Collegiate Sports Levels

Which collegiate sports level are you best suited to play in? 

Student-athletes can learn how they compare to others by attending college camps and showcases. They can also get advice from their current coaches.  It’s important to not be stubborn about this; thinking that you are a division I athlete when coaches clearly know you are not, will make your recruiting process miserable. College coaches are reluctant to respond to athletes who do not meet the level of competition for their program.

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The largest and most competitive of the collegiate sports levels,  the NCAA encompasses more than 460,000 student-athletes competing in 24 sports every year. Member schools support their student-athletes’ academic success by providing state-of-the-art technology, tutoring and access to academic advisors. More than eight out of 10 student-athletes will earn a bachelor’s degree, and more than 35 percent will earn a postgraduate degree.  

Click HERE to learn more about the three NCAA divisions.

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NAIA colleges and universities are a great option for high school athletes who wish to continue playing sports at the college level, but who also want to concentrate on life after college. NAIA schools pride themselves on being part of a small community, consisting of colleges and universities with smaller populations. NAIA offers athletic scholarships. Students will need to register through the NAIA eligibility center in order to meet the necessary requirements to participate in athletics at this level. 



Student-athletes who wish to attend a 2-year college can participate in the NJCAA. These colleges are often able to offer student-athletes scholarships if the school has the funds available. Athletes interested in participating at the junior college level do not need to go through an eligibility process; they only need to meet requirements of the junior college they wish to attend. Some student-athletes plan to attend a junior college first to get a feel for playing sports at the college level, then complete their education at a 4-year college.

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