Are you thinking about playing college sports? If so, here’s what you need to do to get ready.
First, you need to know more about the three NCAA®divisions:
Division Iis the biggest and most competitive NCAA division. Colleges that compete in Division I must offer scholarships—many cover full tuition—to their student-athletes.
Division IIathletic programs are smaller and less competitive than those in Division I. Most student-athletes don’t get full scholarships, but many get financial aid.
Division IIIprograms are the least competitive. Division III colleges don’t offer sports-related financial aid but do recruit athletes, which can help you get into a college that wants you in its program.
Students who want to compete at aDivision I or Division IIcollege must meet standards set by NCAA members. For Division III, athletes must meet the admission standards set by each college. Find out more about eligibility standards on the NCAA website.
Next, take these steps to make sure you’re thinking about your high school academics and postcollege career plans proactively:
When you’re in 9th grade:
Ask your counselor for a list of your high school’sNCAA core coursesand learn more about the academic requirements for both Division I and Division II
This is important because your high school’s graduation requirements might not satisfy the NCAA or the colleges you want to attend