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College Application Hacks for Student Athletes

By T1EHL Staff, 10/14/19, 11:45AM CDT

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The college application process is an exciting time in a student’s life. While doing so can also be stressful, it gets more complicated once you add in sports. Not only do you have to qualify for your school of choice academically, but athletically as well. Next College Student Athlete shares a few hacks to make your college application process smoother.

YOUR GRADES COME BEFORE YOUR ATHLETIC SKILLS

Most student-athletes who are hoping to get recruited and compete for a college roster spot are focused on improving their athletic skills to grab a coach’s attention. But before you can think about becoming a student athlete, it’s important to focus on your academics, because if you can’t get into the school based on your academic merits, your athletic background will not help you much.

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR ADMISSION ESSAY

College admission essays are far different from the type of papers you’ve been writing in school. This is the time to get creative in telling the story of who you are and why a school should accept you. Aside from your merits, creativity can make your admission essay stand out amidst the hundreds of papers admission officers read every day.

APPLYING EARLY CAN BOOST YOUR CHANCES

Some admission experts argue that applying early during the early action period boosts your chances of getting in at certain schools. Some always say that this is a result of stronger candidates applying early, but College Vine argues that “data shows that applicants across the board have a higher chance of gaining acceptance when they apply through early decision, even when differences in candidate strength are accounted for.”

USE THE COMMON APPLICATION TO SAVE TIME

Currently, 872 colleges use the Common Application and it can help you save a lot of time throughout the process. You can fill out general information like GPA and your extracurriculars one time versus each time you apply. And the best part about the Common Application: it’s free!

This article originally appeared on Next College Student Athlete. You can read the full story here: https://community.sportsengine.com/news_article/show/1055826