ATHLETICS in COLLEGE
Students who play sports in high school may consider playing sports at the collegiate level. In order to make that decision, students need to consider some of the following questions:
- Sports are offered at most colleges and some two-year colleges and career schools. What level are you interested in playing? – Division I, Division II, Division III? Junior College?
- Do you have the necessary skills to compete at your desired level? What input have you had from your current coaches? College coaches??
- Are you mainly interested in playing at the collegiate level for scholarship money? (only D-I and D-II colleges can offer scholarship money for athletics).
- Can you meet the academic-eligibility requirements? These requirements include core courses requirements and SAT and/or ACT minimum score requirements, and vary between D-I and D-II.
As you consider the option of being a student-athlete, make yourself knowledgeable of the recruitment guidelines. These can be located at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Clearinghouse website and the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (which covers two-year colleges) website.
Remember that the final decision of acceptance to a college is not based on your athletic ability, but on your ability to meet the regular academic admissions requirements. In order to be qualified for D-I or D-II athletics, a student must be certified as academically-eligible by the NCAA. For D-III schools the academic-eligibility varies by each school/conference. Students interested in being qualified for D-I and/or D-II colleges should begin the registration process no later than the beginning of the senior year. Also, clearinghouse registration needs completed prior to an “official” visit. To register you will need the school’s CEEB code which is 391875.
Be sure to be discussing your plans on athletics and college with your parents and coaches, as well as your school counselor.