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Cal South E-News | August 2011 COLLEGE PLANNING

August 22, 2011

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When to Apply to a School

With the fall right around the corner, seniors are in full swing thinking about their college applications. At NCSA, we are frequently asked, "When should I apply to a school of interest?" The answer to this question can vary depending on the situation, but there are a few things that should be considered before you apply. College applications take time and they cost money. Don't fill them out without covering all your bases.

1) Have you fully researched the school? You need to feel comfortable with the school as a whole, not just the soccer team. Do you meet their admissions requirements? Are there things to get involved in outside of soccer and academics?
2) Have you visited the school? Getting on campus and seeing the school with your own eyes, is an extremely important part of the process. It is best to visit a school before you complete an application and it is vital to do before you make your final decision.
3) Have you had contact with the coaching staff? If not, you should not apply to the school. If you are set on competing in college, you need to know that the coach has interest in you. This should be determined before you fill out an application.
4) Can your family afford the school? How much financial help would be necessary in order for you to be able to attend that school? Going to college is expensive and scholarships are becoming more and more difficult to come by. Think about the financial end before applying.

If you would go to a school with or without soccer, then feel free to apply, but if you want to compete at a school, you should take all of these questions into consideration prior to applying.


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