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Best SEC Schools for Athletic Training?

hoosiergal19hoosiergal19 1 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
What are some of the best schools in the SEC for athletic training? I visited Georgia and really liked the southern vibe and the mix of strong academics and sports. I'm planning on applying to UGA, UTK, and UF but wanted to know if there were others out there I should be looking at.
Extra info: OOS for all, 30 ACT
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  • PublisherPublisher 7753 replies80 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    All SEC & Big 10 universities should offer great opportunities for those interested in athletic training. ACC & Pac as well.

    What is your state of residence ?

    An ACT score of 30 may not be enough for Florida & Georgia. Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, USouth Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M & every other SEC school should be considered as the SEC is very serious about athletics.
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  • hoosiergal19hoosiergal19 1 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I live in Indiana and I also have a few Big10 on my list :)
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  • Gator88NEGator88NE 6435 replies201 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Note that the University of Florida will accept its last undergraduate athletic training students in summer 2019, eliminating the bachelor’s program in athletic training.
    The UF Faculty Senate voted unanimously yesterday to terminate the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program. The Strategic Alliance, which is made up of four organizations in the athletic training profession, mandated that accredited programs no longer accept students in a bachelor’s-level program after fall 2022. Programs must either terminate their bachelor’s programs or transition to a master’s program, according to Patricia Tripp, the athletic training program director.
    https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/11/14/uf-to-eliminate-undergraduate-athletic-training-program-replaces-with-doctoral-only-path/

    Many other schools are also transitioning to a master’s program. A lot of good info in the above link.

    UF, outside of Vanderbilt, is the strongest, academically, of the SEC schools. It's College of Health and Human Performance (HHP) is excellent, but the programs within HHP are very competitive. Please do your research!

    UF isn't as southern as many of the SEC schools, it does have one of the top athletic departments in country and the best in the SEC. It doesn't offer much in OOS scholarships. A 30 ACT isn't an issue, but UF uses holistic admissions. They put more importance on GPA/course rigor, than test scores. and they put some importance on your ECs, etc. See the UF forum for more details.

    Good Luck!
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  • PublisherPublisher 7753 replies80 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 20
    OP please ignore my post above as I misunderstood your inquiry.

    @Gator88NE: Are admissions standards the same for both residents & non-residents at UF ?

    What percentage of undergraduate students at UF are non-residents ?

    Thank you in advance !
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  • PublisherPublisher 7753 replies80 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 20
    OP: I still maintain that your ACT score of 30 may be a problem for admission to the University of Florida as a non-resident applicant. The average ACT score in 2018 was 30. UF considers resident status as an admission factor. Only about 6% of the undergraduate population are non-residents.

    I know several non-residents with ACT scores higher than 30 who were denied admission to UF several years ago. Since that time, admission standards have increased at UF.

    P.S. From 2012 to 2017, it appears that UF increased non-resident enrollment by more than four (4%) percent. Nevertheless, UF only has about 6% non-residents.
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  • houndmomhoundmom 310 replies11 threadsRegistered User Member
    FWIW My D19 was accepted to both UF - Go Gators - and UGA (deferred EA, accepted RD) OOS with an ACT less than 30.

    Both colleges stressed GPA and rigor over scores during their Admission Presentations. Also, both have supplemental essays that I believe play a large part in their decision making.

    From my perspective, UF is very honest about "holistic" admissions. Kids with far higher scores from D's high school were rejected. I get the impression they are really looking for leaders (student body, team captain, etc) and real community involvement.
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  • Gator88NEGator88NE 6435 replies201 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 22
    @Publisher Looking at Fall 2018, 80% are in-state, 13% are OOS and 7% are international.
    https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=University+of+Florida&s=all&id=134130#enrolmt

    Admission standards are about the same for in-state and OOS students, they have about the same acceptance rates. For the first time, this year, UF is accepting the Common App. If that leads to a spike in the number of OOS applicants, the acceptance rate will drop.

    The main issue for OOS students, is usually cost. UF OOS tuition is $28K a year, and it doesn't give out much in the way of merit/need based aid to OOS students.
    edited August 22
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