We have been stressing the importance of creating your college target list. It is the first step in preparing for the college recruiting process. We recently went over how you can create your target college list and how to rank the schools that you add to your list.

Below is a breakdown of some important decision factors for you to consider when you are creating your college target list.

Important Factors to Consider:


  • How large is the roster?
  • Which division do they compete in (NCAA DI, DII, DIII, etc.)?
  • Are there athletic scholarships available? If so, how many?

Click Here to view the scholarships available for your sport in each division


  • What is the academic reputation of the school? Is it competitive or relaxed?
  • What are the entrance requirements – SAT scores, AP courses, GPA minimum?
  • Does the school offer the major or program you’d like to pursue?

If you’re unsure about your future, does the school offer plenty of options?


  • How much is your family willing to pay for college?
  • Are you relying on athletic scholarships or financial aid?
  • Will you be paying out-of-state or in-state tuition?


  • How far away from home do you want to be?
  • Do you prefer a big city or a small town?
  • Do you prefer a large, fast paced environment or small, more personalized attention?

Small: less than 2,000 students

Medium: between 2,000 and 10,000 students

Large: more than 10,000 students

As you can see, there are several very important factors to consider when developing your college target list. It is essential for you review and discuss which factors are the most important for you and your family.

Tell us which decision factor(s) are the most important to you and how they have helped shape your college target list. Leave us a comment in the comments section below.


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