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So I'm fairly familiar with the standard recruiting process, but not so much with Ivy/high academic D3 processes. I'm a D1 caliber soccer player, but academics come first for me. I've been heavily recruited by D1s with average academics and ended up deciding on MIT as my best choice. I visited Boston in September and was told by the MIT head coach there that I would definitely be an impact player my freshman year and that he would be pushing strongly for me in admissions.
33 ACT (35 E, 35 M, 34 R, 29 S)
4.0 UW GPA
Most Rigorous Course Schedule
Student Body President
3 years varsity basketball as well as a few other ECs
Interested in Engineering
I have a number of questions, so just answer any/all that you feel comfortable with.
1. Should I have backup plans for MIT? Or how likely is my admission considering I'm a top recruit? Does anybody know how much weight a coach's recommendation carries with MIT admissions?
2. While one of the attractive aspects of MIT for me was the laid back attitude of the team/coach and the focus on academics, I would still rather attend an Ivy/top 25 academic D1 for fear of settling athletically. I've been in correspondence with a few Ivy coaches and they want me to visit and play at their winter camps to get a further evaluation on me. Would I be able to get their help with admissions for RD, or would I be on my own?
3. The MIT coach has told me that he is meeting with admissions the second week of November and needs to know if MIT is my top choice by that point. I left it open by letting him know that at the moment it was my top choice, but that I don't have the backing of my parents yet because of financial issues/distance from home and that I'd get back to him. While those reasons are not true, I just need some time to evaluate my options. My dad says that I should make sure I'm on the list he gives to admissions, but then to pursue other options. How would it look if I told head coach that MIT was my #1 choice, I was accepted, and then decided to attend an Ivy?
I hope I was clear on everything. Please ask with any questions. Thanks.