If you’re serious about it, then you have to be serious about your academics… now. There is a strong tie between academics and your likelihood to get an athletic scholarship. In other words, your grades and your choice of classes count.
Specifically, here’s what the NCAA says:
To participate in Division I athletics or receive an athletics scholarship for the first year of college, a student-athlete must:
-> Complete the 16 core-course requirement in eight semesters:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
- 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by the high school)
- 1 extra year of English, math or natural or physical science
- 2 years of social science
- 4 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy)
-> Earn a minimum required grade-point average in core courses
-> Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches the core course grade-point average and test-score sliding scale. (For example, a 3.000 core-course grade-point average needs at least a 620 SAT).
Student-athletes enrolling in college in August 2016 and later must meet all of the above requirements to receive aid in the first year and practice in the first term. In order to compete in the first year, prospects must meet all of the above and:
- Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in core courses
- Meet an increased sliding-scale standard
- Complete 10 core-courses prior to the start of the seventh semester, at least seven in English, math and science.
- If a student-athlete earns nine credits in the first term, he or she can continue to practice the remainder of the year. If not, he or she can remain on aid but can’t practice.
For more details visit the NCAA website.