduate student. He can enlist in the Navy, if he likes, and perhaps he can become a pilot of some sort. But the Academy is for undergraduates. Best of luck, and thanks for writing in.

  54. Hello,My high school senior daughter wants to play D1 softball and I was wondering if their are any universities that may be better suited for her since she wants to study engineering. She has excellent grades and can get into just about any university. Thanks

  55. Hi, Gary. I’m sure there are, indeed, “universities that may be better suited for her.” I’m not sure from your message how to guide you toward those particular schools, but that’s definitely what we do as part of our consultative services for athletes: we ensure that the fit is right both athletically and academically. Feel free to give us a shout if you’d like to explore the possibilities of getting some Great College Advice!. Our number is 720.279.7577.

  56. Hi, I am currently in my senior year of high school and im looking to further my educational and athletic careers. I am one of the top students in my graduating class and I currently hold a 3.3 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT. I have played football for all my life, but my last two years I have been on varsity and while on varsity I helped the team win back to back state titles as well as region titles. My coaches are on the self-centered side and don’t really try to help past football players after the season has ended. I have had numerous contacts with a wide range of D1, D2 and D3 schools. I currently am getting the opportunity from a D3 school, but I have been told that switching from a division 3 school to division 1 for football and academic is very difficult. Im wondering how hard is it switching divisions academically and athletically, and it’s not my main goal just a possibility, is it hard going to the nfl from a d3 school. Another thing is im about 6’3, 255, and run a 6.01 40-time, I bench 265, squat 315, and deadlift 485. I was wondering do i have the size to go D1 or at least switch to a D1 school and I was slotted at offensive tackle on my 1A high school team, but what would be other positions i could look at possibly pursuing. Thanks for reading and helping.

  57. Hello,
    Since this past summer, I have committed to, been accepted at, and enrolled the DIII national champions for 2011 in the sport I play (women’s lacrosse). Part of me feels as though I was swept up in the glamour of the recruiting process and felt pressured to go to a school with a reputable name in the lacrosse community. The more I take time to think to myself, the more I wish I had chosen a division 1 school that maybe isnt consistently in the top 25. I love the sport I play so much and am always itching to play it every day. I have already even started looking at possible places to transfer to (just to keep my options open, I have not contacted any coaches what so ever)… which leads me here with my questions: is it possible to transfer from a division 3 school to a divison 1 school? how common is it? If I don’t transfer, how close will a life as a top tier D3 school compare to that of the life of an athlete at a D1 school? And before you think I am jumping the gun, I do plan to go to the D3 school I committed too for a year just to make sure this is what I want.

  58. Hi Bailey,
    First, congratulations on being successfully recruited to a top-notch team. You should feel very good about what you’ve accomplished. To answer your questions, it is certainly possible to transfer from a DIII school to a DI institution, but it will require a lot of effort in order to do so. You will have to re-market yourself to the DI schools and find those who are open to taking transfers. This may be something that you won’t want to deal with your freshman year as you are adjusting to the college experience overall. You must also ensure that you follow all of the NCAA rules for transferring, and I suggest that you take a look at the NCAA website to find out what the those are. That said, you should give your DIII experience a chance. DIII sports, especially at a school with a top-notch program, can be as competitive as those at many DI schools (albeit not at the most competitive DI institutions). Since you are going to a school with a very successful DIII program, I would bet that they take their lacrosse very seriously, and that you will have a fairly intense and satisfying lacrosse experience. It’s fair to scout out some of your DI alternatives in the event that you won’t be happy at your DIII school, but I’ll bet that once you get to the school where you’re committed, and have the team-bonding experience, you may not want to leave for a DI opportunity.

  59. Hi Stuart,
    As with so many things when it comes to the NCAA rules, the answer to your question is: it depends! A D3 baseball player can transfer to D1 without sitting out a year, however, the athlete has to meet certain criteria and be eligible for an exception. Take a look at the NCAA Transfer Guide which is available online. This should answer your question as it applies to your particular situation. Best of luck!

