Most people aren’t thinking of their child’s college prospects when they first sign them up for fencing classes. As they get a little older, though, the thought of what will look good on a college application becomes a very real consideration. It not only looks great in terms of admissions, but when you start the scholarship application process as well.

The Elements of a Great College Application

The elements of a great, noticeable college application don’t really vary from school to school. Your application serves as a resume,, your essay gives the admissions officers a glimpse at your personality, and your lists of academic and extracurricular achievements show not only your dedication to sticking with an activity but your ability to create work-life (or school-life) balance.

Students who fence spend several hours per week in the gym and tend to stick with it for years, no only as students, but as competitors as well. Fencing illustrates a very specific type of focus and discipline and students must have a good internal sense of drive to stick with it. Information about tournament wins or your chance to represent your school or locality in a specific championship will look great on your application. While you train as a team, your accomplishments are individual to you.

The Statistics Don’t Lie

Colleges put a lot of time, effort, and money into their athletics programs and fencing is no exception. According to the Academy of Fencing Masters, the average number of athletic high school students who will transition from high school sports to collegiate level competition is approximately 7.6% for male students and 7.9% for females. When it comes to fencing, those numbers shoot up to 29.6% and 38.2% respectively. That’s a huge margin!

But what does it really mean to you? It means your child’s odds of actually being accepted in a college fencing program are much higher than they are with any other sport. This also increases your odds of seeing your child accepted in a Division I or II school – the ones who can offer scholarships for attendance for the sport.

There is, of course, no way to guarantee you will get into your top pick in terms of colleges; but Including fencing on your application will definitely give you a unique edge. The time, effort, dedication, and skill you’ve put into fencing will not only show as you create your list of activities and achievements, but will be apparent throughout the entire application and interview process. Good luck!