As an athlete, it is important that you take a few minutes at the beginning of your recruiting journey to identify factors that are priorities for you in the University you end up attending. Think about academic, geographic and athletic factors while you are doing this brainstorming. The results of this brainstorm should give you a list of criteria that can help you narrow down the options and chose your list of target schools.
Often athletes get influenced by schools that approach them, or recruit them as a result of an event that they attended. In the excitement it is easy to lose sight of what is actually important at the end of the day. Each time you are contacted by a school not on your initial list, review it against these criteria.
The transition to university can be difficult, overwhelming and NEW! For the first time you will be on your own, living by yourself, getting your own meals, buying your own groceries, and doing your own laundry all on top of classes, homework, projects, and a full time athletic career! Because of this, It is important that the school you land at is a good fit for you.
Visit our downloads page for access to a priorities worksheet that will prompt you to start thinking about what factors are important to you now, and what you need in order to be happy and confident when you transition from high school student to independent college athlete.