Add Admissions pre-read "Yes Likely" on CommonApp for Regular Decision?

My son received a “Yes Likely” from an elite D3 college Admissions pre-read for his sport this past summer.
Don’t know if that Yes would be only if Coach threw in his support and/or if son applied Early Decision.

Well, son decided not to apply Early Decision (chasing merit) and the Coach has been MIA, not responding to any emails.
Son is now applying Regular Decision without Coach’s support (support only applies to ED).

==>> Should he mention on the CommonApp “Additional Information” to remind that college that he did get a Yes from Admissions pre-read?
How would he word it?

Practically 0 student from our High School has been accepted to this college (perhaps 3 in the last 20years according to Naviance).

Do you know of any other athlete who went through something similar to this?

Generally, yes. In the absence of ED, and the accompanying Likely Letter, plus the coach ghosting, leads me to think the coach gave that slot to someone else.


The Admissions Office will know he passed the preread, and unfortunately for the preread to “mean” anything re admissions your son would have to have the coach’s support, and also unfortunately the coach ghosting your son especially at this point isn’t a good sign (in terms of coach support).

Personally, I think less of coaches that ghost, they are dealing with 17 year olds, and ghosting, honestly, is never the best course for anyone! While painful at the time, I so much more respect coaches that send that one sentence email letting the recruit know the spot is taken.

Having said all that – this is to do with coach support, and not to do with your son’s general chances of admission which may be excellent!


Agree with the above. Does your S still want to attend the school if he can’t play his sport? If so, he should apply. If he wants to play his sport that sounds like it will be trickier…until he hears from the coach he won’t know if he could walk on the team, or if the coach might offer soft support in RD, or if there is not a spot for him at all.

I agree with cinnamon that admissions will know about the pre-read.

Good luck.


Sorry, forgot to add:
my son is ok with not doing his sport at this college.

He fully understands that he lost his spot on the team.

Just wondering if the Admissions Yes pre-read will help his Regular Decision application at all at this very low acceptance rate college.
He really likes this college.

Thank you.

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This summer we attended the zoom meeting for the prospective student athletes’ admission process, hosted by the head of the athletic department of this particular D3 school. He stressed out students to apply ED. He talked about this girl who would have gotten accepted if she applied ED with his support, but she decided to apply RD, and she was not accepted.

It’s a gamble.

Your kid may get in by RD, but it’s less guaranteed.


That was predicated on the coach’s support añd applying RD. Absent that, it really means nothing. He may still be admitted RD as a non-recruit, but the pre-read will give no advantage at this juncture.

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I agree with those saying don’t mention it. Pre-reads are really only relevant in the context of coach support. Since your son doesn’t have that, it’s not worth mentioning (and I agree they’ll already know about it).

Sorry to hear about the ghosting. Very common, unfortunately. Your son could consider letting the coach know he’ll be applying RD and asking if there might be a spot on the team should he get accepted.


We have a similar experience. This coach stopped responding. Later we found out that he left the school, and accepted a position in another school. It was very unprofessional. Along the way they lost the pre-read forms from all students and no one contacted us. Poor interim head coach had no idea, and he inherited this mess. This interim one was not very professional. Not responsive. We weren’t very happy, and decided not apply to this school.

Our high school coach said if the college coach treats the prospective applicants like this, imagine how he will treat you if you go there. He is right.

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Thank you so very much for all your input.

The athletic recruiting world is completely foreign to my own experience.

We’ll just “buy the lottery ticket” and put it up to chance.
Yes, he’ll email the Coach to let him know that son submitted RD application.


My D had a conversation with a head coach at a <20% school and the coach also stressed that if she really like this school and potential support from the coach, she must apply ED. Also,
suggested that being financial “squared away” would be a very good thing, too. Otherwise, she can go through the front door.


He can still apply ED2. If your son passed the pre-read, admissions should still keep the record. I think you can call coach again. You may also want to talk to the FA office about your financial situation if you want to. Financial aid is supported by the FA office, and merit is offered by the Admissions office. They have two different funds. Most schools say applying ED will not affect the merit amount.

I did not realize that ghosting is very common until I experienced it. Some coaches leave schools in the middle of the recruiting process, and never say anything and disappear. There are so many of them during our journey. I guess coaches move around very frequently. My son just applied ED to this college. We were talking to two coaches there. One of them recently disappeared, and she stopped responding my son’s email. It turned out she left for another school. Luckily another coach was still in touch with my son, so it did not affect my son.

Hi @huango , just wanted to see what happened in your case. We have a similar story for my son 22 , soccer player, we are applying REA to increase the chances. Would like to hear what happened in your scenario, did your child get admitted, did he get any scholarships ?did your child try to walk on for that sport to see if he gets an opportunity to play ?

My DS2022’s dream came true:
he was admitted to his top college
(which is why he couldn’t apply ED to the D3 college, because ED would mean he would have to give up his dream if he was accepted to both).

Son was rejected from D3 in RD admissions, without the coach’s support.
No one from his High School was accepted to the D3 college.

His sport is club level at his college,
and he’s SOOOO thankful that he is not “forced” to commit to his sport at that intense D3 level.
Club level is perfect for his academic load.

Good luck.

Just a note: REA means your child can’t apply to any private colleges for EA.


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