Athletes: NCAA Eligibility
Students interested in participating in athletics during their freshman year of college, should check out the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) web site for eligibility guidelines. If you are interested in playing at a Division I or Division II college, you must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. As Division III does not use the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse, contact Division III schools directly for their policies on admission, financial aid, practice and competition.
We suggest that student athletes do the following:
- Let your counselor know that you are interested in competing in athletics at the Division I or II level. This is an extremely competitive process. In almost all cases, students are recruited by colleges for the level of sport. To be eligible to participate at the Division I or II level, students must be certified as eligible by the NCAA via the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.
- Inform your high school coach that you are interested in playing that sport in college. Work with the coach and ask if he or she will contact college coaches on your behalf. Give them a copy of your athletic resume.
- When visiting colleges be sure that you have read the NCAA Guidelines which will inform you of the rules regarding contacting college coaches.