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Sports at Vassar

cats4ucats4u Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2013 in Vassar College
Any recruited athletes out there? Does it help in the admission process? What is the sports culture like at Vassar?
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  • chemusicchemusic Posts: 490Registered User Member
    Vassar students support their friends in athletics. They encourage them and attend the events. It is not a culture of the whole school going to the football game on Saturday (they don't have a football team) but a positive culture and attitude about Vassar and accepting/supporting whatever people are passionate about. That could be sports or theater or music , etc. One of my son's friend's decided to play a sport he had never played ever - (in his junior year at Vassar). So risk taking is encouraged also. If you are interested in playing a sport at Vassar, definitely contact the coaches so they know you are applying.
  • ReallyOkReallyOk Posts: 55Registered User Junior Member
    My daughter was recruited to play a sport at Vassar and is there now and loves it. The process was very low key. It involved meeting with the coach and providing information about academics and sports achievements followed by an informal discussion prior to the Early Admission deadline. At least in our experience, the sense was that a student would need to be in the ballpark from an academic standpoint to be seriously considered as for admission regardless of one's athletic prowess. If one were not in the ballpark academically for Vassar, there would be little hope. However, if one were in the running academically, then the athetic "hook" could help a lot because Vassar like all LACs wants a diverse student population that will keep its athletic programs vital and competitive. Hope this helps.
  • cats4ucats4u Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
    Thank you both. This is helpful. My daughter did an overnight with the track team and loved the team, the coach and the school. She's in the ballpark academically so we have our fingers crossed.
    ReallyOK - what sport does your daughter play?
  • morav3morav3 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    Our D was a heavily recruited athlete at Vassar and received her rejection notice yesterday. Weekly phone calls and emails from the coach since August, a pre-read on her grades and SAT scores with an early nod from admissions, team overnight visit, and great ECs, SAT scores, and GPA (higher than what I've seen posted in many other accepted posts) didn't help at all. The coach wasn't even aware she was being rejected until late yesterday. We have no idea what happened. To say we are stunned and devastated would be an understatement.
  • mjbnj12mjbnj12 Posts: 40Registered User Junior Member
    cats4u (cool name by the way) what was your daughter's stats? and was she accepted?
  • marsha131211marsha131211 Posts: 53Registered User Junior Member
    sometimes you just never know what and or why . Sounds very strange .
    I hope that your daughter will not stay devestatte d for too long but rather use this as a learning experience. It was not meant to be for whatever reason. Their loss.
    She sounds as if she will have many other choices . The others will offfer all and even more than Vassar.
  • morav3morav3 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    To the parent who private messaged me: I would be hesitant about any promises that Vassar coaches make about support during the admissions process. We found it not to be true, at least for the sport in which our D participated. We did find that coaches at the NESCAC schools were extremely supportive and helpful during the admissions process, our D got in where she applied. My gut feeling would be to go with a NESCAC school where the institutions themselves are more interested in athletics. In the end, things worked out very well for our D as she is participating in a DI sport at a major university and loving every minute of it! (I was unable to respond to your private message because I haven't made 15 posts in this forum...)
  • atidrepatidrep Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    Morav3, did your child apply ED? Both Vassar and Bates have offered my son "early reads" because of athletics, but have been clear this is about early decision application. He's well in the ball park academically--scores, grades, etc....and a top athlete. We had kind of been led to believe that we could count on what they said at early read IF he applied ED.
  • CrewDadCrewDad Posts: 741Registered User Member
    ^^
    Morav's daughter was a RD applicant. Per post #5, she received the rejection notice March 27th.
  • morav3morav3 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    My D applied RD to Vassar as she was recruited at multiple schools and was unwilling to make a decision so early in the game. And, we have come to realize, it is a game. She got an early read from Vassar from admissions as well and the coach put heavy pressure on her to apply ED. I am not aware if the coach made any promise about only being able to help during the ED process. However, she applied RD to a NESCAC school and was accepted. The coaches at that institution were extremely helpful during the RD process. My D is a high performing student and athlete. Vassar missed out when they rejected her. But as I mentioned before, she is very happy where she is. Although it was a heart breaker at the time, things seem to have worked out for the best!
  • atidrepatidrep Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    do you mind me asking where she eventually went?
  • CodyChesnuttCodyChesnutt Posts: 35Registered User Junior Member
    It is helpful to look at athlete recruitment from the coach's perspective. At one highly regarded LAC with which I am familiar, a coach can go to bat for a limited number of academically qualified, recruited student athletes with the admissions department and essentially secure a promise of an admission offer. The coach commits to the student athlete with an offer of admission, and in turn asks that the student reciprocate the commitment by applying ED. Personally, I feel this is reasonable, and I definitely understand why a coach would not want to waste his limited ability to sway decision making on an athlete who has applied to 10 schools and is noncommital.
  • ReallyOkReallyOk Posts: 55Registered User Junior Member
    I agree with CodyChesnutt. I will also say that coaches become less enthusiastic about athletes once they have filled their roster spots through the early decision process. I've had coaches at other schools tell me that very directly -- that there are a limited number of openings for Position X on a team and that after those openings are filled, then the recruitment process for that year is over. It's a bit like a game of musical chairs. I have one kid who is an athlete at Vassar and another who is an athlete at a NESCAC school and the recruiting processes were quite similar and being willing to go ED was key.
  • atidrepatidrep Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    Yup. The coaches were very clear with us. ED is what makes the difference. That's when they can fight for you. That's what the whole early read thing is all about. Now my son just needs to make a choice! Can anyone here talk about the sports life at Vassar? My son is being recruited by some top swimming school (and Vassar is the worst in the not-great Liberty League) but he is also a sensible, serious kid who would love to take a break from maniacal competition and explore other aspects of himself...and still swim. Hard decisions to make. Vassar really does seem like a special place.
  • nervedoctornervedoctor Posts: 446Registered User Member
    Yes recruited athletes must apply ED, preferably ED I. The coaches ask admissions to perform a pre-read and if given a green light the applicant would be admitted early decision, with no guarantees for regular decision.

    Although we only saw the pool and our son is a lacrosse player, the opportunity to study at a top academic school like Vassar and participate in his sport is definitely worthwhile. Compare his options and swimming programs with the NESCAC schools as Vassar has more in common academically with those schools rather than the other Liberty League schools.
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