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Does being an athlete help your chances of getting into college? January 19, 2010

Filed under: News — Varsity Mentoring @ 5:54 pm

Submitted by HS Counselor Week

A recent Associated Press study looked into college admissions and athletes. They concluded that at least 120 schools in the NCAA’s college football top tier shows that athletes enjoy a much better chance of having admission requirements bent on their behalf.

The review found that in 27 of those schools, student athletes had a 10% advantage over others. Student athletes fall into a “special admittance” group: they are students who may not necessarily meet the admission criteria, but have other talents. The big schools (especially, Alabama) defend the practice of special admits as a chance to get a kid into college who might not otherwise have a chance.

It sounds noble, but it’s a zero sum game: for every special admit that gets in, another [qualified student?] is left out. It could be construed as a bit self serving Other schools go on to defend the program of special admits saying it doesn’t matter if the student is an athlete or a musician.

If that student has a unique talent, they should be given preference because that special talent enriches the school. To be fair, not all the top schools in the report showed signs of preferences given to athletes.

The NCAA itself has very little to say on who gets in. They are mostly concerned with students doing well once they’re enrolled in school. So, as one might expect, a lot of these “special admits” need a lot of remedial course work.

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One Response to “Does being an athlete help your chances of getting into college?”

  1. […] expect college programs to find you at your high school because you happen to be a good player. It takes a lot more than being a good player to be found by […]


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