Preparing for College

College Admission Tips for Division III Athletes

Question: My daughter is a JV cross-country runner at a school with a very strong varsity team. In fact, her times would make her a solid 4th to 6th place finisher on many Division III college teams. Should I insist that she write to the coaches at all the colleges on her list and tell them about her hopes to be admitted and join their squad? Should she mention her academic achievements, too?

Not surprisingly, the candidates whom Div. III coaches typically push for the most are those they expect to be top performers but perhaps borderline “admits.” In other words, they won’t waste their clout with admission offices pushing hard for a top student they know will be accepted for sure, nor will they waste that clout on more mediocre athletes.

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