As a college bound Student-Athlete, you have additional criteria to consider when you begin your college search. Your search will not be easier or more difficult because of athletics, it will just be different!
Use the resources on this page to help you through the process. As with any other facet of post-secondary planning, share your goals and plans with your school counselor and ask for help/advice as needed.
View the Power Point “College Search Strategies for Student-Athletes” to guide you step by step.
- Review the NCAA Quick Reference Guide for all the NCAA eligibility information you need to know.
- Become familiar with the different NCAA divisions and rules for eligibility. The document NCAA Membership Differences is a good resource.
- Determining academic fit is just as important as athletic fit. it is important to realize that colleges are looking for matches as well.There are many factors used to evaluate applicants. The top factors continue to be: grades in college prep courses, strength of curriculum, overall grade point average, and standardized tests. Activities, volunteerism, recommendations, and athletic participation/contribution will also be factors.Students who are legacies, minorities, or who come from underrepresented geographic areas, may also have an advantage. Use your Naviance resources (college search, college match, college compare, college profiles) to assess academic fit.
- After considering the college environment, size and location, majors and selectivity, use the Link Athletics website to investigate each college’s athletic program, resources for athletes, coaching staffs.
- It then becomes time to focus on you as an individual. use the “Useful Links” ( scroll all the way down the page to Student Athletes) for student athletes and the resources above to find the best matches for you.
- Once you’ve developed a list of potential matches, it’s time to Get Noticed. Try the website “Contacting College Coaches”, “The Athletic Resume” and “Sample Athletic Resume” to help you write your cover letter and athletic resume. Once these pieces are developed, email your introduction/cover letter to the coach.
- Remember that most colleges are very good ones, but not all colleges are good matches for you.
- Don’t let the process become overwhelming. Start early and set short term goals to accomplish one thing at a time.
- If you decide that you wish to compete at the NCAA Division I or II level, you must register with the NCAA. Go to the NCAA Eligibility Centerand create an account.
- If you have registered and have completed your junior year, you must request a transcript be sent to the NCAA using the online method explained here..