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Important College Factors
The right college for you is about more than athletics
Scholarships for baseball are different than other sports. In most, both men's and women's, NCAA rules permit "head count" scholarships (full tuition, room, and board). Rules limit the number of scholarships depending on the sport, but the limit is usually a few more than needed for a full roster (to accomodate redshirts, injuries, etc.). However, baseball is another story. Why are baseball scholarship rules different? We've heard several different reasons, but none make sense. Hopefully, the NCAA will change this in the near future.
Academic Rigor: You should choose a college that offers a program you want to pursue, where you can manage the academic rigor, and earn a degree. Keep in mind that playing a college sport is like working a physically demanding full-time job, so adding in classes, course work, studying, and other tasks like laundry doesn't leave much time. Be straight with yourself and select a college where you can compete in the classroom and in your sport. FYI - once at college playing a sport, you will find that discipline and organization will greatly increase your chances for success. Effectively managing your time, keeping to a schedule, maintaining a task list and calendar, and not wasting chunks of time doing nothing will make a huge difference. That doesn't mean no fun... plan your time so you can get everything done and have time for fun.
HBCUs: These are Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as identified by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.” HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents.Most HBCUs admit students of any ethnicity but enrollment is majority Black. HBCUs include a wide range of institutions in terms of academics, athletics, size, location, and campus environment. Some HBCUs are among the most competitive for admissions and academic rigor in the U.S. Many have vibrant fraternity/sorority life and extremely loyal alumni networks. There are currently 104 HBCUs. More information about HBCUs, including academic programs offered, can be found at http://www.thehundred-seven.org/hbculist.html