If I can’t get a scholarship to play sports in college, I’m not good enough to play sports in college. FALSE
- There are many collegiate athletic opportunities for different level athletes. See 5 Levels of College Sports
If I can’t get a scholarship to play sports in college, it’s a waste of time. FALSE
- Employers value college athletes for their discipline, work ethic, focus, teamwork, ability to multi-task and time management skills.
- Sports can help you get into a college you may not get into otherwise.
- Sports are valued extracurricular activities that can help students excel academically and socially in a new environment.
- See Reasons to Play Sports in College
I’m getting recruited for sports, so I don’t need good grades or test scores. FALSE
- Being recruited for college athletics doesn’t guarantee admission to college.
- Most college athletic programs have strict academic requirements for eligibility.
- Strong grades and test scores reflect preparation for academic success in college.
- See Recruiting Highlights
My grades are good enough for high school competition, so they are fine for college. FALSE
NCAA Divisions I and II require a min GPA in "CORE" Courses PLUS a matching ACT/SAT score on a sliding scale.
A core course must:
Be an academic course in one or a combination of these areas:
- English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science,foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy;
- Be four-year college preparatory; and
- Be taught at or above your high school’s regular academic level (no remedial courses, those taught at a slower pace or those that cover less content).
- See ETHS NCAA Course List
- See Eligibility Overview and NCAA Quick Reference Guide for minimum GPA and test scores required.
How good are my chances of making it to the next level?
- See NCAA Estimated Probability of Competing in College Athletics
- Overall 7.6% of males and 7.9% of females participate in college athletics in all 5 divisions (NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, & NJCAA)