My son goes to a top prep school and is the captain of his football team. He is interested in becoming an engineer and has been focusing his college search to D3 schools in the Northeast that have football programs.
He has been speaking to coaches and trimmed his list down to a few schools that he is focused on applying early decision 2 to.
In his last conversation, with his top choice school, the coach asked him if he'd consider applying as a liberal arts major rather than an engineering major. The coaches thinking on this is that it would be easier for him to get accepted as a liberal arts major and the coach doesn't want to risk using his "chips" on a situation that isn't more of a sure thing. Their feeling is he can work to get into the engineering program after he is accepted.
My son has other good schools that aren't asking for him to do this kind of thing, but this was his top choice.
My question is whether he should apply to his top choice as a liberal arts major and then fight to get into the engineering department after he gets in, or if this raises some red flags that he will regret later.