Finish Your Academic Year Strong

Summer is almost here, but that doesn’t mean you can slack in the classroom!

Academics play a big role in recruiting, and that’s why being able to show a solid academic resume is as important as having a great skills video or impressive stats. Coaches evaluate recruits based on more than just athletic talent. The academic ability of recruits is extremely important to college coaches. With summer approaching, stay focused these last few weeks and keep those grades up. Remember, it’s a lot easier to drop your GPA than it is to increase it.

Be sure to know your academic requirements

Academic requirements for athletic eligibility vary slightly depending upon which level of college you attend. Every school has academic standards, and you need to be prepared to meet them.

NCAA Division I

  • Sliding scale that matches ACT and SAT scores with your core grade-point average
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in required core courses

NCAA Division II

  • Minimum ACT sum score of 68 or an SAT score of 820
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in required core courses

NCAA Division III

  • Academic standards for athletes are not determined by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Athletes in Division III are required to meet the same overall academic standards required by the university or college for all students.

NAIA (Student-athletes must meet two of these three.)

  • Minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT
  • Minimum overall high school grade point average of 2.0
  • Graduate in the top half your high school class

Given the new college rules, an athlete can no longer get by with low grades, nor can the student retain scholarship. Bad grades can be very expensive. College is not easy, even for students who are able to devote the bulk of their time to classes and studying. For a student who is also spending a great deal of time playing sports, good study habits and a committed work ethic are non-negotiable.

Make sure you’re working just as hard in the classroom as you are on the field. Map out your recruiting game plan and start seeking out scholarship opportunities by  Clicking here, or call 866-579-6272 to speak to a recruiting expert.

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