Recruiting & Transfer
If you have a passion for running and want to explore the possibility of continuing to run, train, and compete when you transfer then use this page to help you find a school!
- Write down your major and your best times in cross country and track.
- You want to find colleges that offer your degree and that fit your competitive profile as a runner. You can start by scrolling down to the "Start Here" section. There are links for regional and national rankings for 4-year colleges, infographics on playing in the NCAA Division 2, and the complete registry of NCAA colleges and what sports they offer. Use these to help you find schools that have running programs. It is helpful to find a school that is ranked and then also look at the other colleges in their conference.
- Once you find a college that has both running and your major you need to contact that coach by emailing and calling them. In addition, let Coach Marco know so he can assist you. Don't be discouraged if they don't get back right away. You need to be persistent.
- Finally, you should visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website and create a profile (click here). All student-athletes who enter the NCAA system need to have a complete profile. Coaches use this to confirm your academic and athletic eligibility. If you are looking at NAIA schools you visit the PlayNAIA website (click here).
TIP: Know how much money you are willing to spend on tuition, room & board, books, etc. for college. You can eliminate schools that are too pricey and/or let you know how much financial aid you need.
Getting financial aid for athletics (i.e. a scholarship) is very rare - even for the best of runners. How much money a team has to give out varies by college. That should not be your main goal. If you do qualify for a scholarship that is a bonus! You should also count on using any financial aid or other scholarships you qualify for to help you pay for college. Your running talents can get you into a school you might otherwise not have been accepted to.