Evaluating a College Program - Social
Wednesday, November 21, 2012  |  In Recruiting Tips

College coaches spend plenty of time evaluating high school prospects from around the country. They spend hundreds of hours travelling the world, watching video and talking with coaches in hopes of making an informed decision in their recruiting process. These decisions are crucial for the future success of their program. 

The same can be said for your college decision. You and your parents need to spend plenty of time discussing your future college destination and as the early signing period closes this week, we wanted to take a look at some of the factors you should consider when it comes to making your decision in the next few months.

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  • Make sure that you are comfortable with the location of your potential collegiate destination. Determine how important the proximity to your home is, how easy or difficult it is for you to travel home, is it important for your friends and family to be able to see you play. Many questions can arise when it comes to evaluating location.
  • You will spend countless hours on the court, in the weightroom and with your teammates over your 4 years at college. It is important to have an enjoyable social experience during the small amounts of free time that your have. Make sure you are comfortable with the general student population and that you can develop friendships with your fellow students. Determine if the social life and what the college has to offer will give you an opportunity to make the most of your college experience when you are off the court and outside of the classroom.
  • Make sure the size of the school is comfortable for your development. Many kids are looking for small class sizes and a relatively small college community, while other want the experience of a large university setting. Each has its benefits, so make sure to get a feel for this factor while on your college visits.
  • Finally, the school setting can play a major factor in your enjoyment and success at the college level. Whether your are looking for a rural, suburban or urban setting make sure you get a feel for the campus and the surrounding areas to ensure that a particular college or university has what you are looking for. There are obviously big differences between an urban campus such as NYU or a  college town such as Penn State. Be sure to evaluate the pros and cons of each for your situation.
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