INFORMATION FOR STUDENT ATHLETES
Athletics is an area of special talent that can make a difference in the college admissions and financial aid process. At most colleges, athletics are regulated by the rules established by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) which divides all college sports programs into three divisions known as Division I, II, and III. The recruitment and enrollment of college athletes are governed firmly by the NCAA's rules for each division.
To be eligible to participate at the Division I or II level, where full athletic scholarships are awarded, students must be certified as eligible by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.
Suggestions for the Student Athlete:
- Inform your high school coach that you are interested in playing that sport in college. Ask the coach if he or she is available to college coaches.
- Prepare and mail a short letter of introduction and an athletic resume to college coaches.
- Become familiar with the NCAA rules regarding the recruitment of athletes.
- Inform your counselor that you are interested in competing in athletics at the college level.
- Register with the NCAA Clearing House if planning to play a sport at a division one or division two college the summer before senior year. Visit www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
Resources for Prospective College Athletes:
- A Guide for College-Bound Athletes and Their Parents: This pamphlet has a good sample letter, athletic resume, and bibliography.
- NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete: A free publication and the best place to start to familiarize oneself with the rules, philosophy, and organization of the NCAA. Most athletic directors and guidance offices are mailed free copies each year.