Montgomery Educational Consulting Admissions Specialist Shares her Expertise in Collegiate Athletic Recruiting with Families at the Kent Place School in Summit, NJ

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College athletic recruiting is beginning earlier and earlier. Andrea Aronson, an independent admissions consultant based out of Westfield, NJ, shared her expertise in collegiate athletic recruiting with parents and students at the Kent Place School in Summit, NJ.

So many student-athletes and their parents go into the recruiting process without having even the most basic grasp of what to expect.

On January 8, 2013, Andrea Aronson, an educational consultant based out of Westfield, New Jersey, provided parents and students of The Kent Place school, an all-girls K-12 institution located in Summit, NJ, with an overview of the college athletic recruiting landscape. The presentation was part of Kent Place’s annual College Panel Night, which aims to educate Kent Place families about the recruiting process and give them perspective on what life is like for college athletes once they reach campus. The school’s Dragon Athletic Club sponsored the event.

Ms. Aronson’s presentation provided insight into a host of issues associated with college athletic recruiting including:

  •     The different collegiate athletic associations and on-campus athletic options (varsity vs. club)
  •     The difference between the various NCAA divisions
  •     What college coaches are looking for
  •     Communication timelines and how the recruiting process works for different NCAA divisions
  •     What athletes can do to involve themselves in the recruiting process
  •     How athletics work into the admissions process

In addition to Ms. Aronson’s presentation, the evening included a panel of former Kent Place students who had recently been through the recruiting process and who are currently playing their respective sports at both Division I and Division III NCAA affiliated institutions. The students spoke and answered questions about their own personal experiences of being recruited as well as being on their college teams. Parents of some of the athletes who were present also served on the panel to provide their perspective.

“So many student-athletes and their parents go into the recruiting process without having even the most basic grasp on what to expect,” commented Ms. Aronson, who works as a Senior Associate at Montgomery Educational Consulting. “It’s complicated, too, because every sport, every division, and every school will operate differently. So, gaining an understanding of the whole scene and having a foundation on which to build is critical for anyone considering playing their sport in college.”

Athletic recruiting is beginning earlier and earlier, especially for some sports, and many athletes are being asked to decide on their college options as early as freshman year in high school. Ms. Aronson stated, “While I’m certainly not a fan of this aspect of college recruiting, the only way that I can help to combat it is to provide an education to those who hope to be part of the process.”

Ms. Aronson has helped several student-athletes in their quest for college and to play college varsity athletics. She has written many blog posts about college athletic recruiting on the Montgomery Educational Consulting website:

From offices in Colorado and New Jersey, Montgomery Educational Consulting offers comprehensive, personalized educational counseling services to students locally, around the country, and around the world. These college admissions experts guide students every step of the way as they navigate the university search and application process. Then, they help students get admitted to the school that is right for them.

For more information about Andrea Aronson or Montgomery Educational Consulting, please visit: or email Andrea(at)GreatCollegeAdvice(dot)com

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