All prospective undergraduate students will need to sit either an SAT or ACT exam. Both tests are accepted by every university. These tests are multiple choice aptitude tests designed to measure core reading, writing and maths skills. Note that the ACT has an additional science section.
Students can – and are encouraged to – take these tests as many times as they like. They are each offered roughly 5 times per year at various international locations.
No, prospective graduate students do not need to sit the SAT or ACT.
Depending on which course prospective graduate students are aiming to study, they may be required to sit a GRE exam, which also tests reading, writing, maths and critical thinking.
Yes. Universities have plenty of provision for special education needs.
If you receive accommodations (e.g. extra time, computer testing, large print testing, etc.) for your school exams, you may be eligible for these same accommodations in your SAT/ACT admissions tests, and also your exams once you get to college. You should liaise with the accommodations department at your school, who will be able to help you apply for these accommodations.
Days can vary depending on your event, training schedule, and university workload. Student-athletes typically attend classes in the morning (9-12am), then head to practice in the afternoon after lunch. Most students use their evenings to study or socialise.
NCAA student-athletes can train a maximum of 20 hours each week, with no more than four hours per day (note these are maximums and are rarely met). Athletes have at least one rest day.
Academic advisors will support students in selecting and organising their classes so they do not interfere with training times.
It varies! Your school exam grades are combined with your SAT/ACT score to determine how strong you are academically, meaning they are only one component of the academic requirement.
At a minimum, you must achieve passes across a range of subjects in your school exams. Good grades are important regardless of the level of academic school you are aiming for. Maintaining good grades shows coaches you are responsible and motivated in the classroom, and is reassuring that schoolwork will not be a problem for you at university. Strong grades may also make you eligible for academic scholarship, in addition to athletic scholarship, which could open the door to a wider range of strong schools.
Understanding your academic profile is complex and varies from individual to individual. Please get in touch with us if you have specific questions regarding your grades.
Students aiming for top academic schools, e.g. Ivy League and similar, should be aiming to achieve top marks across their school exams, and aiming to rank within the top 5-10% of their school class. These students should also be aiming to score very highly in the admissions tests.
Applications to the top academic schools take into account several factors, including your grades, extracurriculars, essays, interviews and recommendations. Your grades are only one component of a holistic application.
Undergraduate degrees are four years long. Postgraduate degrees can be one or two years depending on the programme you enrol in.
Undergraduate students will declare their major mid-way through their second year. For the first year you will take a broad range of introductory courses in addition to the courses you are most interested in. From there, you will start to build your degree by choosing courses you are most interested in which meet the criteria for your major.
This means when you apply to the university, you will not be applying to a particular subject/department, but rather just to the university itself.
Yes. As long as you have time to complete all the class credits/courses for your new major, you can change at any point through your degree. If you are changing to a similar degree it will likely be easier, as many of your course credits will be transferable. If you change to a very different subject, it will take more time to complete the credits.
Colleges generally work in a semester format. The Fall semester runs from late August to mid-December and the Spring semester runs from late January to mid-May.
Some colleges work on trimester or quarterly calendars, where dates will differ. In general, however, classes run from late August to May.
To be able to train with and compete for your university, you must remain NCAA or NAIA eligible throughout your time at university. Student-athletes must maintain an average GPA of 2.3 to be eligible to train and compete. This roughly equates to achieving Cs in your courses.
Student-athletes who do not meet these minimum criteria will not be permitted to train with the team or compete for the university for one year.
A GPA (grade point average) is a cumulative measure of all the grades on your transcript. It is scored out of 4.0. Your GPA is calculated by adding up all your grades (A/A*=4, B=3, C=2, D/E=1, F=0)* and dividing by the number of subjects you have taken. You can calculate a GPA from your APs, Honours classes, GCSEs, A-levels, IB (or equivalent) and you will also have a GPA throughout college, which all your course grades will be added to.
A 'full' or '100%' scholarship covers the cost of tuition, room, board, books and sports related clothing & equipment.
Travel to and from the USA, in addition to the cost of your social life will be funded by your personally.
Foreseeing the monetary value of a scholarship offer is almost impossible to predict. In addition to academic results, SAT test scores, timing, available budgets, and the coaches perspective of the individual's athletic ability – the college coach is the only one who could say to a prospective student athlete that they will receive ‘a full scholarship’.
It is highly likely that you will be required to contribute towards your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th years at university in the USA. As a result, it would be worthwhile to consider what you could afford to contribute towards fees not covered within the scholarship.
The average contribution figure for our student-athletes in 2021 was approximately $14,000 for the first year.