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Walk on versus preferred walk on?

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Are you a scholarship athlete or a walk on?

With all the college and university terminology circulating out there for athletics, here are three terms you are going to want to understand.

Preferred Walk On

A preferred walk-on offer means the coach would like you on the team but can’t offer any financial assistance at least for the first year. Preferred walk-ons can earn a scholarship going into their second season, but nothing is guaranteed. Preferred walk-ons arrive at college with a roster spot guaranteed. They get help with admissions. Aid does depend on the sport. They can be cut at any time in camp. While the preferred walk on does not receive athletic scholarship monies, they do receive free gear and uniforms.

Walk On

Walk-ons, however, arrive at college without a guaranteed roster spot. They are required to attend a round of tryouts to make the team. There are no do-overs or second chances. Walk ons have the opportunity to compete for scholarships in later years, but preferred walk-ons are often first in line for available monies. Universities programs will assist student-athletes with admissions whether or not you are a preferred walk-on or a scholarship athlete.

Unrecruited Walk On

An unrecruited walk-on participates in open tryouts for a chance to make the roster. Most often the athlete qualifies for admission to the school and communicates with the coach before the tryout. Like preferred and recruited walk-ons, unrecruited walk-ons don’t receive any financial assistance. However, they can earn a scholarship down the line.

If you are set on a specific college or university and do not receive an offer from a coach, but are in positive communication with them, there is a chance of you going to your dream school and becoming a walk on. If this is something you are interested in please reach out to us here at ASM Scholarships. We can help you!