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Transcript release process:

Before your transcript can be released to a college coach or recruiter, please complete the Transcript Release Form and turn it into the Counseling Center.

 

For more information,      contact Kathleen McCann, School Counselor and NCAA/NAIA liaison

kathleen.mccann@oside.us

760-901-8041

College Athletics

Playing Sports in College

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If you have had a successful athletic career in high school and are hoping to play your sport in college, there are two avenues.

1. NCAA: The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a member-led organization dedicated to providing a pathway to opportunity for college athletes. Member representatives serve on committees that propose rules and policies surrounding college sports. Members ultimately decide which rules to adopt – everything from recruiting and compliance to academics and championships – and implement them on campus. The NCAA consists of 3 divisions.

  • Division 1 : In general, Division 1 schools have the biggest student bodies, manage the largest athletic budgets, and offer the most generous athletic scholarships.  

    • D1 eligibility requirements

      • Complete 16 core courses ( 4 years of English, 3 years of math, 2 years of science, 1 additional year of English, math, or science, 2 years of social science, 4 additional years of English, math, science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy)

      • Qualifying SAT/ACT score

      • Minimum 2.3 GPA 

    • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Division 2 Division 2 schools offer a “partial-scholarship” model for financial aid in which most student-athletes’ college experiences are funded through a mix of athletics scholarships, academic aid, need-based grants and/or employment earnings.

    • D2 eligibility requirements

      • Complete 16 core courses (3 years of English, 2 years of math, 2 years of science, 3 additional years of English, math or science, 2 years of social science, 4 additional years of English, math, science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy)
      • Minimum 2.2 GPA
      • Qualifying SAT/ACT score

    • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Division 3 : Division 3 schools do not offer athletic scholarships but the majority of student-athletes do receive some form of merit or need-based financial aid. If you plan to attend a Division 3 school, you do not need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Eligibility depends solely on admission to the college.
  • How does COVID-19 affect NCAA eligibility for students who will enroll in college in 2021-22?
    • Students who enroll full time in a collegiate institution during 2021-22 will receive an automatic initial-eligibility waiver that will allow them to qualify without submitting SAT/ACT scores. Students will be certified solely on GPA and core course completion.

2. NAIA: The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is a governing body of small athletic programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Member colleges are typically smaller campuses and tend to be private.

  • NAIA eligibility requirements

    • Student-athletes must meet two of three of the following requirements

      • Minimum 2.0 GPA

      • Minimum SAT score of 970 or minimum ACT score of 18

      • Graduate in the top 50% of the class

    • Due to COVID-19, the Council of Presidents has approved an exception to initial eligibility rules for incoming freshmen in the 2021-22 academic year. A student without a satisfactory SAT/ACT score can become eligible by having a minimum 2.0 high school GPA. They will be required to earn at least a 2.0 collegiate GPA to maintain eligibility.

    • Every student-athlete must register with the NAIA Eligibilty Center

  • Financial Aid: NAIA colleges decide independently how to distribute money and how much to give. Some offer partial athletic scholarships, while others rely more on academic or need-based grants and scholarships.