If you are a student athlete looking to continue playing your sport in college you need to be familiar with the NCAA and and their eligibility requirements.
Incoming student-athletes in Divisions I and II are subject to academic initial-eligibility standards, which take into account standardized test scores, number of core courses taken in high school and the grades earned in those core courses. The requirements for Division I and Division II are slightly different. Students can calculate their NCAA GPA using the Eligibility Worksheets. In addition to NCAA requirements, they also must also meet the unique acceptance requirements of the university they plan to attend (those requirements may exceed NCAA standards).
Division III institutions hold student-athletes to the same overall standards for the institution in which the student-athlete is enrolling and do not require eligibility through the NCAA. This division also does not offer scholarship money for sports.
The Ivy League schools also do not offer money for sports.
Click here to access the Guide for Student Athletes.
Students should start speaking to coaches and visiting campuses as early as Sophomore year if they are trying to be recruited for a sport. They may want to make a video, and free sites such as CaptainU and BeRecruited are great ways to both get in touch with coaches and keep track of your contacts.
For more information, please visit the NCAA's website and see their FAQ page.
This website is also a great resource - http://www.tier1athletics.org
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