Admissions Process - USA Athletics Scholarships

Admissions Process

A coach may offer you a full scholarship to which you decide to accept. However, all of this is irrelevant if you don’t get accepted onto a course of study. It is therefore clear that there is more to the recruiting process than just the athletics, and if you underestimate or overlook the academic element then your options could become very limited.

Just like in the UK, admission requirements in the US will vary amongst different universities. There is no point applying to schools in the Ivy League if you are expecting straight Cs or Ds in your A-levels. The difficulty and work required towards your degree will be reflected in the general reputation and standing of the university. Search university rankings lists just as you would athletics results to find out more about academic reputations.

Whatever the specific details of admissions are, it is in the coaches’ interests to fully explain them to you. Failure to do this means that they are basically wasting their time recruiting as you won’t be admitted.

The Standardized tests

As well as A-levels or degree results, most American universities will require the taking of one of the standardized multiple choice tests as part of the admissions process. Undergraduates will be typically be required to take the SAT test, whilst post-graduates will take a slightly more subject specific test such as the GRE, GMAT, MCAT.

These tests are expensive to take and can be very stressful. It is worth preparing for them just like you would for GCSEs or A-Levels. There are plenty of study guides available and we strongly recommend you invest in one. From personal experience, it can be a nightmare if you fail these tests and it will certainly make both yours and the coach’s life easier if you hit the required score first time out. There  is usually a limit on the number of times you can take such these tests within a certain time period, so make sure you take this into consideration when planning when to take it.

Transcripts / References

Almost all schools would require you to send them a copy of your academic transcripts. By this we mean copies of A-Level or degree results documents. You may also be required to provide academic references, and these can usually be obtained from your current school or university.

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