note: This is somewhat of a repost, as i posted a similar thread in the university of pennsylvania section.
I am a high school junior and i am wondering whether athletes get any weight in the university of pennsylvania admissions. I am a varsity coxswain (rowing) and hope to row in college. Will i be given admissions preference if i apply ED? i am also a legacy (parent and grandparent). How much leeway do athletes get, if any? Do i need to be 'recruited' to gain such preferential treatment? Would being an athlete/legacy make up for a somewhat weak GPA (3.76 unweighted)? If i do not get officially put on the "list" will rowing still help me in admissions?
Further questions for anyone who might have some experience with college recruiting, or specifically penn rowing recruiting: what is the process like? is coxswain recruiting more/less competitive than rower recruitment? my team is based on the same river as the penn team is. will knowledge of the river as coxswain give me a leg up?