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Get Started With the College Search


Start by having con­ver­sa­tions with your support system. Your family, coaches, personal recruiter and even some former teammates who have been through the process.

Your high school has partnered with Next Level Recruiting to help you navigate creating a list of schools or using online resources to start the college search. Be sure to schedule time with your recruiter (Earl Prince 210-488-3287 /

From here, begin to make a list of schools that peak your interest both aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly and ath­let­i­cal­ly. Be realistic about how you’re looking at schools based on your academic performance and athletic abilities, not everyone is going to go play D1 or attend an Ivy League school and that’s okay! And don’t worry about following the same path as your teammates and peers, your recruiting journey is your own! 

Your college list should consist of 10 – 15 schools that are a good mix of DI, DII, DIII and NAIA:

  • 3 – 5 Safety schools — you’re almost certain you’ll get accepted into these schools.

  • 5 – 7 Target schools — the most realistic schools based on your academic stats.

  • 3 – 5 Reach schools — a few stretch schools that may be more of a challenge to get into based on your GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Most importantly, start early. Giving yourself extra time to search online and visit schools in person will help you not feel rushed to apply and make a decision in time for signing day or other important deadlines.



Choosing a college that’s the right fit for you is likely one of your most important decisions so far. That’s why it’s worth the time to search for colleges, look into their sports programs, check out financial aid options, research what academic majors are offered and make sure you have all the academic require­ments taken care of.

Though it may seem over­whelm­ing, and there may be plenty of colleges that don’t seem like the right fit, you will always have options.

Here are some questions to ask yourself throughout the process:

  • Does the school offer my major?

  • Would I be proud to represent that school as a student athlete?

  • Is this a smart financial decision?

  • Is this school looking for a student athlete in my position?

  • Am I willing to travel or do I want to stay close to home?

  • Can I see myself living here for 4+ years?

  • Would I be happy here if I didn’t play a sport?

  • Is it the right size? Will I be able to find my community?

Questions to Ask a College Coach



  • What are the admission requirements?

  • What’s the timeline for admission (early decision, regular, etc.)?

  • What sort of academic resources does the school have for student athletes?

  • What sort of academic require­ments are there for student athletes?

  • Questions about programs/​degrees of interest


  • What’s tuition? Is it different for in-state students?

  • Is there financial aid available?

  • Are there academic schol­ar­ships available?

  • Are there athletic schol­ar­ships available?


  • What’s the culture of the team?

  • What’s the team’s typical schedule?

  • What is the team looking for?

  • Where could I be an asset to the team?

Student Life

  • What sort of housing do they have?

  • What sort of dining do they have?

  • What sort of clubs/​communities do they have?

  • What’s the culture of the school?

  • Do they have resources for mental health, medical needs, etc.?

  • What sort of events are hosted for students?


Questions to Anticipate from College Coaches

  • Why do you think you’d be a good fit for this program?

  • What sort of player are you (team player, leader, etc.)?

  • Are all your academics in order?

  • What are your goals?

  • What sort of work have you put in on your own?

  • Questions around position/​role on team