My rising senior son has been working toward the goal of becoming a college athlete for 8 years. It’s now within sight, but there is a lot of uncertainty since his sport is one of the ones that’s been cut by a small number of colleges.
He has made a verbal commitment to one small private college, but we feel he should hedge his bets since so much is up in the air. So we want him to apply to some other colleges where coaches have expressed interest in him. Only for these colleges, he will apply just like any other student – not with the coach’s recommendation since he is committed elsewhere and would only go there if his current choice closes its program early next year.
My question is about how important it is for college applicants to have at least four courses in their junior and senior years? My son is one class (English) away from having enough credits to graduate already. He’s thinking of just taking this course and maybe physics, online, his senior year. But now I’m worried that he won’t have enough classes to meet some college’s criteria and it might be more difficult to get academic recommendation letters. Also, in his junior year he took only 3 H.S. classes, including AP Calculus, and one semester of Spanish dual enrollment college course.
We had encouraged him to front-load on high school credits while he was in middle school because we knew he’d need more time to focus on his sport in high school.
Does anyone have any idea how badly a light load his senior year might impact his admissions’ chances to private colleges (a few elite ones and some safeties). He does have a 1360 SAT and a 4.0 unweighted GPA with around 4.8 unweighted.