College Visit Checklist
You only have one chance to make a first impression once. Do you research and prepare for the visit? Learn as much as you can about the school and the program. Dress Code should be Smart Casual.
- Schedule an appointment with an admissions officer or College Coach
- Schedule an appointment with the financial aid officer. Very Important to see what your scholarship and out of pocket cost will be.
- Schedule an appointment with the soccer coach(s)- Have a list of questions that you want to ask.
- Bring/Send your Player Resume and any video footage that you may have.
- Schedule a campus tour. Admissions or coaches(s) will bring you on a full tour of the campus.
- Research every aspect of the school before your visit- Athletics, Academics, and Financial.
- Bring an unofficial high school transcript
- While on campus, sit in on several classes
- Eat at the campus dining hall. Preferably with current players so you can ask questions and get a feel for what they are like.
- Find out about what activities and events are going on
- Check out facilities: library, student center, dorms, etc.
- Talk to students and find out what they like about the school and what they don't like
Questions for College Coach
Below are some example questions to ask a college coach - you should have your own list before your visit so that you make sure you get all your answers while on the visit. Think of the visit as an interview.
- How many players do you keep on the roster? How many players travel with the team to away games?
- What position will I play and who am I competing against for this position?
- Do you see me as a starter or role player?
- What are your favorite things about my playing style?
- Will I be redshirted my first year?
- What expectations do you have for training and conditioning?
- What is your coaching style?
- How many seniors are graduating?
- Do I require medical insurance? If so, is it provided by the school?
- If I am seriously injured while competing, who is responsible for my medical expenses?
- What are your academic expectations for each player?
- Do you have a fitness plan for players over the summer?
- What does the fall and spring season look like for players?
- What times of the day do training sessions occur?
Questions for Admission Staff
Below are some sample questions to ask the admissions staff at the college.
- What percentage of students’ athletes graduate? What percentage of soccer players graduate?
- What is the team's current grade point average?
- How good is the department you want to study? How many students are in the department? What credentials do faculty members hold? What are graduates of the program doing post-study?
- What academic support programs are available to student-athletes?
- If you have a diagnosed disability, what kind of academic services are available?
- How many credit hours should I take in and out of the season?
- Are there restrictions in scheduling classes around practice?
- Is summer school available? If I need to take summer school, will it be paid for or an additional cost?
- What is a typical day for a student-athlete?
- What are the resident’s halls like?
- Do student-athletes have to live on campus?
- How much financial aid is available for both academic year and summer school? What does your scholarship cover?
- How long does my scholarship last?
- What are my opportunities for employment as a student?
- Exactly how much will the athletic scholarship be? What exactly will be covered? What exactly do I need to cover?
- Are there academic criteria tied to maintaining my scholarship?
- Will be scholarship be honored if there is a coaching change?