College Athletics

A Westminster education gives your student a leg up on competing for spots at Division II or Division III schools in most cases. This is because all of our classes are honors level classes, which leverages GPA. Also, because of our academic rigor, a lot of our students score 29 or higher on the ACT (29 is our school’s average score), which gets you in the pool for many of these schools merit-based scholarships.

Parents,

A Westminster education gives your student a leg up on competing for spots at Division II or Division III schools in most cases. This is because all of our classes are honors level classes, which leverages GPA. Also, because of our academic rigor, a lot of our students score 29 or higher on the ACT (29 is our school’s average score), which gets you in the pool for many of these schools merit-based scholarships. Combine this with strong athletic ability and the process I describe below and you at least give your student an advantage if they desire to continue playing a sport OR just to use their athletics along with your academic standing to better negotiate a college financial package. There is never a guarantee this process will in fact get you more scholarship money, but any advantage can help, so I wanted to share this with you.

The key to start with is to set a goal of a 3.50 GPA and an ACT score in the high 20’s (28+). The next thing is to start going to college camps (at least two) as an individual for your student’s selected sport in summer between ninth and tenth grades. Then do it again each year through tenth and eleventh grade. This helps your student begin to establish relationships with coaches, which is important since most DII and DIII coaching staffs have budgets that force them to rely on these camps to find players.

Also most schools where you might go to ID camps have a “Recruit Me” button on their website. I would also do this to make sure they know of your interest and have current information. Make sure that you consider doing a highlight video. Talk with your coach about getting good film (keep a list of good plays to go back and get). There are services out there for $250 or so that will edit this film for you if you provide footage and suggested edits.

Below is a link to a list of schools that I have compiled that is sorted by annual tuition. This number does not include room, board, books, or spending money. For more information on admissions and filing dates etc. please go to The Path page on our website ( http://www.westminsterknights.org/the-path/ ) which has timely information as far as a checklist of To-Do’s for each year of high school as well as other great information regarding college decision making.

College is a real financial sacrifice and we hope that Westmintser athletics can help your students more feasibly accomplish their goals and dreams. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me.

 

Jeff Poore
Director of Athletics

PS See below for some links to some articles that are applicable if you want to pursue this option.

Link to College Spreadsheet
NCAA Recruiting Calendars: When does recruiting start?
Actual NCAA Recruiting Calendars by Sport
10 Questions to Expect from a College Coach Recruiting You
Coaches Are Watching More Than a Game
Negotiating for a scholarship

There is never a guarantee this process will in fact get you more scholarship money, but any advantage can help, so I wanted to share this with you.
—Jeff Poore

Knights College Athletes

STUDENT

GRAD YEAR

            SPORT

COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

Maddie Hoaglund

2017

Cross Country / Track

Washington and Lee University

Josh Lipperd

2017

Soccer

Covenant College

Camryn Neal

2017

Soccer

Mississippi College

Jack Wilson

2017

Soccer

Mercer University

Caleb McNaughton

2016

Soccer

Covenant College

Katie Brooks Boone

2014

Track

Auburn University

Morgan Reynolds

2014

Cross Country / Track

Birmingham Southern College

Wellford Moore

2013

Soccer

Furman University

Whitten Green

2012

Soccer

Mississippi College

Ryan Combs

2009

Tennis

Furman University

Tatum Moffett

2009

Track

Samford University

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