Choosing a college is a big decision and adding the possibility of being a collegiate athlete can make it more complicated.  Some swimmers may get calls, letters, or emails from colleges telling them about their programs but most will not.  It is up to you to make first contact with a team.  Here is a timeline to help get you started and five things to consider about college. 

Interested in swimming in college?

Most teams have websites and they ask you to go to the recruits page to register.  We have spoken to many coaches (notes from USA Convention 2015) and they want to see leadership skills, grades, and your swimming times.  They look at times from High School state, Sectionals, and other big meets or through professional recruiters (not agents) before bringing you onto their team.  Keep in mind there are more scholarships and financial aid for academics than there are for swimming due to NCAA and school budgets.  Here is an article from titled, What does a College Coach Look For? 

Additional Resources

PAC Grads who went on to College for Swimming and Academics click HERE

2016-17 USA Swimming Convention Presentation about College Recruiting -
by Coach Jon Maccoll - a must read click HERE

On the NCAA website, you can get information on Initial Eligibility/Clearinghouse (see your High School guidance counselor).   You should take care of this paperwork before your junior year. In 2017, the cost was $80 and this step must be done before you take a trip to a school.  On this webiste, carefully read Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete with your parents and club coach. 

Athletic Scholarship: An athletic scholarship is a one-year contract between you and a Division I or Division II institution. A school can reduce or cancel a scholarship if you become ineligible for competition, fraudulently misrepresent yourself, quit the team or engage in serious misconduct. During the contract year, a coach cannot reduce or cancel your scholarship on the basis of your athletic ability, performance, or injury. An institution may choose to not renew a scholarship at the end of the academic term provided they notify you in writing and provide you an opportunity for a hearing.

Remember a coach cannot offer you a "four-year full-ride scholarship." They do not exist. Each student athlete award is reviewed annually. It is important to ask current collegiate swimmers if they are still on scholarship. Parents, it is not uncommon for a college program to offer and renew an athletic scholarship for the first 2-3 years of college and then ask the student to pay full tuition for the remainder of their college career.

National Letter of Intent: The National Letter of Intent is administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association (not the NCAA). When you sign the National Letter of Intent you agree to attend the institution with which you signed for one academic year in exchange for the institution awarding financial aid, including athletics aid, for one academic year.

College Recruiting Links
Five most important college recruiting considerations
NCAA Prospective Student Athlete - Eligibility Center 
Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

General Collegiate Swimming Information
NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Organization
NAIA - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
NJCAA - National Junior College Athletic Association

General College, Scholarship, and Financial Aid Information
College MatchMaker
FinAid! - Financial Aid, College Scholarships and Student Loans - Funding College and 529 Plans - Get Into The College of Your Choice
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Good Call Scholarship Search Engine
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Degree Directory - Colleges, Universities, Career Schools and Online Degree Programs
Vault Education Center
National Association for College Admission Counseling
National Association of Higher Education Loan Programs
CampusTours - Virtual College Tours
College Admission Profiles
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
US Department of Education
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid 
College Scholarships
College Affordability Guide

ACT, SAT, PSAT National Merit Scholar Testing
College Board - SAT Registration, College Admissions, Scholarships
ACT - Student Site for ACT Test
Chegg Test Prep   ACT    SAT

Achievement Testing Study and Preparation Links
Varsity Tutors Practice Tests
Veritas - Free SAT study resources
ACT - Student Site for ACT Test
4Tests - Free Online Practice Exams
Number2 - Free Online Test Prep
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Test Prep Review
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How to Study - Study Skills/

Miscellaneous Information
College Student Study Skills
Free Tuition for Smart Kids
Guide to Finding the College That Fits
Hidden College Cost: Rising Fees
How I Did on the SAT
Pre-Pay Your Way to College
The Incredible Climbing Cost Of College
The New Battle Over Financial Aid
Who Needs Harvard?

College Search Sites
Colleges of Distinction
Just Colleges
My College Guide
XAP Student Center


2018 High School Graduates - coming soon

2017 High School Graduates:
Maria Kraus- Willamette
Sam Harquail- Hawaii
Hugh Hammons- Linfield
Dylan Cindrich- BYU

2016 High School Graduates:
Felicia Anderson- Oregon State University
Sid Farber- University of Denver
Ethan Hanson- Kenyon College
Milo Hart- Seattle University
Sophia Hatzikos- Wheaton College
Luke Hutchinson- University of North Dakota
Keenan Robinson- Whitworth
Byron Rossmiller- Whitworth

2015 High School Graduates:
Gabby Dewson- Willamette
Enrike Marquez- University of Portland
Sadie Wiens- Chapman

2014 High School Graduates:
Monica Bottelberghe- Boise State University
Margaret Preston- Oregon State University
Julian Smith- Southwestern University

2013 High School Graduates:
Mariko Hunter-  University of Puget Sound
Nicolas Lanker-  Pomona
Vince Palladino- Vassar
Aaron Reynolds-  Carlton
Ian Robinson- Willamette
Haley Walker- Southern Oregon
Max Yakubovich-  Harvard

2012 High School Graduates:
Diego Barragan- TBD
Arash Davani- TBD
Sam Donohue- Seattle University
Henry Fellows- Indiana University
Kyle Law- University of Iowa
May McNeil- Randolf Macon
Brandon Risley- University of Utah
Daniel Volker- University of Utah
Kevin Wallin- Whitman College

2011 High School Graduates:
Jessica Bottelberghe- Boise State University
Alyssa Hudson- Wake Forest
Alex Johnson- SMU
Julia McDowell- Cornell
Jessica Sutter- Whitman College

2010 High School Graduates:
Dana Emerson- Seattle University
Laura Jeddeloh- Scripps
Robert Macy- University of Redlands
Kara Stranski- University of Kansas

2009 High School Graduates:
Ivette Dailey- Deaton- Oregon State University
Zach Walker- University of Puget Sound
Owen Bley- Male- Seattle University