When Do I Start Planning for College?
I get this question multiple times a day! If your son or daughter is a student athlete planning on playing college sports they have to follow a completely different timeline than a non-athlete student. I'm not even talking about just because of the strict rules of the recruiting process, I am talking about the academic side of things. For example, did you know that the ACT Test scores are used differently for student athletes? (I will write a whole other story on this later.) You should start planning for college no later than the end of your sophomore year.
5 Reason Why You Should Start Planning For College Your Sophomore Year or Prior...
1 One main reason is because as an athlete it is best to take the ACT for the first time at the end of your sophomore year. The ACT is one of the acceptable standardized tests the NCAA Clearing House uses to determine academic eligibility. When planning for college this is one phase of the game that is not negotiable. There are certain scores and a matching GPA that must be achieved.
2 The second reason is because if you are a medium to high level recruit you will start getting heavily recruited in your sophomore year.
3 It is becoming more and more common for athletes to graduate in December of their senior year so that they can enroll early into college and join the team early. This means that you have to start planning for college earlier to make sure you obtain all the necessary high school credits to do this.
4 Your sophomore year is probably your first year of varsity sports. For most student athletes this is when you will be noticed if you stand out. Start planning for college before this happens ideally.
5 Lastly, its never too early to start planning for college! This will give you time to find connections that can be helpful in this scary and time consuming process.