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Is it bad if I am only considering colleges that have my sport in division 1?

I love my sport and it is a huge stress reliever for me, causing me to only consider schools with great teams. Usually people make sure their major has a great program at the school and THEN sports/hobbies, but I am doing it backwards. Is that okay as long as my college has my major too? #sport #psychologymajor #school #priorities #applying

not gonna lie, this questions cracks me up. But honestly is sports does play a big role in your life then it should be something to consider. I'm not an expert, but choosing a good school is not just about academics, but the life you're gonna live there. Tbh, I wouldn't make it my top priority that a school is D1 but look at it holistically. Is the psychology program good too? Does it have the right professors? Would I find a community here? Don't rule out the possibility of visiting some of the higher schools on your list! Angelina N.

After playing D1 sports at a very good school, I would say to make sure that you choose a school based on the actual school, not just the sports. Although many of my teammates had intentions of playing sports all 4 years, it did not work out for all of them and thankfully they were still happy at the school even without the sports. Caroline P.

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I would make sure you are also looking at colleges academically too. What if you get injured and your major is what you will fall back on. Sports are great to follow because that seems to be your desire and dream but you have to look at your future. I would make sure your school fits you academically and physically. Make sure your professors fit your needs academically because you will need good grades to stay on a sports team. Also, talk to coaches and your advisor to see if they have good academic programs for athletes because playing a sport in college can be draining but you will need to keep your grades up. When visiting colleges ask the coaches how their players choose that school and how they juggle sports and schoolwork.

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For the undergraduate degree, as long as they have a decent psychology program, you should be good to go. When you get to grad school however, choose the best academics. And FYI, in most states you have to be licensed to do clinical work. And most states require a doctorate in psychology to be licensed. But you can be licensed as social worker or professional counselor with a masters degree. I have a BA in Psychology but then got the Masters in Social Work so I could get my license. Good luck!