Stop trying to diminish it as though Yale could be greatly improved. The girl got into yale, one of the top schools in the world, she’ll be set for life, and she’ll be able to play lacrosse too, that’s amazing, good for her! Best of luck. Parents need to stop worrying about the lacrosse team, and start realizing the academics, that’s all that really matters. No one cares if you win a national championship, however every job you apply for Will care if you graduated from Yale. This site is so toxic and ridiculous…
Mostly agree, but you can actually have all of that and a good lacrosse team if you choose Penn, Princeton or Stanford (too far) or NW (far, but a real shot at a championship). The other schools that have chances at championships are definitely not even close academically. It’s a shame that Yale, Harvard and Columbia can’t get their lax teams straightened out!
“If you choose Penn, Princeton or Stanford or Northwestern “ …. Pretty sure those programs have to choose the player. Relatively very few players receive offers from the schools that you mentioned, it’s not as simple as “choosing “ …. The school has to offer you a spot.
As far as Yale, Harvard and Columbia getting their lax teams “straightened out” it will not happen anytime soon. There is not enough talent to go around, that is why we see the same 10 - 15 teams always at the top. It’s not just the three schools that you mentioned, a lot of very good schools have a hard time bringing in top tier talent.
Congratulations to the young woman and her parents and best of luck to all who are going through the process. Be thankful for all of the opportunities that this sport provides.
Yes, all valid points. However Penn and Princeton have strong lax and top academics, Yale, Harvard and Columbia should be able to also. I guess it is harder than it seems. NW is really the only top 10 school that has the whole package, despite not being in a traditional east coast setting. Wonder how they do it?
Define "whole package". As for how they do it, well that's pretty simple... Northwestern is an excellent academic institution, with a very rich history / tradition in women's lacrosse, the program is fully funded and has incredible facilities, the coaches have the ability to bring in just about any player they want regardless of the players academics although they are reluctant to bring in players who they believe will struggle academically, NU does not work off of an "Academic Index" the way The Ivy's do and they do not have a "slot" cap like Duke does, Northwestern is not only fully funded for Athletic Scholarships they also have excellent need based aid. Big 10 Athletics, a beautiful campus, nice town (Evansville) and close proximity to Chicago, and a very good coaching staff.
Bottom line, the majority of top recruits want to go to one of the top programs.
I would say that the whole package is top 10 academic, top 5 lacrosse. A school with a legitimate (not long shot) chance at National Championship. Otherwise you sacrifice one or the other. I personally would want my daughter to go the best academic school she could get into that has decent lacrosse, rather than the lower academic school with a strong chance of a championship. But…..the school has to want her!
Interesting that you say that you want your daughter to go to the best academic school yet you seem to prioritize lacrosse when talking about The Whole package…. Top 5 lacrosse but Top 10 academic… ;-)