Is it easier to get into CMU for CS as an athlete? DS is a sophomore and plays soccer at a pretty competitive level. His grades are good but CS acceptance at CMU is very low, anyone been through the process that can share any info?
I do not know the specific answer to your question, but I would think it couldn’t hurt and could possibly help.
As I understand it generally, at the selective D3 schools, a coach’s preference for anapplicant will give that applicant an edge over an equally positioned applicant. At some schools, a coach might have a few reserved spots for the coach’s most desired (and academically qualified) players, but I don’t know if that extends to spots within particular majors.
If your son likes CMU and would like to play there, he should be sure to reach out to the coach early and often and sign up for CMU’s ID camp, if he hasn’t already. Best wishes!
I think of CMU as falling in the middle of the continuum, with MIT and Chicago on one end and the NESCACs on the other. The recruit should be on par academically with other admitted students. An example: a CMU coach told me that recruits should not avoid taking calculus, suggesting that calculus was essentially an admission requirement. I do know one athlete that was supported, but did not get in. With all that noted, it will be somewhat “easier” for a recruit - but remember how much work it is to be a recruit, so “easier,” who knows?
This is exactly right. I know someone this summer that did just that. Emailed the coach regularly in the Spring possibly even earlier, attended a summer ID and was offered a spot shortly after. Im assuming they did some sort of pre-read but the coach definitely had a say.
If you’re applying to a university like CMU which is made up of schools that you apply to separately, does athletic recruiting help you get into the specific school you want?
Can the coach get you into Drama, or CS (the two programs I know of where CMU has dramatically lower acceptance rates) or just into the university as a whole?
My observation has been that it might provide a small benefit for a player at a high level - e.g. high school varsity starter. But don’t expect much - especially in CS - as sports aren’t a big thing at CMU.
what kind of stats