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Information for Prospective Student-Athletes

IMPORTANCE OF ACADEMICS
Many athletes falsely believe they can make it to college based on their athletic ability alone. Although an athlete may be talented, he or she will have a very difficult time advancing to the next level without passing the required high school classes, maintaining a minimum core grade point average and achieving sufficient standardized test scores. 

Academics are important in regard to recruiting and scholarships. Strong academics are impressive to college coaches. Coaches only recruit a limited number of high school athletes and good grades can help an athlete standout just as much as athletic ability. Furthermore, grades are often a major factor in awarding scholarships between two athletes with equal talent. Athletes are an investment to coaches and universities. Grades are a vital factor in staying academically eligible in college and ultimately graduating from the university.

 

TYPES OF COLLEGE SPORTS 

Fall Season

Cross Country (M & W)
Field Hockey (W)
Football (M)
Soccer (M & W)
Volleyball (M & W)
Water Polo (M)
 
Winter Season
Basketball (M & W)
Bowling (W)
Fencing (M & W)
Gymnastics (M & W)
Ice Hockey (M & W)
Rifle (M & W)
Skiing (M & W)
Swimming and Diving (M & W)
Track, Indoor (M & W)
Wrestling (M)
 
Spring Season
Baseball (M)
Golf (M & W)
Lacrosse (M & W)
Rowing (W)
Softball (W)
Tennis (M & W)
Track (M & W)
Volleyball (M)
Water Polo (W)


RESEARCHING COLLEGE TEAMS BY SPORT

Link Athletics is a great website to learn about college sports by researching specific sports by state and by school.

 
COLLEGE ATHLETIC ORGANIZATIONS
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an association for college sports that has been around since 1906. There are over 1,000 four-year member colleges in the United States that compete at the Division (I), Division (II), and Division (II) level.
 
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is an association for college sports that has been around since 1940. There are nearly 300 four-year member colleges in the United States and Canada.
 
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is an association for college sports that has been around since 1938. There are about 500 two-year colleges in the United States
 
The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) is an association for college sports that has been around since 1966. There are about 102 four-year colleges in the United States. 
 
NCAA & NAIA ELIGIBILITY CENTERS
The NCAA Eligibility Center is the governing body that determines whether a student will be allowed to compete in NCAA Division (I) or Division (II) athletics.

The NCAA Freshman-Eligibility Quick Reference gives information on the general core courses it takes to qualify for Division (I) and Division (II) athletics.  This website outlines eligibility guidelines for prospective student-athletes of NCAA institutions.
The NAIA Eligibility Center is the governing body that determines eligibility for prospective student-athletes who hope to participate at a member institution.  

Prospective student-athletes who plan on participating at either an NCAA (DI or DII) or NAIA member institution must register with the respective organization in order to be eligible to participate in an intercollegiate sport once on campus.