Student-athletes who have a desire to participate in college-level sports should have a good understanding of the criteria set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), particularly in Division I and Division II. It is important to take note of the specific core courses and achieve minimum ACT/SAT test scores. As of now, aspiring athletes are required to complete a minimum of 16 core courses.
Students contemplating participating in NCAA Division I or II should make sure to sign up with the Eligibility Center before their senior year or during their junior season in order to finalize the online application. It is advisable for juniors to take either the ACT or SAT exams and indicate the code "9999" to have their official scores sent directly to the NCAA. Additionally, transcripts should also be submitted by the end of the junior season.
Please consult your counselor to verify that you are on schedule to graduate alongside your peers and have completed the necessary core courses. When senior year comes to a close, remember to request that your counselor submits your final transcript as evidence of your graduation.
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Guide for College-Bound Student Athlete
Summary of the rules and regulations in easy-to-read form. Guidelines relate to recruiting, eligibility, financial aid and college freshman eligibility requirements for Divisions I & II.
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
The official site of the NAIA provides up-to-date information on collegiate teams and activities.
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)
NACDA serves as the professional association for those in the field of athletics administration, providing educational opportunities and serves as a vehicle for networking and the exchange of information to others in the profession.
National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)
The NCCAA is an association of Christ-centered collegiate institutions whose mission is to use athletic competition as an integral component of education, evangelism and encouragement.
Founded by former coaches and ESPN executives, this is an excellent site for athletes to get information on the recruiting process, and post their athletic resumes and videos for coaches to review. Some features are free and others cost a nominal amount.
National Directory of College Athletics
Listings of all senior and junior colleges that compete in intercollegiate athletics including addresses, phone and fax numbers, administrators, head coaches and assistants, trainers, equipment managers, sports information directors, video coordinators, strength coaches, PE directors, faculty representatives, affiliation, conference, enrollment, school colors, nicknames, and facility information. Additionally, there are records and information regarding the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, NACDA, Conferences, and more.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
The NCAA's Core purpose is to govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner, and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
The purpose of this corporation shall be to promote and foster junior college athletics on intersectional and national levels so that results will be consistent with the total educational program of its members.
NAIA Eligibility Center
Register to determine your eligibility to play at an NAIA school.
A national scholarship for any athletes involved in high school sports.