Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Health and Nutritional Sciences

First Advisor

Bryan Romsa


influence, mid-major, motivation, NCAA Division I, sport, swimming


Student-athletes face an ever-increasing challenge of selecting a higher education institution that meets their desired criteria academically and athletically. Coaches and recruiters have sought to discover how to best recruit student-athletes over the history of college athletics. Understanding these factors can assist coaches and athletes to create athletic programs to best fit the desired student-athletes. This study examined the factors that influence the college selection process of mid-major NCAA Division I, male and female swimmers. The instrument utilized in this study was the Student Athlete College Choice Profile Survey (SACCPS). The participants included 141 student-athletes from seven mid-major NCAA Division I university swim programs representing two regions of the United States of America. The article discusses the most important factors utilized in the selection process of a higher education institution by mid-major NCAA Division I swimmers. The findings displayed a difference of top ranked influential factors and the degree of importance between genders. Practitioners may use these findings to streamline their marketing and recruiting efforts.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Swimmers -- Education (Higher)
College choice.
College athletes -- Recruiting.
National Collegiate Athletic Association. Division I.



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



Rights Statement

In Copyright