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
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.
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.