BROKEN LEG TEST
Can you pass the “broken leg” test?
If you break your leg the week before freshman year starts and are unable to continue in your sport, will you be able to survive the four-year curriculum and be an outstanding contributor to campus life without participating in sports?
That is what the admissions committee must answer in order to admit you, the recruited athlete.
Your admission to college is not only based on the coach’s suggestion, but on a hard look by admissions officers. Sometimes, the coach gets a few “free tickets”, but those are reserved for the absolute best athletes.
The rest of the recruited athletes must pass the minimum academic index threshold. Your grades and SAT/ACT scores will be compared to the average student’s academic index. Yours can be just a fraction lower.
In the Ivy League, it is more definite – you must be within 1 standard deviation of the average academic index.
The next test is much like any other student applying. Your application has to stand out against the other 20,000 applicants. Your Common Application will be scrutinized from the Activity List to the Personal Essay to the Additional Information Page to the Supplement Essays.
It all matters because it is within these pages that the admissions officers can tell if you will contribute something to the campus if you have broken your leg.