Are you searching for an advantage in getting into a college? Are you trying to get more money to pay for college? Do you want to attract the attention of college coaches?
Here is a "college recruiting hack" ... TAKE THE SAT, early and often and improve your GPA. I realize it can be difficult to improve your GPA quickly, especially if you’re in the latter half of high school already.
Freshman (2022): You've most likely only completed two semesters of high school, so there's plenty of time (4-5 semesters!) left for you to raise your GPA. The majority of your classes are still ahead of you. It's important to take action as soon as possible if your GPA is especially low so that you don't get stuck trying to climb out of a much deeper hole your sophomore or junior year.
Sophomore (2021): At this point, you’ve completed four semesters of high school and have 2-3 more to go before you apply to college. This means that almost half of the grades that will make up your final GPA for college are still ahead of you, so you have a pretty strong chance of making improvements. If your GPA is currently, say, a 2.7, by putting in more effort over the course of the next year or so you can most likely raise it above a 3.0.
Junior (2020): You’ve completed six semesters of high school now and have one semesters left to go before you send out college applications. You will have to improve drastically in order to make a positive impact on your GPA before you apply to college. You may still be able to make small changes, but a major increase in your GPA is likely to be out of reach. You might decide to focus on standardized test scores over GPA at this point as you near the end of your junior year. Raising your scores is your best bet for getting accepted into a selective college despite a GPA that’s on the lower side. You should be able to take the SAT as late as January and the ACT as late as February if you're looking to submit your scores along with regular decision applications.
Let this sink in ... this is important!
There are approximately 299 NCAA Division I baseball programs with each team being allowed to offer a maximum of (11.7) scholarships. Under NCAA rules, these 11.7 scholarships can be divided between a maximum of 27 players, with all players on athletic scholarship having to receive a minimum of a 25% scholarship. What does that mean? Let's take a look at the following college examples.
Private University (a private D1)
Total Costs - $71,000
Baseball Scholarship - $17,750
Remember that since it is private, more than likely there is one cost whether you live down the street or 3,000 miles away. The student is responsible for this balance .. the way to help off set this cost is your GPA, SAT or ACT scores and building a relationship with the college, the college admissions personnel as well as the baseball coach.
Let's look at another situation
Big State University (a public D1)
Total Costs $26,000 (in state) $45,000 (out of state)
Baseball Scholarship $6,500 (in state) $11,250 (out of state)
$19,500 (in state), $33,750 (out of state) Balance
Know how selective each college you are applying to is (admission wise) .. if you have a 4.0 GPA and a 1440 SAT and are applying to a college that is "middle of the road" in selectivity rating, where the average incoming freshman who will apply have