The winter season is a great time to get started with your college search and college rowing recruiting process. The best place to begin is to use college websites (including the athletic/rowing page of the school website) and reference books to gain as much information as you can about the schools and rowing programs in which you are interested. Think about where you want to go to school, how far from home, whether you like an urban campus or a campus further away from a city and what size school appeals to you.
We know that it is hard to find the time to make the visits during racing season so we suggest using the non-racing season to make as many visits as you can. For those of you in the colder climates, winter training is beginning and it is a great time to visit schools. Be sure when you visit, that you take the time to meet with the rowing coach. Meeting the coach gives you an opportunity to ask questions about the school and the program. It also gives the coach a chance to get to know you. A face to face meeting with the coach will be a huge benefit when you continue your communication with the coach through e-mail or phone.
Remember-your time will be very limited once the spring racing season starts, so try to get as much done now as you can. We know that your non-athlete friends (and many high school guidance counselors) will not understand why you are starting so early-but trust us, now is the time to do it.