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Athletic Recruitment

Providing Exceptional Athletic Recruitment and Admissions Counseling

Our expert admissions consultants are here to help your child between grades 8 through 12 and at any stage of the college planning, preparation, athletic recruitment, and application process. For the vast majority of students, we recognize that academics and athletics are equally important in the athletic recruiting process and apply equal emphasis to both.

We serve student-athletes and families throughout New Jersey, the United States, and globally via phone, e-mail, and video conference. To provide the most personalized service, we are available to accommodate your schedule including evenings and weekends. We work to keep your child organized and on schedule to achieve your academic, athletic, and personal goals.

We identify colleges where you have the potential to be a recruited athlete and align with you academically while working with you to assemble your recruitment package that includes an academic and athletic resume, recruitment video, letters of interest, and recruiting questionnaires. We provide guidance on how best to contact coaches to generate and maintain interest.

We also provide guidance on NCAA recruiting rules and regulations and what coaches typically look for in athletic prospects. We prepare you for interviews with college coaches as well as navigating the NCAA Eligibility Center process.

 

How will Princeton College Consulting help?

1-on-1 Dedicated Relationship with Counselor

One counselor works with you through all relevant aspects of the admissions process (with support from the PCC team). We meet around your schedule, after school, in the evening, or on weekends.

Student Profile Review
After an initial understanding of your goals, we review your transcripts, standardized test scores, extracurricular resume and personal history. We teach you how selective colleges are going to evaluate your application then establish your current and potential College Admissions Index™.
College List Development

Building a college list when athletic recruiting is part of the equation is both a function of determining those colleges that will be a strong fit academically/ culturally as well as athletically. In building your list, we specifically identify colleges where you will be most likely to thrive academically but also have the potential to be a recruited athlete.

Athletic Recruiting Guidance

As is the case with the college admissions process, navigating the athletic recruiting process has a number of different moving parts. We will work with you to assemble your recruiting package including navigation through the completion of an academic and athletic resume, recruitment video, letters of interest, athletic interview preparation and recruiting questionnaires.

We will also provide guidance on navigating NCAA regulations, what coaches look for beyond athletic ability, and how and when to contact prospective coaches so that you will be on their radar screens and stay there.

Athletic Recruiting Video Guidance

Creating a compelling recruiting video can often make or break a student-athletes prospects for recruitment. Because college coaches don’t have the time to travel to see most athletes perform in person, videos create an opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills and abilities to coaches. A well done highlight or skills based video is one of the most important tools that you can use to gain the attention of college coaches.

We will navigate you through all of the steps necessary so that you can create a video that will highlight your abilities.

Communicating With Coaches

College coaches not only want to recruit athletes who can compete well for their programs, but also student athletes who will fit in well and be a positive contributing member of the team both on and off the field. For this reason, athletic recruiting candidates need to be in touch with coaches on a semi-regular basis.

We will navigate you through how, when and what to communicate with coaches so that you are staying on their radar screens throughout the recruiting process. Student athletes who master this process are the ones who have the best options in the end.

NCAA Eligibility Center Guidance

If you are pursuing athletic recruitment at the Division I or II levels we will navigate you through all facets of the academic and athletic eligibility and recruiting requirements.

Athletic Interview Preparation

The best interviews feel like an enjoyable conversation. To prepare for successful interviews with coaches, we provide guidance on the types of questions to expect, how to formulate answers that will address the characteristics college coaches are looking for in their recruits, and guided practice over time to gain confidence and calm any nerves you may have. We get you ready to be a successful interviewee.

Camps & Showcases

As part of your preparation for the recruiting process, we will make recommendations for camps, showcases & tournaments to participate in so that you will be in a position to be identified by coaches.

Genius Zone Strategy

There are 2 types of college applicants. Those that pursue an integrated strategy and those that do not. Students that stand out develop an overarching story that is as easily understood as it is compelling. Your “Genius Zone” gets expressed as a sentence that can be both a desired reputation in an admissions office AND a North Star for making decisions throughout high school. We help you develop and refine your strategy.

Curriculum Planning

Based on your interests, goals, performance school offerings and overall strategy, we help make the most advantageous course selections.

Standardized Testing Diagnostic and Plan

We provide a calibrated SAT / ACT Diagnostic and make custom recommendations on what tests to take, when to take them, and how to best prepare for them. Guidance on score reporting options, as appropriate.

College Visit Guidance

We provide guidance on which colleges to visit, the best time to go, specific activities to accomplish on campus, and how to evaluate the overall experience. We also provide guidance on how to “demonstrate interest” through email and other digital interactions.

