College Athletics

Students who plan to enroll in college as a freshman and participate in Division I or II athletics, must register with the sports association in order to determine eligibility status.

The NCAA is the largest and most well known of the college sports associations. When you watch college sports on TV, you’re usually watching NCAA athletes. The NCAA oversees three levels of play:

Division I is the biggest and most competitive NCAA division. Colleges that compete in Division I must offer scholarships — many of them full — to their student-athletes.

Division II athletic programs are smaller and less competitive than those in Division I. Most student-athletes don’t get full-ride scholarships, but many do get some financial aid for playing.

Division III programs are the least competitive. Division III colleges do not offer sports-related financial aid. Still, these schools recruit athletes, and being one can help you get into a college that wants you in its program.

In order to determine eligibility status a student must register with the NCAA.

NCAA Eligibility Presentation

Another sports association is the NAIA.  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.  This association has two divisions:  I and II. In order to determine eligibility with the NAIA, a student must register with the NAIA.

It is now required that the ACT and SAT scores be sent directly from the testing agency to the Eligibility Center.  The 4 digit code used during the registration process for the ACT or SAT to indicate scores should be sent to the Eligibility Center is 9999. 

The NCAA and NAIA will require a transcript at the end of the junior year and after graduation.