Football as a soft?

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swittig
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Football as a soft?

Postby swittig » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:42 am

How much influence, if any, would a soft like varsity football have on an admissions decision?

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rinkrat19
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Re: Football as a soft?

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:52 am

D1 sports are a pretty decent soft. Lower divisions are less impressive, although they do still show discipline/dedication/etc, as well as provide a possible conversation starter (for interviews) or a PS topic. The popularity of the sport matters: Football may possibly help more than, say, water polo, just because the adcomm is more likely to be familiar with it and/or find it impressive.

But sports as a soft aren't likely to help you outperform your numbers, unless you're an Olympic gold medalist.

<= Did an obscure D1 sport. Doesn't think it affected her cycle one way or the other.

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Re: Football as a soft?

Postby soviet1 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:41 am

I'd include it for sure. However, I was on Team USA for a sport, and I'm not sure that it helped me all that much. Still got plenty of waitlists. Good luck!

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Re: Football as a soft?

Postby PennQuaker » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:36 pm

swittig wrote:How much influence, if any, would a soft like varsity football have on an admissions decision?

Was it at a major D1 program? If so, I'd venture to say it's not even a "soft" but a key component with college football being so time consuming(not to mention something interesting to set you apart, distinguish you,etc.).

On the other hand, if it was at Northwestern Southern Texas A&T State College, or something, it's about the same as being a member of debate club

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Re: Football as a soft?

Postby northerniowan » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:52 pm

That's a damn good avatar.




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