Application Extras: Artists, Athletes, and Military Academy Applicants
Some students will choose to provide something extra with their college admission applications.
Artists Performing and visual artists will often be asked to submit a portfolio or audition in order to get into or obtain scholarships from an art school or conservatory. It's important to note that every school posts specific details about their portfolio or audition process, and they are all different!
The National Portfolio Day Association is a collaborative of visual arts schools that travels around the country providing portfolio review and advice to high school students considering art school. Attend your sophomore and junior years so that you have time to implement the suggestions offered
The Art Career Project is a great resource for understanding the huge amount of possibilities open to students who study art. Their list of schools is limited, so you probably want to search good match art programs using an alternate resource from my College Search page.
Majoring in Music is a go-to site for information about pursuing music education in college. Don't miss the great audition tips
Athletes If you want to play college sports you should work with your club or school team coach in addition to your college counselor. When selecting an appropriate match college, it's suggested that the you pick a school that is a terrific academic fit, so that if you were injured and couldn't play the sport, the school would still be a great place for you to be.
In order to play a college sport for an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school, you need to register at the eligibility center at the end of junior year of high school.
Military Academies The elite U.S. Military Academies require application extras such as a letter of recommendation from a senator or congressman and a physical examination. Check out the specific requirements for each:
There are independent educational consultants who specialize in working with students who aspire to attend a U.S. Military Academy. This consulatant, LTC Rob Kirkland, has great resources for the Academies and ROTC on his site.