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From registering with eligibility centers to signing a letter of intent, the college application process is different for student-athletes.  Get in the Game:  Tips for Student-Athletes and Their Families breaks down the process into ten steps to help you identify a college where you can pursue both your athletic and academic interests.

NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)


The NCAA Eligibility Center works with you and your high school to help you prepare for life as a student-athlete and meet initial eligibility requirements.  If you want to play NCAA sports at a Division I or II school, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.  College-bound student-athletes in Division III can also create a Profile Page to receive important updates about being a student-athlete and preparing for college. 

Here are some important NCAA links to guide you through the process:


NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)


The NAIA is an alternative organization to the NCAA.  Membership consists of 250+ smaller colleges and universities from the United States and Canada. is the official clearinghouse for NAIA eligibility.  Every student-athlete must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center to play sports at a NAIA college or university.


NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association)


The mission of the NJCAA is to promote and foster two-year college athletics. 

Due to the unique academic and athletic situation of each individual, and the complexity of the NJCAA eligibility rules, it is recommended that each potential student-athlete discuss their athletic eligibility with the athletic personnel at the NJCAA college where they have chosen to attend. 

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