Once you have decided that college is a goal, the next step is proper planning. You will need to make sure you are taking the correct classes that meet eligibility requirements for admission. Each college or university will have their own specific requirements, but the NCAA requirements are a good starting point. Check with your school guidance counselor to make sure you are on track.

  • Graduate from high school.
  • Complete these 16 core courses (A-G Requirements):
    • ✓ Four years/Eight semesters of English
    • ✓ Three years/Six semesters of math (Algebra I or higher)
    • ✓ Two years/Four semesters of Natural or Physical Science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
    • ✓ One additional year/two semesters of English, math, or natural or physical science
    • ✓ Two years/four semesters of social science; and
    • ✓ Four years/eight semesters of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy).
  • Earn a 2.000 grade-point average or better in your core courses. And,
  • Earn a combined SAT score of 820 or higher or an ACT sum score of 68 or higher.

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**Note: Many Four-Year Colleges have Additional Admissions Requirements**

REMINDER: Meeting a college’s academic requirement does not guarantee your admission into that college. You must apply for college admission, and meet all college deadlines and dates for the required paperwork.

  • College coaches who have a relationship with the admissions department and can offer “admission support” will often choose a player that is the better student first. Coaches do not look for students who possess athletics ability only.
  • The higher level academic universities require higher levels of academic success for admission. Start working early at being a good student.
  • You can potentially double the number of colleges you can attend and participate in rugby at by having at least a cumulative 3.5+ GPA.


More complete and specific answers to academic questions can be found either with your academic counselor or advisor.

  • Start planning now!
  • Meet with your counselor early in your freshman year to discuss your high school and college goals.
  • Work hard to get the best grades possible. Stay focused on your schoolwork.
  • Take challenging classes that will prepare you for college.
  • Investigate college requirements.
  • Take classes that match your high school’s list of college-approved coursework.
  • Take interest and skills assessments to help you think about possible career options.
  • Participate in meaningful extracurricular activities.
  • If you fall behind, do not take short cuts. Classes you take should be four-year college preparatory.
  • If you receive a less than satisfactory grade in a college-required course, there is time to repeat and improve your overall grade point average.
  • Register (early) to take the ACT, SAT or both.
  • Take SAT Subject Tests if required by the colleges you are interested in attending.
  • Continue to take college preparatory courses.
  • Take a rigorous course load. This is your most important academic year!
  • Get to know your teachers. They will likely write college recommendation letters for you.
  • Before registering for classes for your senior year, check with your high school counselor (or with a professional certified academic advisor) to confirm the number of core courses that you need to complete your senior year.
  • Meet with your counselor or other guides and advocates to discuss your progress and future plans.
  • Attend college and financial aid events.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Consider possible career options and investigate the type of education that is needed.
  • Request materials from schools that interest you and visit their websites.
  • Request admissions and financial aid forms.
  • Research private scholarship options.
  • Arrange campus visits to those schools that interest you.
  • Before registering for classes for your senior year, check with your high school counselor (or with a professional certified academic advisor) to confirm the number of core courses that you need to complete your senior year.
  • Take the ACT and/or SAT again, if necessary. The majority of colleges will use the best scores from each section of the ACT or SAT to determine your best cumulative score.
  • Continue to take college-preparatory courses.
  • Continue to work hard to get the best grades possible.
  • Graduate on time (in eight academic semesters).
    • September-November
      • Arrange campus visits to those schools that interest you (it is okay to visit more than once).
      • Take or retake the ACT and/or SAT in the fall.
      • Select the schools to which you will apply. Make a list of deadlines for each school.
      • Create a resume of your academic, athletic, work activities as well as other achievements.
      • Ask for recommendations (if required) from teachers, counselors, coaches, and others who can comment on your abilities and talents.
      • Attend a financial aid event.
    • December - February
      • Apply to four or more colleges that interest you. Some many have earlier or later deadlines. Make copies of each application.
      • Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1.
      • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy.
      • Apply for scholarships offered by the colleges to which you have applied.
    • March - May
      • Have your final high school transcript sent to the colleges to which you have applied.
      • Choose a college and notify in writing those you do not plan to attend.
      • Notify the rugby coach of your admissions to the institution and confirmation of attendance.
      • Send in any required forms (Statement of Intent to Register) and/or deposits.