Over one thousand U.S. colleges and universities offer opportunities for talented students to play for the college team as a means of paying for their education.
The key to being successful in your search for athletic scholarships is to meticulously research your options and look for the right opportunities. Some points to consider as you begin your search:
- Start early. The application process is competitive and requires careful planning. Start your research approximately 18 to 24 months prior to the date you plan to attend a university in the United States.
- Graduate from secondary school or high school. Find your country in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) International Standards for Student Athletes.
- Find a school. See the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Sport Listing to find participating U.S. institutions.
- National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
- National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
- Athletic Scholarships
You may also want to think about drafting a sports CV, bio, or resume that includes your athletic accomplishments and recording videos of your performance in games/events. Start thinking about letters of reference from your coaches and other mentors to help them express how they view your potential to succeed and represent the institution with a sports or athletic scholarship.