College athletics is an extension of high school athletics, but generally on a more competitive level. Many students plan to play intercollegiate sports, but this could be on the club level or on a DI, DII, or DIII team. The NCAA is made up of more than a thousand institutions that play in leagues with specific rules.

Not all of these sports are played at each college. Visit the athletic website at the colleges you are considering to determine if your sport is played there.

Playing collegiate sports requires a great deal of research to understand what to do and what not to do. We provide thorough guidance in the athletic recruitment process, including the academic requirements and process of applying to colleges as an athlete. No matter what level you want to play, we will help you get there. 

Evaluate whether you want to play college sports or solely pursue academics. Cedric Dempsey states in his NCAA introductory letter on the web that the odds of a high school football player making it to the pros is 6,000 to 1, while for basketball it is 10,000 to 1. The requirements of an athletic scholarship can be rigorous. In addition to excelling at your sport, you must balance academics as well. When you can be traveling a few days a week, your courses may be difficult. If you decide to play collegiate sports, find out what support services the school offers and what the school does if you miss days of class.

You must first decide what Division is the most appropriate for your interests and abilities. Ask coaches for their input.


Division I is the most competitive. Scholarships are granted at most Division I schools, many Division II schools, and some Division III schools.

Division I– To be a Division I school, they must sponsor a minimum of seven sports for men and seven for women or six for men and eight for women. Division I schools may award sports scholarships, although the number varies from sport to sport. They must also provide a minimum amount of institutional financial aid awards to student-athletes.

Division II – An institution must sponsor a minimum of four sports for men and four for women. Division II schools may offer scholarships.

Division III– An institution must sponsor a minimum of four sports for men and four for women. Division III schools may not award any type of award based upon athletic ability, although need may constitute a financial aid award.

Determine your eligibility. You must meet the minimum NCAA requirements. There are basic academic requirements with specific courses, GPA, and SAT scores.

Whichever level you plan to pursue athletics in college, we support you throughout the entire process. We help you analyze the requirements for each school, clarify choices, and help you find your perfect college fit.