College Process

High School Academic Checklist

Freshman Year

  1. Meet with your high school counselor and inform them that you want to play college athletics. They will then make sure you are taking the proper courses.
  2. Go to www.ncaa.org and look up information regarding information on eligibility and recruiting. I suggest that you download a copy of the “NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.”
  3. Prepare yourself to attend an NCAA Division I program. Even if you are not planning to play D-I, it is better to be prepared and have the option then to prepare for D-II, D-III or NAIA and be missing a requirement.

Sophomore Year

  1. Meet with you high school counselor and make sure you are on track to meet all of your requirements by reviewing your academic progress.
  2. Look up national testing dates to take Pre-ACT (PLAN) and/or Pre-SAT (PSAT).
  3. Check www.ncaa.org for any rule changes regarding eligibility and recruiting. The easiest way is to download a NEW copy of the “NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.” (Remember, rules can change from year to year.)

Junior Year

  1. Meet with you high school counselor and make sure you are on track to meet all of your requirements by reviewing your academic progress.
  2. Check www.ncaa.org for any rule changes regarding eligibility and recruiting. The easiest way is to download a NEW copy of the “NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.” (Remember, rules can change from year to year.)
  3. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly know as NCAA Clearinghouse)
  4. Make sure your high school counselor sends your transcripts to the NCAA Eligibility Center and the end of your Junior Year.
  5. Look up national testing dates to take ACT and/or PSAT.
  6. Prepare for the ACT and/or SAT by taking a prep class.
  7. When you take the ACT and/or SAT, make sure you request that your scores are sent directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  8. Take the SAT II, if you are considering a school that requires it.

Senior Year

  1. Meet with you high school counselor and make sure you are on track to meet all of your requirements by reviewing your academic progress.
  2. Check www.ncaa.org for any rule changes regarding eligibility and recruiting. The easiest way is to download a NEW copy of the “NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.” (Remember, rules can change from year to year.)
  3. If you have not already done so, Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly know as NCAA Clearinghouse) http://eligibilitycenter.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.html
  4. Make sure your high school counselor sends your transcripts to the NCAA Eligibility Center and the end of your Junior Year.
  5. At the end of your Senior Year, make sure your high school counselor sends your Final Transcript and Proof of Graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  6. If needed, Re-take the ACT and/or SAT, make sure you request that your scores are sent directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  7. Ask your college coach/ potential colleges where you are considering attending about applications, application deadlines, application waivers and anything else on how to apply to the school and for financial aid.
  8. Submit all applications to all colleges that you are considering.
  9. Research and apply for Financial Aid at all colleges that you are considering attending.
  10.   Complete and submit FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).   http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  Even if you do not think you will qualify, submit an application because many other scholarships require that you have filled this out as a starting point.
  11.   Research and apply for outside scholarships. The internet is a great tool for this research.