College Major / Career Exploration

We provide a best-in-class assessment to identify potential areas of study and career paths that are a strong match for your interests and aptitudes. We then introduce you to key articles, videos, books and networking opportunities to deepen thinking of what’s possible. We guide you toward your “5 Whys” for exploring areas further and how you will do it.

Extracurricular / Summer Enrichment Guidance

We provide guidance on pursuing an integrated combination of activities (school clubs, pre-college programs, independent reading and research, special projects, competitions, volunteer/service opportunities, internships and paid work, athletics etc.) and how to make your experiences distinct and most impactful.

Resume / Activity Sheet Guidance

How an extracurricular resume is presented can be as important as the activities and accomplishments it lists. We advise what activities and honors to include and how to creatively articulate their significance on a resume or the “Activity Sheet” portion of your application.

Personal Statement and Supplemental Essays

Application essays are the most labor intensive part of completing college applications. They also provide the greatest opportunity for students to directly highlight aspects of their character, perspective, intellectual interests and writing ability.

In addition to your personal statement, most selective colleges require their own supplemental essay(s). We help you develop, revise and edit compelling essays (10 selective colleges may require ≈ 20-30 essays).

Letters of Recommendation Guidance

Obtaining compelling letters requires understanding and demonstrating the skills / behaviors being evaluated, strategic selection of recommenders, and submitting well developed request materials ("brag sheets"). We navigate students through a purposeful and intentional process to obtain the strongest letters possible.

Admissions Interview Preparation

To prepare for successful on-campus or alumni interviews, we provide guidance on the types of questions to expect, how to formulate answers that strategically compliment other aspects of your application, and guided practice over time to gain confidence and calm any nerves you may have. We get you ready to be a successful interviewee.

Application Completion Guidance & Review

Multiple college application systems and a variety of high school policies can make the completion and submission of applications complex. We keep students organized and on schedule with a customized college planning calendar where we set target dates for completion of application requirements.

We provide guidance through the submission of applications including nal review and proofreading to ensure everything has been entered correctly.

Looking to Play Sports in College?

Identify Colleges

We identify colleges where you have the potential to be a recruited athlete (VIP) and work with you to assemble a recruitment package and strategy to get you onto a coaches radar and keep you there.

Athletic Guidance

We identify colleges where you have the potential to be a recruited athlete and work with you to assemble your recruitment package that includes an academic and athletic resume, recruitment video, letters of interest, and recruiting questionnaires. We provide guidance on how best to contact coaches to generate and maintain interest.

NCAA Regulations

We also provide guidance on NCAA recruiting rules and regulations and what coaches typically look for in athletic prospects--outside athletic ability. We prepare you for interviews with college coaches as well as navigating the NCAA Eligibility Center process.
Thank you so much for all you have done over the past three years. Your guidance and patience helped transform me and my family from clueless and concerned to confident, college ready individuals – and for that I could not be more grateful. I truly appreciate all the time and effort that you put into reading essays and resumes, talking me through the process, and just helping me feel comfortable hitting the “submit” button. I know I wasn’t always the best client and that at times I needed to be helped back on track, which you always accomplished, not by yelling but rather, by encouraging and motivating me. It was always a pleasure being able to talk with you and navigate the vast college landscape. Through minor digressions and sidebars I feel that I gained a true mentor and I couldn’t be more thankful. I’ll be sure to keep in touch next year and update you on NYU Stern and all the crazy things that will inevitably happen in the city. Thank you for helping to make my dreams come true and preparing me for the next chapter in life.

Carter A., Student

Accepted Early Decision at New York University

I got my acceptance to Tufts University last week which is my dream school and I owe the majority of my success to PCC! My counselor kept me on task throughout the whole process and supported/encouraged me to stay on track. As well as recommending programs to do over the summer to make my resume more impressive and helping me look more well rounded to colleges, she also helped me keep my college options open and not get tunnel vision (regarding my college list on the platform). She also guided me in keeping my expectations realistic. Lastly, I got recruited for fencing and she guided me through the college process and is the sole reason why I reached out to the Tufts Fencing coaches in the first place and was able to get recruited by them! I am extremely grateful to PCC!!

Alexia N., Student

Accepted Early Decision to Tufts University

Princeton College Consulting is awesome! I cannot thank them enough for all their help. I feel lucky that I was able to have counselors throughout much of high school that were so knowledgeable, supportive and creative.

Grace D., Student

Accepted Early Decision to Swarthmore College

I hired Princeton College Consulting to help my son, a high school senior, go through both the recruitment and application process. They got right to it and had my son on track immediately. He started his essay and had it completed within two weeks (when I read it I was pleasantly surprised). They helped us understand the schools where he was the best fit athletically and academically and go through the process of getting on those coach’s radar. He was recruited and accepted to his first three choices including Trinity which we would not have thought about without them. I highly recommend Princeton College Consulting to anyone who has a child, athlete or not, who is going to go to college. I know they eased MY stress during the year which was great. I didn’t have to worry if my son was communicating with all the coaches or finishing his applications. I wish we hired them earlier.

