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College Counseling

Student-athletes from YSC Academy have been recruited, with better offers, and more consistently, than students of similar athletic and academic profiles from outside our program. In large part this has to do with the environment college coaches know our student-athletes come from, and how positively that translates to the NCAA level athletically, academically, and socially. The amount our student-athletes train, how progressive the program is, and the competitive nature of the project is only a few contributing factors as to why interest from top academic and athletic institutions has increased year after year for our student-athletes.

Jon Scheer
Director of Talent Identification
Philadelphia Union Academy

  • Approximately 1/3rd of YSC Academy’s students matriculate to elite National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges vs a 12% national average.

  • Over 97% of YSC’s graduates have had the option to select a university providing full or partial athletic scholarship support vs a national average of 2%.

  • Approximately 15% of YSC’s graduates sign professional soccer contracts and 85% matriculate to college, although the majority of those signing professional contracts also register in online collegiate programs.

At YSC Academy, we have created an individualized college-counseling program with the goal of creating the best possible post-graduation options for each of our student-athletes. We follow a student-centered, student-led approach to the college admission process and expect each of our student-athletes to drive much of what happens with regard to the process. In utilizing this approach, we find our student-athletes are more at ease throughout the process and take time to discuss and select schools that are best suited to their individual interests and needs. Our outstanding success in helping our students get into colleges that fit them athletically, academically and socially is a point of pride at YSC.

Please see YSC Academy’s college matriculation list here.

All students in grades 9-11 take the PSAT/NMSQT in order to establish a benchmark for their testing and give coaches a window into their potential scores on the SAT and ACT. YSC Academy also provides twice-weekly test prep sessions, led by our faculty, which are built into the school day for 10th and 11th graders. Student-athletes must also register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, which they complete alongside the Director of Academics & College Counseling.

Since an open dialogue is incredibly important, the Director of Academics & College Counseling is available for any and all questions related to the college admissions process on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions about our college process, please contact Beverly Brooks, Director of Academics & College Counseling.

NCAA Guidelines for Eligibility

The NCAA has specific eligibility requirements for students interested in playing sports at Division I or Division II level. These standards are not just academic in nature, but also pertain to maintaining a student’s “amateurism.” YSC Academy teachers and administrators work in concert with the NCAA to ensure that our coursework meets NCAA’s core course standards so that our students have every collegiate opportunity available to them. The NCAA considers a student’s grades starting in 9th grade, as well as his SAT score or ACT sum score, in order to determine his academic eligibility. For more information contact our College Counseling office.