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College Bound Athletes

Sports in College: Want to Play on a College Team?

Think you've got what it takes to play sports in college? You might, but unless you're making headlines, college coaches are not going to come knocking on your door. Most athletes aren't actively pursued by colleges -- and when they are, it's a strictly enforced rule-bound process. If you hope to make the team and perhaps even score athletic scholarships, you have to get your name out there.

Checklist for College-Bound Student-Athletes

1.   Register at the beginning of your sophomore year at

2.  Ask your high school counselor to send your transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of your junior year.

3.  Take the ACT or SAT and use the code “9999” to have your official scores sent directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

4.  Check with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate on time with your class and have the required amount of core courses.

5.  Request final amateurism certification during your senior year (beginning April 1).

6.  Ask your high school counselor to submit your final transcript with proof of graduation.


Helpful Links

NCAA Initial Eligibility Resource Index

NCAA Division I Initial Eligibility- Academic Requirements Powerpoint