  60. Hi Bobby,
    I’m glad to hear that you want to continue with your education and your athletics. It is true that it can be difficult to switch from a D3 school to a D1 school. This is primarily because D1 coaches have already filled their rosters with players that they have recruited. You would need to be a real stand-out on your D3 team, keep up your academics in your D3 school (the better your academics the better your chances for a move), and proactively market yourself to the D1 schools so that coaches would be interested in you. That said, it is certainly not impossible, and moves between D3 and D1 certainly do happen.

    As for going to the NFL from a D3 school, that also can happen and there are some examples of this in the NFL, though admittedly, the numbers aren’t huge. In order to be considered for the NFL from a D3 school, you’ll need to have stats that are equal to or better than and be capable of playing against the best players from D1 schools. You’ll need to become eligible and find opportunities to showcase yourself so that you’ll catch the eye of NFL recruiters. It’s not easy, but it can be done. Overall, you should be sure that you are being realistic about whether you are really good enough to compete at the level of the NFL.

    I can’t really comment on whether your size or ability are good enough to play at a D1 school as that would be up to the coaches at each school. Know, however, that there are certainly different levels of play at different D1 schools. Just because a school is D1 does not mean that its team is better than some of the best D3 schools.

  61. I was in talks with elmhurst college a division 3 school my senior year for wrestling. But then my shoulder got injured and I had to have surgery which took me out for 8 months. In that time I enrolled at Central Michigan which is a D1 school. I was practicing with them in the off season last year, but I couldn’t make the walk on’s because my shoulder was still healing. This year as a sophomore I asked if I could finally walk on. The coach recognized me but told me unfortunately due to gender caps they filled there quota and have been turning away many other wrestlers. I told this to my dad one day and he said that he had actually been talking to someone from elmhurst and they said that if I keep my grades up they’d accept me on the team. Right now I’m keeping in shape by running, lifting and doing judo since there’s no wrestling club. And my high school coach is helping me out to when I’m back home. I don’t want to quit wrestling so I am transferring next semester and I hope to make the team. Is this possible though. I know it’s division 3 but we live in the real world and they have standards as well. I lettered all 4 years in high school placed twice at FAWA states and was a training partner for the colombian national team. But I haven’t compete in about a year and a half. So still do I have a chance? And am I on the right road to get to my goal?

  62. Daniel,

    It certainly sounds like you are on the right road, but it is nearly impossible for us to comment on your abilities as a wrestler or whether or not you will make the team at Elmhurst. I would just make sure you keep communicating with the Elmhurst coach and explore other options- just in case.


    Katherine Price
    Senior Associate

  63. I have kid who was all-state in football his senior year but got some bad guidance and didn’t get much attention. He ended up walking on at pretty good Div 1 football program and they red-shirted him. However, he didn’t feel he was going to get a good shot and the head coach just left and he wants to play versus sit. He’s since transferred to a DIII school and immediately got a starting position and in the first two weeks/games has been all-rookie defensive player of the week for the conference and is 3rd in tackles.

    The questions:

    1) If he continues to perform at such a high level and keeps his grades up, what are the odds he can play at a higher level where he can get a scholarship (Div II, IAA, etc)?

    2) If possible, what should he be doing to increase his chances?


  64. Ken,
    I’m glad your son has been able to play at the DIII level. It can be difficult to switch from a DIII school to a DII school or higher because those coaches have already filled their rosters with players they have recruited. Your son would really need to stand out on his DIII team (which it sounds like he’s doing so far), get good grades at his current school (the higher his grades, the better his chances of transferring to a higher division), and really market himself to the schools he’s interested in so that coaches will be interested in him. This can be very time-consuming. What your son needs to decide is how much time and effort he’s willing to invest in trying to transfer and play at a higher level. Additionally, if he transfers again, he will have been at three different colleges, which can be very disruptive to his academic and social life. I hope that helps.

