Overview - The Murrieta Surf College Bound Program provides our high school age players and parents with a comprehensive guide to the college process. This process can be overwhelming and the objective of the College Bound Program is to provide fact-based information related to recruiting, eligibility, scholarship and managing the cost of a college education. The Murrieta Surf staff offers expert guidance and support but will not do those tasks the player and parents can and must do for themselves. Success in this process requires accountability, diligence, commitment and a true passion for the game.
The SAT will have a new look! The College Board has made content, format, & scoring changes to the college entrance exam, the largest change in 30 years! For this reason, the folks at BestColleges.com have compiled a guide that offers students and parents a look into the logistics & style of the new SAT as well as preparation resources!
Many are unaware of the major overhaul the SAT underwent this year. Our resource:
Takes an in-depth look at updates made to the SAT test
Breaks down the test, test sections, & test questions
Covers test preparation from registration to test day
SAT Guide: http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/sat-prep/
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Recruitment – Murrieta Surf adopts a comprehensive approach to player development and college placement. Players are exposed to excellent college preparation resources throughout the year. In addition to excellent training and playing environments, college prospects and parents participate in an education series designed to provide a roadmap through the college search process.
Key Recruitment Links:
NCAA Division I Breakdown Information
Social Media - As Social Media grows, new rules have been created. Your comments, posts, etc. on social media is very important in the recruiting process. Coaches and current college players do monitor it.
Freshmen – No proactive calls or e-mails from a coach. Coach cannot respond to an e-mail with anything soccer specific and can only acknowledge receipt of the e-mail or letter. Coach can receive calls or visits from prospect.
Sophomores – Same as above.
Juniors – Coach can call player once a week starting September 1st of junior year and can send e-mails and literature about soccer program. Cannot make any contact including e-mail during tournament play. Any visit cannot be paid for (unofficial visit).
Seniors – Coach can call once a week (leaving voice mail counts as a call or speaking to a family member). Coach can pay for official visit (no more than 5 can be taken).
For info on all other divisions within the NCAA please visit ncaa.org
For info on the NAIA please visit naia.org
Tips and important dates:
- For seniors the FAFSA deadline is March 2nd (fafsa.ed.gov)
- Testing: Juniors and Seniors, talk to your high school counselor regarding your testing schedule
- March 18 registration deadline (with late fee) for April 9 ACT
- April 8 is the registration deadline for the May 7th SAT
- Eligibility Center - Juniors and Seniors must register for the clearinghouse
- Player Profile - All players should be creating or revising their player profile to email college coaches prior to showcase events
FAFSA Website (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the application for college-bound students to potentially receive Federal and State grant money to attend a public or private college. The FAFSA awards are mainly based on financial need and merit of the student. Not only does the FAFSA open up opportunities from the Federal and State governments, but it also highlights specific awards at different collegiate institutions.
NCAA Eligibility Center (Formerly NCAA Clearinghouse)
The NCAA Eligibility Center is something that every potential collegiate student-athlete needs to register for in order to play collegiate sports. Your high school transcripts, SAT scores, ACT scores will all need to be filed with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
You should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year of high school.
CollegeBoard (SAT College Entrance Exam and Scholarship Website)
The SAT is one of two exams that you can take to be eligible to attend college. Every student-athlete must achieve a certain score on the SAT in order to be eligible to play collegiate athletics. Through the collegeboard website, you can register for an upcoming SAT exam, have your scores sent to the college of your choice, and even take practice exams to get prepare for the real one!
The SAT is a more widely used test when it comes to college athletics, but not the only option. Visit the CollegeBoard website to answer any other questions about the SAT you may have.
ACT Student (ACT Entrance Exam and Scholarship)
The ACT is the second of two exams that you can take to be eligible to attend college. Every student-athlete must achieve a certain score on the ACT in order to be eligible to play collegiate athletics.
Through the ACT website, you can register for an upcoming ACT exam, have your scores sent to the college of your choice, and even take practice exams to get prepare for the real one! Visit the ACT website to answer any other questions you may have.
CSU Mentor (CSU Application Website)
The CSU Mentor website is where you can apply to the CSU of your choice. CSU stands for California State University and the CSU system consists of various universities throughout California. The following institutions are part of the CSU System and can be applied to through the CSU Mentor website: Cal Maritime, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Channel Islands, CSU Chico, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Northridge, CSU Sacramento, CSU San Bernardino, CSU San Marcos, CSU Stanislaus, Humboldt State, San Diego State, San Francisco State, San Jose State, and Sonoma State.
By using the CSU Mentor website, you can apply to these institutions. Visit the CSU Mentor Website if you are interested in attending any of these wonderful universities.
UC Website (UC Application)
The UC website is where you can apply to the UC of your choice. UC stands for University of California and the UC system consists of various universities throughout California. The following institutions are part of the UC System and can be applied to through the UC website: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, and UC Santa Cruz.
By using the CSU Mentor website, you can apply to these institutions. Visit the UC Website if you are interested in attending any of these wonderful universities.
FastWeb (Scholarship Search Website)
FastWeb is a search engine dedicated to finding scholarships for college-bound students and current college students.
There are a wide variety of scholarships out there, and FastWeb helps to locate them. It is a great resource to use so visit it today!
NAIA (The NAIA Eligibility Center)
PlayNAIA.org is the official clearinghouse for NAIA eligibility. Every student-athlete must register with the NAIA eligibility center to play sports at an NAIA college. The eligibility center is also a powerful tool to help athletes connect with coaches and NAIA schools – and find money for college through thousands of NAIA athletic scholarships.