Are you serious about playing rugby in college? Collegiate rugby is the best way to continue to compete at the highest level, make the best friends you will ever have, and improve your chances of being identified for a national team. For aspiring collegiate rugby players, as rugby continues to grow at an exponential rate in the U.S., you have more options than ever to find a college that will fit both your academic AND your rugby needs!

As the number of Varsity and Elite Club Rugby programs grow and are given athletic recruitment slots, players MUST be aware how much a student athlete’s academic record play a role in their recruitment chances. Why recruit a player who wouldn’t even last a quarter at their school? Good advice for any rugby player looking to don a collegiate rugby jersey is not only succeeding on the pitch, but in the classroom. The stronger you are in your studies, the higher the likelihood of being recruited to a top tier rugby program.

The Guide below outlines the steps necessary to get into college. This guide was created by Rugby NorCal friend and colleague, Karen Fong-DonoghueKaren, a former Rugby Collegiate All-American who now helps high school/youth student-athletes with the college admissions process, may be contacted at karen@ruggersedge.com

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Whether you are uncertain about going to college or you just need some reassurance you're on the right track, here are a few reasons to go to college*:

    • Every bit of education you get after high school increases the chances you'll earn good pay. Most college graduates earn more money during their working years than people who stop their education at high school earn.
    • The more education you get the more likely it is you will always have a job. According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.
    • Continuing education after high school is much more important for your generation than it was for your parents' generation.Today most good jobs require more than a high school diploma. Businesses want to hire people who know how to think and solve problems.
  • Education beyond high school gives you a lot of other benefits, including meeting new people, taking part in new opportunities to explore your interests, and experiencing success.

*Adapted from www.act.org.

High school rugby players are attractive candidates for colleges. Many schools look for good athletes who will perform well in the classroom and add to the campus community through participation in sports:

    1. High school rugby players learn to fit practice, school, social obligations and even part-time work into their schedules.
    1. Teamwork = team work. Rugby players are used to doing their best for the group. Getting along with roommates, taking part in group study sessions, and working with lab partners are natural for them.
    1. Commitment. Continued participation in high school rugby indicates a student’s willingness to persist in a demanding regimen. A student’s commitment to something outside himself/herself shows maturity. College look for students who performed well and stuck with a sport, who will play their hearts out and stay on a team, as this is an indicator for retention in college.
    1. Good sports make good schools. High school rugby players will most likely compete well on the college level and create winning teams. Winning sports programs build pride and tradition in an institution, and that benefits all students.
    1. Diversity university. On the playing field, students from various backgrounds meet as equals and become friends. Players do not have to like each other, but they do need to accept each other and spend a lot of time together, which cuts away initial cultural barriers and preconceptions and often leads to friendship.
    1. Homesick cure. Most first-year students miss family, friends and home comforts. But participating in rugby keeps the players busy and fills their time.
  1. Stress less. Academic and social tensions sometimes run high at college, and physical activity is a great release.