Here at LM, we have a longheld tradition of athletic excellence—*cough cough*, Kobe, *cough cough*. Because of this, many of our student-athletes are recruited by colleges. While athletes still must go through the conventional college application process, it is slightly different. For one, athletes are often encouraged to apply early, and their admissions may be processed earlier. Additionally, they’re often pulled from an athlete specific pool. For certain schools, athletic scholarships can be informally offered before or during the application process. While only certain Division I and II schools can offer athletic scholarships, many others offer merit and academic scholarships for which  student-athletes may be eligible. The college process for student-athletes is more complicated and much more interesting than it appears.


Eva Nates- Stanford University

Do you consider yourself a student or an athlete first?

A student–especially with regard to the recruiting process. I look at the classes, class sizes, and the programs schools offer before anything.

What prompted you to want to play in college?

I really enjoy the sport, I like the water, and I like being outside. I also enjoy meeting new people and being a part of a team.

How were you initially approached for the recruiting process?

With rowing, coaches can’t reach out to potential athletes until July 1 before senior year. I began reaching out to coaches via email during junior year. 

Do you think you’ve been given a leg up in the admissions process?

Yes.


Deion Davis- Undecided

Do you consider yourself a student or an athlete first?

I consider myself a student first, because without being a studious person you won’t be able to go far in your athletic career.

What prompted you to want to play in college?

My older brother plays at Penn State, and I love the atmosphere. I also intend to work my hardest in college and try to play professionally.

How were you initially approached?

Temple first reached out to me in tenth grade, and that’s when I started getting more offers. I first didn’t know how the process worked, and it was kind of confusing. I now understand more of how it works. 

Do you think you’ve been given a leg up in the admissions process?

Yeah, for sure. One college told me they would take me without any SAT or GPA.


Leona Fisher- University of Rochester

Do you consider yourself a student or an athlete first?

I would consider myself a scholar athlete, and give equal priority to both, especially because I am playing D3.

What prompted you to want to play in college?

My sister played, and she won All-American. I want to be better. I love it, and couldn’t imagine my senior year being my last year playing.

How were you initially approached?

I went to tournaments in Florida in January of last year, and coaches saw me and emailed me.

Do you think you’ve been given a leg up in the admissions process?

Yes, but I was still expected to be fully qualified because I do not sign a National Letter of Intent like Division 1.