Tom T., Parent

Accepted to Trinity University

Finding schools that are a great fit for your child can be difficult; charting a course of action to get them there, even more so. Princeton College Consulting helped to remove anxiety from the process, and replaced it with a targeted plan and prescriptive action steps to navigate us through both the college admissions and athletic recruiting process. Our son " bought in" immediately - a real testament to the PCC team. They knew exactly how much he could handle, while taking a full complement of AP classes and playing a competitive sport year-round. It was important to us to stay connected to the process. Princeton College Consulting did a great job accommodating this; every call was either taken or returned and every question comprehensively answered. Most importantly, it's effective - our son will be attending NYU Stern this fall and playing soccer for "the Cats". Princeton College Consulting was a great investment in our family's future - we would highly recommend them to anyone.

Jason and Traci A., Parent

Accepted Early Decision at New York University

We met PCC when our eldest daughter was a freshman in high school, as we were looking for guidance to help navigate our student athlete through her tennis and academic terrain. PCC developed a meticulous plan of action for her that included drills to work on her weakest areas, specified ways to think about scheduling tournaments, and detailed the recruiting process she would subsequently undergo.  That plan also included a comprehensive analysis of the college application process, and how they would move forward on helping her to determine what she wanted from her college education, and where to find it. took time to genuinely get to know her, to identify her unique talents, and get her to think about her future in a nuanced manner.  They embarked on a routine of regular meetings and assignments designed to raise questions, and compel her to provide written responses that over time, honed her writing skills and focused her thinking.  They also considered her optimal course curriculum for each semester of high school, and prepped and scheduled all necessary standardized tests.  Their work culminated in an application portfolio and profile that allowed her to thoughtfully engage with a variety of colleges.  It was remarkable to watch our daughter work independently with her counselor over that time, and ultimately gain early decision admission to one of the most selective small liberal arts colleges in the country, where she also plays on the varsity tennis team.

Michael D., Parent

Accepted Early Decision to Swarthmore College

When it was time for our middle child, a scholar athlete who also excels in vocal performance; once again, PCC brought their expertise, this time to the vocal arena, helping her to evaluate the musical opportunities from conservatories to universities, submit performances and ancillary materials along with her academic portfolio, while all the while helping her to channel her creative energies and writing talents into an application profile that allowed her to gain early decision admission to the Ivy League university she desired. Even as he worked independently with our girls, our counselor was always readily available to discuss anything with us, and we were allowed to be as involved in the process as we liked.  The teaching and advice he gave to our daughters was invaluable. 

Allison E., Parent

Accepted Early Decision to Princeton University (Restrictive EA), Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Haverford College

We initially hired Princeton College Consulting after working with a New York City based college consulting firm. Our son is an athlete and a high performing student and so we were looking for a firm that could guide us through the athletic recruiting process for football. It didn’t take long for us to discover that the level of support and the depth of knowledge, expertise and the thoroughness of the Princeton College Consulting team far exceeded what we were getting from the other firm with which we had been working. I am happy to say that our son was admitted to Yale University and will be playing football for the Bull Dogs. Thank you to the PCC team. We couldn’t have done it without them.

Avery S., Parent

Accepted to Williams College and Early Action at Yale University

We hired Princeton College Consulting to work with our daughter to guide her through both the college admissions and athletic recruiting processes. Their team was always there for us whenever we needed advice and I can say without a doubt, instead of feeling overwhelmed by the process, the PCC team kept us organized, on track and stress free throughout the entire process. In the end, Ally was recruited to play hockey for Wesleyan and we are grateful to PCC in helping Ally to realize her dream. I can’t thank them enough!

Yvette K., Parent

Accepted Early Decision at Wesleyan University

Playing college golf is something our son has wanted to do as long as we can remember. He also has wanted to pursue a quality education at a college that will stretch his mind and set him up for future success. I can say, Princeton College Consulting helped us to do both and I don’t think this would have been possible without them. Our counselor worked closely with our son and guided him through every step of both the application and athletic recruiting process. In the end, among others, our son was recruited to play golf at his top choice, Bates College. We can’t thank Princeton College Consulting enough for all of their help and highly recommend them to anyone looking for help through either the college admissions or athletic recruiting process. Bravo PCC!

Tony D., Parent

Accepted Early Decision to Bates College

    For colleges that receive thousands of applications to remain organized as they attempt to create an interesting and diverse class, they often create a system to rank applicants.
    These 11 distinct, yet highly interrelated, aspects of your application are evaluated in a “holistic review”