Hundreds of USA athletic scholarships are available to Australian student-athletes each year, but finding these opportunities can be a long and arduous process. Being recruited to play college sports in the USA is extremely difficult, even for the most talented global athletes. There are many rules, regulations, and procedures that international athlete-students are subject to. Before committing to the ambition of achieving a sports scholarship, all students must do vigorous research to be informed about all the requirements.
United States colleges welcome Australian student-athletes because they enrich and enhance the learning experience for their students and, at the same time, assist students who might not have been able to afford a college education in the United States. As an international student, you have a diverse background and perspective on life that United States universities value.
If you are an outstanding athlete in your sport, you are seen as someone who will contribute not only on the athletic field but also academically and socially. Over 600 colleges offer sports scholarships to athletes. Scholarships are provided in the following sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling.
Before you apply for an athletic scholarship, you should follow the steps listed below:
- You must have graduated from high school. There are minimum core requirements that you must fulfil. You will need to read the “NCAA Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility” Pay particular attention to the requirements for “Australian Athletes”.
- You must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, formally called the NCAA Clearinghouse and forward all required documents to them.
- Create your unique student-athlete profile for coaches and universities to see and recognise your abilities in athleticism, academics, and community experiences
Getting an athletic scholarship can be highly competitive. There are more than seven million high school athletes, but only one percent of them will get a full-ride scholarship to a Division I school in the U.S.
How College Connexxions Can Help
One of the ways we help student-athletes is by creating a Student-Athlete Profile. This is a customised, professional web profile that showcases the person, athlete and student. Once this is complete, we’ll use our comprehensive database of coaches and contacts and begin the extensive communication process with them to find your right fit college.
We also provide our knowledge from our experiences and successes, sending many brilliant student-athletes to outstanding universities in the U.S. We believe that every talented athlete deserves sincere consultancy to know what’s best for them. We are always prepared to help as much as we can.