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Student Athletes

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 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. The Clearinghouse's website explains the academic standards and process needed to be certified. This NCAA form is available in the Guidance Office.

Interested students need to complete and return the white copy of Clearinghouse's three part Student Release Form to the Clearinghouse along with a $27 fee. The yellow and pink copies go to your guidance counselor.

At a Division III college, where athletic scholarships are not awarded, admission offices generally look favorably upon student athletes who also meet the college's academic entrance requirements.

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  • 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.
  • Counselors can outline the athletic recruiting process and what the role of the student should be in that process.
  • Register with the NCAA Clearing House if planning to play a sport at a division one or division two college.