ZAP's College Corner
Where do you fit in?
Do you want to attend a large school or a small one?
Do you want to be in a big city or a small town?
What do you want to study? (If you don't know, don't worry. But if you do know, be sure the school you select offers that major.)
Do you want to swim in college?
Do you need financial aid?
These are just a few things to consider when you think about going to college. You can find out a great deal of information about most colleges by checking their web sites. Just look them up on Google. Alternately, we have provided links to some colleges and universities as well as links to basic information about their student bodies (SAT scores, GPA, ethnic background, and other stats,) as well as links to their swimming programs. You can check their swimmers' times and see if your times come close. Not all schools offer swim scholarships, but some do. Or, if you have particularly good times, your swim skills may give you an edge in admissions to a particular school. Find out where you fit in. (Note: this new page is a work in progress. Check back for updates.)
If you want to swim in college, this information is critical.
The NCAA has adopted legislation that will require prospects who intend to enroll at NCAA Division I and Division II institutions to supply ACT or SAT scores to the Clearinghouse directly from the testing agencies. Test scores on an official high school transcript ARE NOT usable for NCAA purposes. Start now and plan to have your ACT and SAT scores sent to the Clearinghouse (via code "9999") so that your certification decision will not be delayed. For more details consult the NCAA's web site at http://www.ncaa.org or call the Clearinghouse.
Also, be sure to check these documents:
Being Recruited 101: How it works. Get all the official NCAA rules here.
An Overview of College Swimming
College Recruiting Plans
Questions You Should Ask the University/Coach
How are women's sports fareing at the college of your choice? The law usually referred to as Title IX banned gender-based discrimination in high schools and colleges. Since the law was passed in 1972, the number of women participating in high school and intercollegiate athletics has skyrocketed. The Women's Sports Foundationtracks the stats on the impact of this legislation and recently graded U.S.colleges and universities on their progress. If you're thinking about college, you might want to know how the college(s) of your choice fared. You can download the report card here. Or check the Women's Sports Foundation for more extensive details on the topic
Helpful Web Sites
It's never to soon to start thinking about college...where to go and how to get there.
Some of the websites listed below are managed by the state of California and the California State University Systems, and are designed to help you find the information you need to help you make the right decisions. We will be adding information to this site in the future. If you know of a web site that you think we should add to this page, please send us the URL and we'll put it on the page.
California Colleges: allows the user to do all sorts of research and create a personal portfolio to store information. http://www.californiacolleges.edu/
CSU Mentor:: provides general information about college planning including financial aid, as well as specific information about the California State University schools. http://www.csumentor.edu/