College Variables to Consider When Selecting a College 

Creating a list of schools that your son or daughter is interested in requires research and can be very overwhelming. Each player should identify and create a list of their top 25 schools, a second group of 25 schools and so on.  To help with this process, your son or daughter will need to identify a school that most suits their needs.  Below is a list of areas to consider that will help you when creating your list of schools. Creating your list of schools and then contacting those coaches or academic admissions advisors is the first step in this process. 

Soccer Program

  • Level of Play
  • Team Success (Can I play for a losing program?)
  • Needs of the Program when I Graduate (Are there opportunities?  Will I play?)
  • Style of Play
  • Athletic Scholarship Requirements
  • Facilities
  • Academic Support for Athletes
  • Housing Options

Academic Programs 

  • Academic Admittance Requirements (High School GPA, SAT Score, ACT Score)
  • Academic Scholarship Requirements
  • Areas of Study / Degree Programs / Majors and Minors

School Sizes and Student to Teacher Ratios

  • Big School:  20,000 - 40,000+ Students = Bigger Class Sizes - 100+ Students per Teacher
  • Small School:  3,000 - 10,000 Students = Smaller Class Sizes - 25+ Students per Teacher

School Location

  • Rural or Urban Environment
  • Weather
  • Things to Do
  • Commuter School (Many students leave for home on the weekend) OR School where most students stay through the weekends
  • Geographic Diversity of the Student Population  

School Costs

  • Private or Public Institution
  • In-State or Out-of-State Tuition
  • Room and Board (On Campus vs. Off Campus)
  • Books and Class Fees
  • Academic Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships
  • Financial Aid or Institutional Aid
  • Travel Expenses
  • Spending & Emergency Money