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Reality Check Part 2: What to do to Play College Baseball

baseball on field representing actions required to play college baseball Hopefully, the previous post demonstrated that the chances of getting a scholarship to play college baseball aren’t very good. Sometimes I think parents talk about the baseball scholarship as a way to justify the amount of time and money their family is spending on baseball. Claiming that it’s all to pay for college is an easy and obvious excuse.

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The Complete Scholarship Guide: Everything You Need to Know

head of woman looking at scholarship written on blackboard representing what are scholarships

Paying college with scholarships isn’t as simple as it sounds.

Let’s start with the definition, scholarships are simply free money for students to spend on their education. This basic definition includes scholarships awarded for pre-schools, dance classes, camps, and, of course, colleges. When you start asking what are scholarships in terms of paying for college, things don’t seem as simple any more. Now you have athletic scholarships, academic scholarships, and other various merit scholarships. And scholarships are just one kind of financial aid available for college so you probably need to have some understanding of how it differs from grants, loans, and work-study.  However, even as you wade through various definitions, essentially a scholarship is free money for students to spend on their education.

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All 265 D2 Baseball Schools and Conferences

empty baseball dugout representing division 2 baseball schools(Skip to the end of the post to see the list of all D2 Baseball Schools for 2023NCAA Division 2 is the smallest for baseball colleges. It has only 265 members compared to 309 for D1 baseball and 390 for D3 baseball. However, unlike D3, D2 baseball schools offer scholarships although not the same amount as D1 schools. D1 schools are limited to 11.7 while D2 have a max of 9. However, an advantage Division 2 baseball colleges have over D1 schools is that they are allowed to have tryouts. What better way to find out where you stand with a coach than by having an actual tryout?

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FAQ: Can I go to college with less than a 3.0 GPA?

Postit note asking Can I go to college with less than a 3.0 high school GPA?(Skip to the end to see the list of 248 colleges that take a 3.0 GPA or less.) You can go to a four-year college with less than a 3.0 GPA. There are a number of colleges that are open admissions meaning that they will admit anyone who meets their minimum standards. This can mean just having passed specific classes in high school or meet minimum scores on selected placement tests. There are also colleges that admit students with less than a 3.0 GPA as part of their regular admissions process.

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Cutting College Costs: 273 Community Colleges with Dorms

girl on bed with computer in community colleges with dorms(I’ve updated the number of community colleges with dorms with data available from IPEDS in March, 2023.) As families recoil in horror contemplating the price tag of four years of college, some start to look more closely at all of the available options, including community colleges with dorms. Since community colleges are offering more traditional college amenities such as dorms, honor programs, sports, and student activities, they are becoming a more attractive way for families to seriously cut their college expenses.

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