  65. Sara,

    Thanks for your quick reply and for the info. Very helpful. One more question:

    1. If he does transfer to a DI or DII school – would he have to sit out a year? If so, are there exceptions? (He was redshirted at the first School (Major Div 1) but is obviously playing at his current Div III school).

    He is just looking at the alternatives right now. Given he walked on to a major D1 program as a freshman, he is comfortable that he can play at that level and definitely at the DII level. DIII seems to be a bit easy for him (as indicated by the immediate recognition/awards for his performance) and he is looking for more of a challenge (and a possible scholarship to help pay for college). As he is not my actual son – I’m not pushing him either way – just trying to get him info so he can make an educated decision.

  66. Kent,
    The NCAA has very specific, sometimes complicated, and often-changing rules around the eligibility of transfer students from one division to another. It sounds like your student has a lot to consider. I recommend contacting the NCAA directly with your student’s questions and issues. The NCAA publishes an annual guide specifically for transfer students which could also help give you more specifics about the rules and regulations surrounding a move from a D3 school. Best of luck as you assist this young man in his quest for the right playing environment!

  67. Can an athlete transfer as a senior to a Division III school while (1) having not played at a JC recently (they are 23 years old) and (2) if they are not officially enrolled in the current school with actual classes until the Spring semester (this after having played numerous conference games to date)? …

  68. Hi Suzanne,

    The NCAA has very specific, sometimes complicated, and often-changing rules around the eligibility of transfer students. I’m not entirely clear on what your situation is, so I recommend contacting the NCAA directly with your questions and issues. The NCAA publishes an annual guide specifically for transfer students which could also help give you more specifics about the rules and regulations surrounding a move to a D3 school. Here is a link to the latest for 2012-2013: Best of luck to you!

    Andrea Aronson

  69. Hello sir, how are you?. Well i have a question about JC attendance policies. I have a liitle story to tell so u know the cricumstances. Well I am a former athlete and Baseball was my passion. My senior yr of HS I was the 38th rnd draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays organization. I was a draft and follow to be exact, Meaning that the Jays were interested in me but they wanted to see how i performed on a diff level. So i chose to attend Hillsborough JC in Tampa Fl. I had a great fall earning an athletic scholarship and the Jays were at practices and scrimmage games. I passed all my courses making me eligible to participate in the Spring. I was well on my way to a contract and an unkown signing bonus amount. Spring ball starts its the first 2 weeks of the spring semester. I had a course that started at 1 pm and lasted an hour or so. This class was cutting it close for me to be late to practice so i didnt attend the first 2 weeks. it was 8 games into the spring when my coach appraoches me and tells me that their is a problem with my academics and I was Dropped out of this particular course. This took my credits below 12 so i had to pick up a course quickly to make me eligible to play spring ball. From my understanding students on an Athletic scholarship must have 12 or more credits to stay eligible to play. So that very day I picked up a computer course giving me the one credit i needed. We have a ball game in West palm beach the next day.. The worst day of my life emerged when i showed up to our team locker room and coach calls me in the office . He is with the athletic director and he tells me the news that terrified me!!!! He tells me that since i went under the 12 credits even for one day that i am no longer eligible to play the rest of the season losing my scholarship and a full yr of eligibility. My dream come true collapses and Im left on my own . I was so scared that i never told my parents what happened, i figured i would call my scout that helped me get drafted, he says well u really screwed up and that he will get me a individual tryout for the Jays. I had never heard from him since. Im sorry for the long story but I want to know if there was anything that i could have done to appeal this and do u think this was a harsh punishment . I was never asked anything or given a warning shot about my attendance. I attended all my classes from fall to spring accept that one course about 4 classes. I was an 18 yr old kid and i had no idea that i had a right to appeal this issue. Im still upset about this and i always will be!!!! tx for ur time i really appreciate ur time and attention..

