<p>Does anyone knows how much being an athlete helps in admissions? Smith's teams don't seem as competitive as the other div 3 programs like those in nescac so does that mean recruiting isn't as big and doesn't make much of a difference?</p>

<p>Smith is part of the NEWMAC conference and I think we're pretty competitive within that. Not being an athlete I have no idea how that stacks up releative to other conferences. I don't think being an athlete will overcome other weaknesses in your application, so if the grades aren't there, the athlete status isn't going to make up for that. But if you're academically strong and you're a good sports talent, you can definitely get recruited and it will give you an edge in the admissions process. </p>

<p>I don't know if that really answers your question though, do you have some more specific concerns on your mind?</p>

<p>i was just wondering if a large portion of recruited athletes get accepted? i hear the nescac schools have a tip system where tips can basically get into the school and coaches have quite a lot of say in the process, while in some other schools coaches don't have much influence.</p>

<p>Ah, well on that I don't have any information, I have no idea how much influence a coach has at Smith. Like I said, I doubt being a recruited athlete would be enough to overcome deficiencies in your academic stats, but I don't know how much say coaches have.</p>