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At Scholarship For Athletes we get asked a lot of questions regarding the Ivy League schools, how they work, how they recruit, and what the coaches are looking for. It's no secret that in recent years the level of tennis in the Ivy League has increased dramatically. The bar has been raised by an influx of athletes that are coming to the table with the academic requirements along with some of the best tennis credentials in the world. We asked some questions to a few Ivy League men's coaches and here is what we found.
Questions and Answers
What's the level of Ivy League tennis programs now relative to other top teams in the national rankings?
It is very competitive, and if you look at the rankings you will see Ivy teams on both the men's and women's sides scattered throughout the rankings. Recruits should understand that any program ranked in the top-75 is a very solid program. A 3-star prospect, for instance, would have a challenging time making the starting line-up for a top-75 team. A 4-star prospect will have challenges as well. We urge recruits to review the current rosters of Ivy teams and they'll get a handle on who is playing and what their background is.
Overall, the Ivy is on the rise nationally. With the tough job market and difficult economic times, you see people - tennis players in particular - putting an even greater value on education. Therefore, it is becoming more and more competitive with the level of the Ivy teams.
What are the unique aspects of recruiting for Ivy admission compared to non-Ivy institutions and scholarship programs?
The Ivy League universities compete for a much smaller pool of players. It is also very difficult for most international students to take a SAT test in English, their second language and achieve the scores necessary for admission.
Is the timeline for Ivy admission different to non-Ivy institutes?
The Ivy League generally wants applications for admission submitted much earlier than many other universities. Some scholarship schools can extend the application deadline a lot longer than we can. We try to urge all of our prospects to get their testing done early so we can consider them if things work out.
In a nutshell, the bar has been raised and the standards for Ivy League tennis are continuing to increase. The teams are getting stronger, and they continue to get better and better players each year. In the past you could get a spot on these teams by being a 3 star with potential, strong grades and strong test scores. Things have changed, and that's no longer the case. With the Ivy League schools or any other school of interest, use the previous recruiting classes as a tool to determine whether or not you are qualified for the job.
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About Ross Greenstein
Ross Greenstein is President and CEO of
Scholarship for Athletes,
an independent consulting firm that assists high school athletes and
their families throughout the scholarship search and negotiation
process. He is a graduate of the University of Florida where he played
NCAA division one tennis and made the SEC all-academic team. He was
also a former Minnesota State Tennis Champion in high school. Ross can
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