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If you want to become a student-athlete, you must first take care of your "student side".

  College-bound student-athletes who want to compete for Divisions I and II programs must be certified academically (and also as an amateur) by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

NCAA Eligibility Center certification does not necessarily mean that a college-bound student-athlete will be accepted for admission at a Division I or II member college or university since institutional admissions requirements often are more restrictive than NCAA initial-eligibility standards. Any college-bound student-athlete should prepare for the academic side of college as though the athletics experience did not exist.

Division III does not require NCAA Eligibility Center certification. To participate in Division III athletics, a student-athlete must have been admitted as a regularly enrolled, degree-seeking student in accordance with the regular, published entrance or admissions policies of that college or university.

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The NCAA’s dramatic changes to DI initial-eligibility academic standards are now in effect for current high school freshman (class of 2016). The changes include a higher minimum GPA, higher SAT/ACT test scores and new credit requirements for juniors. Any student-athlete beginning high school in the fall of 2012 or after, who is even remotely considering the possibility of playing a sport collegiately, needs to fully understand these changes. The wiggle room to correct academic shortcomings has been greatly reduced.
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