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How important are extracurriculars (beyond sport) for recruited athlete at Ivies?

RecruitedSwimmerRecruitedSwimmer Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
Son is member of National Honor Society, Commended Merit Award recipient, member of academic clubs and has done volunteer work. Thanks.

Replies to: How important are extracurriculars (beyond sport) for recruited athlete at Ivies?

  • SevenDadSevenDad Registered User Posts: 4,347 Senior Member
    I am under the impression that admissions officers don't expect to recruitable/elite athletes to have TOO many ECs other than their sport...they understand the time commitment that pursuing a sport a a high level requires.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 42,214 Super Moderator
    I totally concur with the above two posters.
  • StartingblockStartingblock Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    Agree with above. For my son, ECs were never in the conversation during the recruiting process, including pre-reads. If ECs were important to getting an athlete accepted I think they would get some assessment before a slot/likely letter is offered.

    (my son did not have any particularly impressive ECs on his admissions app and he was accepted)
  • RecruitedSwimmerRecruitedSwimmer Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Thank you! Very helpful information.
  • dadof4kidsdadof4kids Registered User Posts: 534 Member
    I pushed S to be somewhat involved in other ECs both to make him a better citizen and well rounded human being. Also in case the sport fell through. Although he was not nearly as involved as his siblings.

    But I didn't list any of those activities on his resume, and to my knowledge he was never asked about other ECs by a coach. As far as they know (still) he goes to school and practice and that's it.
  • starwars1starwars1 Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    If you are good enough of an athlete to be offered a recruitment slot and fully supported by the Ivy coach, as long as the academics and test scores are solid, the ECs would not have any significant impact. However, the Ivy coach for our DS wanted us to give him a synopsis of all of his ECs, interests and leadership activities. He wanted this for writing his support letter to the admissions committee for the Likely Letter evaluation.
  • Emsmom1Emsmom1 Registered User Posts: 1,059 Senior Member
    My daughter had no real ECs other than a little volunteering and her sport. They didn't blink an eye.
  • RecruitedSwimmerRecruitedSwimmer Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    This is helpful - he is solid academically with 34 ACT, 790 on Math Subject Test and 4.2 GPA and he would have placed in top 20 at Ivy Championships, so hopefully, his stats show that he can handle the academics and a high level in his sport. I agree that with the sport commitment, it is difficult for these kids to extend themselves in numerous other areas, especially if they are trying to keep up their grades.
  • makemesmartmakemesmart Registered User Posts: 1,045 Senior Member
    @RecruitedSwimmer if his times are already enabling him to earn potential conference meet points, then he is in a great position. Good luck!
  • starwars1starwars1 Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    @RecruitedSwimmer If your son is verbally offered a recruitment slot by the coach, with his academic stats you posted, he should be on solid grounds, since his academic index is strong. I wouldn't worry about other ECs. However, if he doesn't have a definitive offer (albeit unofficial) from the coach, then his sport is just another strong EC and wouldn't the be same as being recruited.
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 12,746 Senior Member
    Family member was a recruited Princeton basketball player. She had minimal ECs beyond her basketball. She WAS asked to retake her SATs and to raise it by a minimum of 40 points.
  • RecruitedSwimmerRecruitedSwimmer Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Safe to say that without a coach's support, admissions would be a gamble. Hopeful that he has options of a coach's support when the time comes. I believe some of the coaches were perhaps sending over pre-read information to admissions and maybe wanted to add his ECs. Thanks.
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