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I am a national level badminton player. Can that be a criteria for recruitment in stanford?

I want to apply to stanford through athletics. I play badminton, but as it is not a varsity sport, i am not sure if it will raise my chances for admission. #sports #college #athletics #college-admissions


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Kimberly’s Answer

Focus on activities that will build your resume and make you stand out as a person, as a student, and as a leader. Badminton will get you nowhere. It is a hobby, and a backyard sport, not a future. Look to gain experience in areas like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Cyber security, robotics, internet of things (IOT)... Build your network within your community through clubs, academic activities, and volunteering. This will speak volumes about who you are than sports, especially non main stream ones.

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James’s Answer

Stanford only has badminton as a club sport. Badminton is not currently sanctioned/regulated sport by the NCAA. thus there aren't any scholarships available.

Keep playing if it continue's to bring you joy. You can always petition the NCAA to consider making it an officially sanction sport. You may start a movement!

Best wishes in your search!

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Dave’s Answer

Stanford has a "club" badminton team for students and staff that is very active. But they do not have a varsity team, so it is unlikely that your badminton skills will directly aid you in gaining admission.

Dave recommends the following next steps:

check out Stanford badminton's website: http://web.stanford.edu/group/badminton/cgi-bin/wordpress/

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Rod’s Answer

Do not just focus on one specific school. Keep your options open by looking at several schools. If sports is your best way of getting into a University then do some research and find the schools that offer scholarships in your specific sport.

Agree! Good luck Priyanka!! melanie a. winns

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