Student Athletes


Get Ready to be a College Student-Athlete

We know that researching colleges and picking a school can be hard enough—and if you’re planning on becoming a student-athlete, it can be even more difficult to decide where to go! And we’re here to help! Check out the tips below, and plan a visit to learn more about SMC!


Tips for student athletes:

Plan a visit. Set up a time that you and your family can visit prospective schools. Take a tour and talk to students and admission counselors to learn more about what you can expect as a student-athlete. You want to make sure you can see yourself on campus and in class - not just on the field or court.

Talk to a coach. Whatever your sport, you’ll want to meet with a prospective school’s coaches to learn about their program, coaching style, and what you can expect: from making the team to competing at the college level. You’ll also want to find out about training, conditioning, and medical insurance.

Talk to other student-athletes. Find out what a typical day for a student-athlete is like. Every team is different, so ask enough questions to learn what to expect at any school you are considering.

Research deadlines and eligibility requirements. SMC has 14 men's and women's NJCAA teams. The NJCAA has many different resources to help you meet deadlines and prepare for eligibility. Check them out at the link above to discover the facts about entering schools in different divisions, registration, college coursework and more. If you have more questions, reach out to a coach or admission counselor at the schools you’re interested in.


Ready to learn more?

Learn more about athletics at SMC, and if you have any questions specific to applying to college as a student-athlete, schedule a visit. We’d love to hear from you!


About SMC

Since 1911, Spartanburg Methodist College has been dedicated to offering an affordable, private, Christian-centered education to students of all religious and non-religious backgrounds.

As a two-year college, our specialty is helping high school students transition successfully into the college environment. Your first two years of college count at SMC, where you’ll receive an Associate Degree in one of six program areas. Earning an Associate Degree means you’ll have a college degree after only two years. Your degree coursework will then easily transfer to nearly any major at four-year colleges and universities across the state and nation, where you’ll enter as a junior.

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