What Questions Should I be Prepared to Answer During a Campus Visit?
Fri Nov 30, 2012 by John Brooks
Before selecting which college to attend, prospective student-athletes are strongly encouraged to visit at least several college campuses. Whether the visit is official (paid for by the school and limited to no more than five schools) or unofficial (paid for by the prospect and without limitations), this experience will provide meaningful insight that will help prospects determine their best college fit.
During the visit, prospects should attempt to meet with the golf team’s coaching staff for at least 30 minutes. This meeting will already be scheduled on official visits and may be challenging to schedule on unofficial visits. If the head coach is unavailable, try to meet with an assistant coach or graduate assistant who recently played for the team. Always call or e-mail a week or two in advance to make your request. Refrain from showing up unannounced and expecting coaches to meet with you on the spot.
Once you are in front of the coach and his/her staff, you will need to be prepared to answer these and other related questions:
- What are your long-term goals for both golf and academics?
- Why are you interested in our university and golf program?
- What other schools are you considering at this time?
- What are your scholarship needs?
- As a player, what are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What are the top-5 criteria you will use when selecting a college to attend?
- When are you planning to make your final decision/sign?
- Who is your current swing instructor and how often do you take lessons?
- How do you spend your practice time?
- What are you planning to major in as a college student?
- Would you be willing to redshirt your freshman year?
- Do you want to play golf professionally after college?
- Do you currently participate in a strength-and-conditioning program?
- What tournaments are you planning to participate in over the next several months?
- Have you taken the SAT/ACT and have you registered for the Clearinghouse?
- How do you plan to spend your summers during your college career?
The most important thing during this interview process is for the player (not the parent) to answer the coach’s questions. Formulating your answers in advance will help you. There are no perfect or best answers, just honest answers. Each coach is looking for different types of players with different backgrounds and long-term goals. Do your homework and be prepared to address these questions when you have the opportunity to meet with a college coach.