How much advantage does being an athlete give an applicant?

<p>In my native Sweden I am a member of the U19 National team in soccer. I have good contact with the soccer coach at Harvard and he says that he is willing to support my application. Is this a big advantage?</p>

<p>if you consider automatic acceptance a big advantage, then yes, it is.</p>

<p>secure a likely letter and you're in.</p>

<p>A guy in my class got accepted to Harvard pretty much because he was an athlete. So, needless to say, a contact with a coach will get you in. Just be ready to play a sport along with the academic workload.</p>

if you consider automatic acceptance a big advantage, then yes, it is.


<p>Well done, good sir/lady.</p>

<p>Whats all that stuff about the academic index? Doesn't that have an effect on you being accepted for athletes?</p>

<p>Yes, if you're school team's one of the best. Two football players on the Varsity team got accepted into Stanford and Harvard 2 years.</p>

<p>In sweden we do not compete in varisity sports. Instead, we comepete with our club teams which also is common in the US. I play in a Professional club even though I do not receive any salary. My team is playing in the Swedish equivalent to MLS (major league soccer).</p>

<p>This is a very big advantage. You will still need to have a certain level of academic achievement to be admitted, of course.</p>

<p>My GPA is Okay (3.84) but unfortunately I am a lousy test taker.</p>

<p>Buddy you're in. The national team is no joke. Your GPA is stellar for an athlete.</p>

<p>do athletes tend to have lower gpa / test scores?</p>