Campus VisitsJanuary 14 2004 at 11:59 AM
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Response to Official Visits/ Unofficial Visits
What are these? Well if a school is very interested in you they will identify you as a recruit and arrange for an Official Campus Visit. For this to happen you and the school will have had some initial talks that idicate they are interested and so are you. You are allowed to visit the campus in an official capacity for 48 hours. Before this can be arranged though you must submit your SAT/ACT scores to the school. If you do not meet their minimum requirements it will not happen. You cannot have this visit without those test scores at the Division I level. Division III schools are not constained by these requirements, nor do you have to go through the NCAA Clearing House which I covered in a previous thread.
You are allowed 5 Official Visits maximum. These are a chance for you to see the school first hand and get an idea if you will fit in or even like it there. Most US colleges have beautiful campuses but some of them are very small and some are very isolated. These are all the things you must take into account when you start to look at schools. Some are also very far away from home, an important point to consider. Do you want to live in a big city? Harvard would be your first choice as Boston is a major city, want a small town, then Colgate would be a good choice. New York's where you want to be then Manhattanville would be a great fit, 45 minutes north of the Big Apple. New England location - then Dartmouth or Yale would be a great choice, very New Englandy (Is that a word?). Close to home, well that would depend I guess on where you live but Niagara is very close to the GTA, while Clarkson is very close to Ottawa and Plattsburgh is very close to Montreal and Ottawa while Wayne State is very close to London and Windsor. These are some of the things you must consider when you pick a school.
Unofficial visits are an entirely different thing. Here in the Great White North these are also a great thing. You can visit the campus of any university at any time as long as you pay for it yourself. Did I mention that on an Official visit the school pays to get you there for the week-end and puts you up with players on the team who they think will help make your mind up for you. Every university offers Campus Tours to help sell their school. These have always been big in the States and have become big up here as well in recent years. You can arrange to meet the coach, see a game and get a feel for the team this way but it is on your nickle and the team is not actually "recruiting you". You may become a walk on at the tryouts but unless you are identified you are not being recruited. My daughter's visits to Waterloo and Queen's were both very positive in this regard, the coaches and teams in both cases were very positive and personable and made her feel at home with the result that both schools were very high on her list of places she would like to go to and feel at home.
These little tourneys that some schools are organizing now are a way to get around these Official Visits rules. Once you are on the Campus of an US school the coach is free to talk to you and the rest of your teammates as many times as they and you want. Off Campus there are many rules about the number of contacts, the types of contacts and even when they can talk to you (Dark Periods). These are good events as you get some idea of what life at the school is like. Clarkson has one of these coming up this week-end.
Well this is just an introduction to this topic so if you have any questions please feel free to ask the olde Prof here at the olde Unofficial.
Till next time, keep your head up and your stick down as you head to the net.
- Thanks prof - a couple questions.... - Anonymous on Jan 14, 12:45 PM
- Re: Thanks prof - a couple questions.... - The Prof on Jan 14, 11:46 PM
- Official Visits - The Prof on Jan 15, 8:32 PM
- Thanks again! Just one more thing... - Anonymous on Jan 16, 5:22 PM
- Re: Thanks again! Just one more thing... - The Prof on Jan 19, 11:29 AM
- cnd U visits - stickz on Jan 14, 3:16 PM
- thanks Prof - confused on Jan 14, 8:44 PM
- Phone Call - The Prof on Jan 14, 9:30 PM
- Campus Visit - The Prof on Jan 14, 10:06 PM
- Re: cnd U visits - Anonymous on Jan 14, 11:44 PM