The role of academic eligibility in college sports

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The role of academic eligibility in college sports

High School student athletes do have guidelines that they need to follow in order to be able to play intercollegiate athletics. The NCAA has a portion of their organization called the Clearinghouse. On the NCAA Clearinghouse -- actually, now it's called The Eligibility Center -- they, very specifically, delineate the 16 courses that student athletes must complete in High School, in order to become eligible. They also have an algorithm that states if you have such-and-such GPA, what is the minimum SAT score that you need to achieve in order to be eligible. If student athletes do not meet these academic requirements, no matter what scholarship they've been offered, they will not be able to put that uniform on the first day of practice; unless they have made it through the NCAA academic portion of the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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