Do College Athletes Have an Advantage in College Admissions?

If you are a superstar athlete (other wise known as a “blue chip recruit”), you can pretty much write your ticket to any college in America, no matter how well you do in high school.

But that does not mean that you will graduate from that college.

If you’re uncertain as to whether I’m blowing smoke, have a look at this article from NCAA division I colleges are happy to take great athletes to build their teams.  But if the player cannot build his mind, the universities don’t get too bent out of shape about it.

Should they?

Mark Montgomery

College Counselor to Athletes

Published by Mark Montgomery

Mark is a leading educational consultant. His experience as a professor, college administrator, and youth mentor help him guide students from around the country and around the world.

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  1. Dear Mark,
    I’m a high school student and currently working on my junior research paper. I’m trying to uncover what unfair advantages student athletes get over non-athletes. Your question about “Do College Athletes Have an Advantage in College Admissions?” is very similar to the topic I’m researching. I’d greatly appreciate it if you had any scholarly information that could help me or if I could keep in contact with you to discuss this topic. Please feel free to contact me at

    Alexis Hopper

  2. Hi, Alexis,

    I’m happy to be in touch. I don’t have time to do the research for you, and I don’t have a file of academic articles handy. Talk to your school librarian for how to do such a search. Your public library will also help. You have to get off of Google and into the academic databases. Libraries will have that access.

    Good luck with the paper!

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