College Placement Timeline

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By IJGA College Planning & Placement Team

There is a lot of work that goes into college placement and landing a spot on a college golf team. The preparation needs to start early, and there’s a certain process to follow. See the optimal college placement timeline below. 

Freshman Year of High School

  • Build a resume and establish a ranking in junior golf in the U.S. by playing in multi-day tournaments. This is how you start to build your profile.
  • Begin your research on colleges and admissions requirements.
  • Keep up academically by taking the core courses required by the NCAA.
  • Maintain a high GPA and figure out a plan for the next three years in regard to academics.

Sophomore Year of High School

  • Continue to make academics a priority and maintain your GPA.
  • Participate in school activities.
  • Keep building your list of potential colleges.
  • Play consistently in tournaments.
  • Update your golf and academic resumes.
  • Register with the NCAA eligibility center.
  • Start contacting coaches when appropriate.

Junior Year of High School

  • Refine your college list by looking at team rosters to note how many players are leaving the year you enter and note their scoring averages.
  • Continue to update your golf and academic resumes and send them to coaches.
  • Take standardized test prep courses and register to take the SAT and ACT in the Fall of your junior year.
  • Take the TOEFL if required.
  • Start making unofficial visits to colleges.

Senior Year of High School

  • If you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT this should be a priority. You can retake them if you need to improve your score.
  • Have your transcripts sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Upload your test scores to the NCAA Eligibility center
  • Complete the amateurism certification process.
  • Continue to compete in tournaments.
  • Try to narrow your list of potential colleges down to those that are a “best-fit” for you
  • Continue to make unofficial visits or official visits if asked by the coach
  • Evaluate offers and decide on the best option for you!

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