Fencing in College
Having fencing listed as an interest on your child’s college application could “make the difference between going to a ‘good’ college or university and a ‘great’ college or university.”Fencing gives that extra advantage when applying to higher education. Of course academia is important, but fencing gives the impression that the student is well-rounded on a whole additional level than most sports.
Often referred to as “physical chess,” fencing is one of the few sports that exhibits a combination of physical prowess, mental acuity, and strategic thinking – and colleges eat this up.
For example, Columbia University welcomes fencers with open arms by stating on their website that … “Good colleges are looking for good students who will contribute to their college. Each year, some straight A students with 1600 SAT’s are rejected by colleges (don’t worry, they get in someplace) because they have little to offer; they simply regurgitate information … they have no creative spirit. The fencer is unique. The fencer brings experiences that enrich the college, just as an accomplished poet or violinist do. This is the type of person the Admissions Directors like to have represented in their stacks of applicants. Being a fencer is a distinct advantage for the college applicant.”
 Fencing for Fitness, Fun, and Medals, “Social Benefits” [website page]. Retrieved January 13, 2014 from http://www.fencingforfitness.com/social-benefits.html 1/13/14.
 “Fencing & College” [web post]. Retrieved May 4, 2014 from http://hubcityfencing.com/general-information-about-fencing/fencing-college/.