Guide to College Recruitment

Ever wondered about ...

... being a student-athlete in college?
... how to academically prepare for college as a student-athlete?
... how to athletically prepare for college as a student-athlete?
... how to get recruited for a college scholarship?
... how to select a college that is right for you?
... how to get certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse?
... the NCAA recruitment rules and regulations?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, check out the following:

Here are some of our thoughts for helping you explore these issues:

Step 1: Your Academic Goals, Achievements, and Expectations

Always keep your eyes on the academic prize. Academic strength is the prerequisite for a successful college and professional career.  Talk with your parents, coaches, teachers, and counselors about your academic goals and academic expectations for high school and college.

If you want to participate in athletics or receive an athletics scholarship during your first year in college, you must:

  • Graduate from high school;
  • Complete these 16 core courses:
    - 4 years of English
    - 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    - 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab  science if offered by your high school)
    - 1 extra year of English, math, or natural or physical science
    - 2 years of social science
    - 4 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy);
  • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses; and
  • Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course grade-point average and test score sliding scale.  For example, a 2.40 core-course grade-point average needs an 860 SAT (verbal plus quantitative scores only.)

Step 2: Your Athletic Goals, Achievements, and Expectations

Talk with your parents and coaches about your athletic goals and expectations for high school and college.  To give you an idea for athletic standards at Division I colleges, here are the expectations for walk-on and scholarship athletes for track & field and cross country at Loyola Marymount and Florida State:

Loyola Marymount Standards 2/12

Florida State Standards 2/12

Step 3: Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

It will cost you $65, but it is a critical piece to maneuver the recruitment maze:  Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at and explore the many resources on their website.  You will receive an ID number that you will need when communicating with and contacting colleges during the various recruitment stages.

 Carefully Review the information in the “NCAA 2011-12 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete”. You will learn about

  • Academic eligibility, including core courses, GPAs, SAT and ACT Test Scores
  • Division I, II, III
  • Athletic scholarships and financial aid
  •  Recruiting rules, including contact periods, unofficial and official visits, verbal commitment, letter of intent
  • What is means to be a certified amateur student-athlete
  • NCAA sponsored sports


Step 4: Explore the Academic and Athletic Opportunities

Check out all the colleges that interest you to learn about their academic and athletic expectations, strengths, and opportunities.  You will (almost) always find the relevant information by doing a Google searches for: 

“{insert your favorite college}, prospective student, admission”  and 
“{insert your favorite college}, athletics, recruitment”.

Remember, coaches and athletes have to follow NCAA recruitment rules.  To learn about your and the colleges rights and responsibilities, carefully review the “NCAA 2011-12 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete” that you can download at


Step 5: Pick the college that is right for you

This is a discussion for you, your parents, coaches, teachers, and counselors.