How playing sports can help with college admissions

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How playing sports can help with college admissions

Okay, student athlete admission to the Ivy Leagues and the selective Division III schools is a great thing, because those schools are so sought after and so hard to get admitted to. And student athletes get a tremendous break at admissions if they choose to go to those schools. And the academic credentials that schools like Harvard and Princeton and Elmhurst require of their students are enormously high – the bar is set so high for students that want to go to those schools. So the athletes get a break, because they don’t have to be quite at that level. But close to it, but certainly not quite at that level. At the other schools in this country that are not in that… the Ivy League or Division III, the credentials are lower. The student athletes certainly have to meet the basic NCAA eligibility requirements, which really aren’t that tough – that would never fly at the Ivy League, the Ivy League is looking for students that are strong, their academics come first. But they still get a break, which is great for those kids, because they’re getting a great education, they’re getting admitted to those schools without having to have quite the honors, academics and SAT scores that the regular students are required to have.

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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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