  70. Thanks for your comment, Tyrone. It is a cautionary tale about how universities work, and how vital it is that students understand the rules and procedures and requirements. You made an assumption that attending class was “no big deal,” when in fact it cost you a great deal, both in money and in unrealized dreams. It’s too bad that your university and your coaches did not provide you with more guidance: you might have been able to avoid this situation had someone been helping to ensure that you were abiding by the eligibility requirements.
    Best of luck to you.

  71. Our daughter is a 9th grader who has been playing for the varsity high school tennis team since 6th grade (charter school). Conservative estimates, from her coaches, put her at about a 4 star athlete by her junior year in HS … certainly strong enough for some D-I and virtually all D-III schools.

    Academically, she’s doing well too with plans of taking the most stringent course load available at her HS. She’s currently top in her graduating class. Her dream has always been to attend a top institution for undergraduate studies. And, although she would like to play college tennis, we are proud that she has prioritized education before athletics.

    The more that I learn about the demands of a student-athlete at a Div-I school, the more I gravitate towards D-III for her (currently looking for top non-LAC schools with warmer climates) if at all possible.

    Regarding our financial position, we bought into our state’s prepaid college plan, when our daughter was small, but don’t have much in savings. She’s expressed an interest in the medical field requiring a post-secondary education and tuition that we currently can’t afford.

    So my questions are as follows:

    (1) Based on her profile and current path, assuming I can defer the escrow prepaid college funds to grad/medical school (not sure have to check on this), how do I go about finding Div-III schools that would extend the best merit-aid package available? Should we primarily focus our attention on universities that meet full financial need (e.i. Emory, Cal Tech, Wash Univ STL) or might her profile suggest significant merit-based institutional aid offsetting this concern and broadening her search?

    (2) How and when should she reach out to perspective Div-III schools? Is the first point of contact the team’s head coach or an admissions officer? And as she is still young and not a 4-star player yet, is there a negative impact to putting her on a coach’s radar this early?

    (3) If it is advantageous to initiate contact at this early stage, what typically is protocol for maintaining these lines of communication over the next four years? Would it be evident if a coach’s interest has waned?

    (4) Are you a proponent of student-athletes expressing interest and contacting an inordinate amount of schools or focusing on a list of likely candidates?

    Thank you for your help.

  72. Hello Mark,
    My daughter is in eighth grade and I am in the process of looking for an academic advisor to help her plan for high school and ultimately college. My daughter is a gifted student but not in a gifted program. She enjoys working in the media class at school and has done the news at school for two years now. She has never received anything lower than an A her entire academic career and took part in the SAT’s through the Duke Tip program. She earned a score of 1880 on that. She is a swimmer, and she swims year round. Her best race is the 200 fly. I am very interested in ANY advice you could provide for Alyssa as well as advice in finding the right academic advisor. Thank you for your time. L. A.

  73. Hello, L. A.,
    Thank you for your comment. Perhaps it might be helpful to schedule a phone appointment so that I can learn more and perhaps offer some of the advice you seek regarding finding the right academic advisor.
    Best regards,
    Mark Montgomery

  74. Dear Barry,
    Thanks for your comment and your questions. Answering them in detail would lie outside the scope of the comments, because it seems you need very customized advice. Calibrating the sport, the academics, and the finances is a delicate business, and really depends a lot on her talents (academic and athletic) and your pocket book. I can tell you that more money is available out there for academic merit than athletic merit, even though this is not the assumption in sports-crazy America. My best recommendation, given the nature of your questions, is to have a telephone conversation. Feel free to give me a call.

