Collegiate athletic associations are responsible for ensuring that only an appropriate standard of student-athletes are admitted to university and awarded scholarships.
These include the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which has a three division set up. Under NCAA rules, Division I & II schools can offer scholarships to athletes playing a sport, whereas Division III schools cannot offer any athletic scholarships, and that generally larger schools compete in Division I and smaller schools in II & III.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) also organises college and university-level athletic programmes. Each has its own initial academic and sporting eligibility criteria, to allow participation in events arranged by them.
Five or more different academic subject passes at GCSE grades A-E or Scottish Standard grades 1-7 including maths, English, science and social studies (history, geography etc.) with an overall average of grade C or 3.
The NCAA applies a sliding scale for the minimum SAT scores that are required for acceptance to NCAA Division I colleges. This will depend on your average academic grade. The higher your average academic grade is, the lower the minimum SAT score required.
C or 3 grade average overall in GCSE subjects, Scottish Standards, or an alternative qualification such as GNVQ or GSVQ if the school authorities can confirm that his/her marks were in the "Top Half" of the class.
A student must have a minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT (if you take the SAT more than once, combining scores is NOT acceptable) to compete at a NAIA institution.
Talented individuals who do not qualify for either of the above may be able to gain admission to a junior college. Each college will set its own entrance requirements. Only 25% of scholarships at a junior college can be given to international students.
NJCAA colleges in general do not have a minimum passing score for the SAT although individual colleges may set one.
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