Playing Sports in College

College athletic websites have student-athlete questionnaires for interested student to complete during 10th, 11th and 12th grade. This is one way for high school students to communicate to the college their interest in being considered for the athletic program.

NCAA Eligibility Center–Division I or II

Student-athletes interesed in competing at a Division I or Division II college or university must complete an application with the NCAA Eligibility Center. To qualify factors such as high school grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, and high school course work are considered. The application is online and there is a fee to apply.

It is suggested that the application for the NCAA be completed during the spring semester of junior year. However, it is a good idea for 9th and 10th graders to research the academic requirements needed to qualify by the Eligibility Center early in their high school careers to assure they are on the right track.

The NCAA also has rules about official visits, recruiting, and signing letters of intent that the student-athlete needs to consider. The website has all the information needed for potential student-athletes. Look for the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.

Once the application is completed, the student must request their high school transcript be sent by the counseling office. ACT scores must be sent directly to the NCAA from ACT.  Transcripts should be requested at the end of junior year, for review over the summer.