  75. Hi,
    I am hoping to get some insight from someone who clearly knows the ropes better than this frustrated mom from MD.
    Here is the situation, my son was recruited to play high school ball and started every game all four years. Helping to take this unknown team to the championship twice during his tenure. Obviously a “big man on campus”, he is a very humble guy and was exstatic when he committed to a local D1 program. During out recruiting visit, we were told many “glowing” statements, most of which have not turned out to be true. They have now played eight games into their 2014 season and my 6’2″, left-handed, two way player has yet to step onto the diamond. He is just crushed and doesn’t understand why he can’t play. I have to add the current w/l record is 1-7!!!!. He is a tremendous hitter but not being used. There are four freshmen on this team, one was told straight up to red shirt, one was told he won’t play till next year, and one is a standout Bryce Harper caliber player. Keeping in mind we chose this school because he was told he would have playing time. Can you help me wrap my head around why they would be doing this. There is not an academic, attendance, practice or attitude problem at all. Is it a form of hazing? He is already beginning to feel defeated and not “good” enough. I am just sick thinking we worked so hard to get D1 and it may have been a huge mistake. 🙁
    Any insight would be appreciated so much!!!

  76. Dear Kelly,
    I don’t have many insights, except to say that this story is more common than you might imagine. Coaches have their own logic for their decisions, and when it comes to D1, coaches are unquestionably always right. At least in their own minds. All I can say is that the coach has his own reasons for not playing your son.
    The question then becomes what does your son want to do about it? Is he aiming for the major leagues? Or is he using his athletic ability to get himself the best education possible? If the latter, then he should take his skills to another school that appreciates him more–and that will offer him that outstanding education in return. I understand that your son is disappointed he cannot play. So what’s the end game? What’s the objective–other than playing time. I have helped several athletes in this situation, and I’d be happy to try to help your son make a move to a school that will help him reach ALL his goals. Let me know if I can be of service.

  77. My son is prospect soccer player for a few D I and D III schools. Over the last year, he has definitely become more interested in the D III schools because of the education program they have for his intended major . . . Question, since there is no National Letter of Intent for D III, how do you know that a D III coach wants you to apply so you can play for the school?

  78. We have a son who plays Div. III college baseball as a freshman. He is a pitcher only and has not thrown any Varsity innings to date. However, he has thrown several junior varsity games for the school. We have researched the NCAA websites and others to see if playing only on a JV squad will use up one of his 4 years of playing time at the college level. Do you know the answer for our question or can you direct us to where we might find out?
    Also, if he plays 4 years of Div. III college baseball but is a 5 year student, are there any circumstances that he is eligible to play another sport during his 5th year?
    Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

  79. Hi, George,
    Coaches will tell your son that they want him. Because D3 coaches are not subject to the all the same restrictions as D1 coaches, there can be a lot more back and forth communication earlier in the process. But realize that because there is no “contract,” the student and family has to be listen very careful to what the coach is saying: most kids hear what they want to hear. Usually this recruiting process works out fine and is very clear. However, I’ve seen some kids get burned by being “recruited” and therefore accepted to their preferred school, only to find upon arrival that they must try out for the team with all the dozens of other new recruits–and then be cut from the team after paying tuition, committing to this school, and losing out on recruitment offers at other schools. Again, usually there is plenty of clarity. But be careful. I work with a lot of students headed to D3 schools. Let me know if I can be helpful.

  80. Mr. Montgomery,
    Thank you so much for your input and advise. Our family is so new to this and we’re doing our best to steer our son in the right direction. If it gets “complicated” as we proceed, I definitely may contact you again. . . . thanks for leaving the door open

  81. Hi, Sammy.
    I’m not absolutely sure of the answer to your question. The NCAA rules are sometimes a bit different depending on the sport. I suggest you just contact the NCAA directly through their website or by phone. They are pretty great about answering questions of this type. Best regards,

  82. You’re very welcome. Glad you found the advice helpful. Best of luck!

  83. Hi, Im a junior currently play Soccer for Club and High school but my school team isn’t the greatest. I really would love to play D1 or D2 Soccer although i don’t think I’m at that level yet. Going into my senior year if i dont get any looks from schools what should i do upon applying to colleges ? I have a 3.5 GPa which should help me out a lot in terms of attracting good schools academically. A lot of advice would be gladly appreciated on both academic and Sport situations

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