A student athlete that plans to pursue athletics at the collegiate level and possibly receive an athletic scholarship needs to apply for NCAA eligibility. In order to be granted this eligibility, students should carefully consider course selections that meet the NCAA approval early on in their high school career. These selections include 16 core courses with a minimum grade point average. Students must also obtain minimum scores on the SAT or ACT. Work closely with your high school counselors, talk to college admissions officers, and listen to your parents and coaches. Remember, meeting NCAA academic requirements does not guarantee admission into college.
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While high school grades are a very useful indicator of how students will perform in college, there is a great variation in grading standards and course rigor within and across high schools. Standardized testing is used to help colleges and universities identify students who could succeed at their institutions and to connect students with educational opportunities beyond high school.