Tips To Becoming A Student Athlete

 

Do you have what it takes to play sports in college? Many students do - either at the varsity level or in clubs and intramurals.  Each athletic division has their own athletic and academic eligibility requirements. More competitive divisions may want to see videos of your events.   It’s a good idea to keep a record of all your stats, awards and accomplishments.   Fill out the athletic questionnaire on each college website & call or email the athletic director/coach.  Game on! 

Varsity Sports 

  • NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association 
    The NCAA includes schools in Div I, Div II, and Div III.  They follow academic eligibility and recruiting rules.  Div I and Div II schools can provide athletic scholarships, but full-ride scholarships are rare. Div III schools do not offer any athletic scholarships.  But don’t rule them out.  These colleges may provide merit scholarships to make up for the lack of athletic scholarship money. 

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, if you are interested in a Div I or Div II school 

Register with the NAIA Eligibility Center

  • NJCAA - National Junior College Athletic Association
    The NJCAA's mission is to promote and foster two-year college athletics in an affordable and competitive environment. Many scholarship opportunities are available. 
     
  • Club and Intramural Sports 

    Colleges also offer club and intramural sports leagues.  These are typically less competitive than varsity sports.  Club teams usually play against other colleges while intramural teams play other teams within the college (“intra” meaning within, “mural” (or muralis) meaning the walls).  Students take part in these teams to compete, have fun, and stay fit.  

Take Action  

GuidedPath includes information on college profiles about sports offered at the varsity, collegiate club, and intramural level. Evaluate the difference between the different athletic divisions.    
Take the "Athletic Worksheet" survey in GuidedPath.   
Use GuidedPath to determine if a college you like offers your potential sport. 
 

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