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Cal South E-News | June 2010 COLLEGE PLANNING

June 18, 2010


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The Perks of Going to a Small School

It is easy to brush off an email or a phone call from a school of which you've never heard. Most student-athletes would be excited to hear from a school like UCLA or Stanford, but what about all of the other schools out there? Do not discard a college or university simply because you have never heard of them.

Did you know that 66% of schools throughout the United States have an enrollment or 2,500 students or less? If you do your homework you will quickly learn that there are a lot of great colleges that you likely have never heard of before. NESCAC schools (New England Small College Athletic Conference), for example, are some of the top academic schools in the country and the majority of them have fewer than 2,500 students enrolled. Would you really not consider going to a top academic school simply because of its size?

Division III schools tend to be among the smaller schools and as a whole, are some of the highest academic schools in the country. Many student-athletes miss out on opportunities because they fail to recognize the largest division of collegiate opportunities.

There are a lot of benefits to attending a smaller school. Academics are typically of the utmost importance at smaller schools. You will have an opportunity to really get to know your professors and receive help when needed because you will have smaller class sizes. You will also be closer with your classmates because you aren't just another number on campus; you will be a familiar face amongst other familiar faces. Your relationships will be stronger with not only your teammates, but with everyone on campus, something that can prove to be very beneficial later in life.

In terms of athletics, you have a greater chance of making an early impact on a team if you attend a small school. There are also more opportunities for multi-sport athletes who wish to play more than one sport in college. Being a multi-sport athlete is oftentimes at the discretion of the coaches, but there is typically more room to play multiple sports at a smaller school.

Just because a school is small and unfamiliar doesn't mean you should rule it out immediately. Consider all schools that contact you and visit both big and small colleges and universities to see what will be a better for you. Everyone has a different preference when it comes to choosing a school and your final decision must be based on what you want and what will be best for you.

About NCSA :
NCSA, the "Official Scouting Organization and Provider of Recruiting Education" for Cal South, is the premier source for matching high school student-athletes with colleges and universities across the country. For more information about the NCSA, visit. www.ncsasports.org .