Academic Faq

1. What major (field of study) can I choose with an athletic scholarship?

Athletic Scholarships regulate only the cost of studying and are not conditional on the choice of your major. Enrollment in college for athletes is identical to the registration of all other students. What you are able to study, depends on what the university offers in its academic program.

2. Which universities can get an athletic scholarship at?

Athletic scholarships are offered by Community or Junior Colleges (2-year study), Colleges and Universities (4-year study).

"Sport Us College" collaborates with a number of higher education institutions from all categories, including:

  • junior-colleges has such as Tompkins Cortland Community College;
  • many state universities such as San Jose State University, CSU Fullerton, UConn, University of North Carolina, Stony Brook University;
  • private universities such as Missiouri Valley College, Saint Mary's College, Holy Names University;
  • and the world's finest Ivy League universities such as Harvard, Cornell and Princeton.

3. What characterizes the American educational system and what are its advantages?

The American system of education differs significantly from European. Besides the existance of organized sports competitions and the possibility of obtaining athletic scholarships, there are several other differences in the athletic and academic sense.

a) Flexibility: If they wish, students can choose a specific major from which they wish to receive a diploma even after 2 years from the beginning of the study and remain as "undecided majors until then". Then at the latest by their third (junior) year of study, they choose a "major", which refers to the concentration of subjects or a diploma. It is possible to change the major at any time, but for the first two years one has the possibility to take many different subject in order to investigate their own interests. If you do not know exactly what you want to study, this option in the American education system is ideal for you.

b) Semesters and trimesters: The academic year may consist of 2 semesters or 3 trimesters, and it depends on the policy of each individual university. If the program is divided into semesters (most universities), the first semester runs from August to December, and the other from January to May. There is the option of summer school from May to August, as the third semester. If teaching is divided into trimesters, then the academic year is divided into 3 intervals in the same year period from August to May.

c) Credits: To graduate, each student must complete approximately 120 credits at most schools. This amounts to between 15 and 20 credits per semester, or 15 to 20 hours a week. Each class is calculated on average to 3 to 4 credits. Students choose subjects at the beginning of the semester for themselves. For student-athletes this is invaluable, because they can devote time to daily training for athleetic development, and that it does not affect the completion of the college degree.

d) Assessment (GPA): The system of assessment is different from most European educational systems. Ratings are on a scale from A to F in which:

A = 4 points, and is equivalent to the best possible grade

B = 3 points

C = 2 points

D = 1 point, which is the lowest passing grade and can be at times considered a failed class (exceptions)

F = Fail (repeat course).

To get a Bachelor degree, one should have an average of 2.0 points, or C grade point average. This minimum average should be maintained due to athletic competition as well, because with a GPA below the specified limit, the athlete loses the right compete in athletic contests and jeopardizes the possibility of renewing their athletic scholarship for the following year. For the Masters degree, one should have a B average or 3.0 GPA.

e) Ratio teacher - student: American universities are great institution equipped with great features. Studying is better adapted to each individual than in most places in the world. Classes are usually composed of 20-30 students which allows teachers to devote more attention and time to each individual. The teacher-student relationship is very close and often teachers give students even their personal phone numbers in case if they require further clarification and assistance. Some schools offer free tutoring services, and this is another advantage that the athletes can benefit from.

4. What are the requirements to study at American universities?

Requirements for admission to a university with an athletic scholarship are the same as for all other students. To study in the United States one must have completed 12 years of schooling, there are exceptions to this rule in some states that allow admission to junior college after 3 years of secondary school. If you are already a student at a college, there is a possibility to transfer the credits from your old school and enroll in a college in United States. In such cases there are complex regulations regarding age restrictions for athletes, which must be individually checked for each division and organization.

5. What is the SAT test?

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude / Assessment Test) is a combined test of English language and mathematics, which is necessary for admission to most American universities and the NCAA Clearinghouse. One can register for the SAT test through an official test site - www.collegeboard.com. To get into American universities most commonly used is the SAT Reasoning Test, and the Subject test is taken only in exceptional circumstances.

* To confirm testing dates, please consult the official site of the test or testing-center.

6. What is the TOEFL test?

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a test of general knowledge of English required for admission to the university. Registering for taking the TOEFL test is possible through the official test site - www.toefl.org.

* To confirm testing dates, please consult the official site of the test or testing-center.

7. What is the NCAA Clearinghouse?

NCAA Clearinghouse is a specialized agency of NCAA organization that awards the license to participate in competitions to athletes. Registering with the NCAA Clearinghouse is mandatory for anyone who will compete in NCAA competition. Further information and registration can be found at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. 

8. Can I get a sports scholarship for a master's degree or graduate school?

Scholarships are predominantly offered for undergraduate studies, or Bachelor degree, but it is possible in exceptional circumstances to be able to compete while studying at the Master's level, or so-called graduate studies. The particularity of this case is reflected in the license to participate in the competition (eligibility), which was then much shorter, and depends primarily on the number of semesters spent in undergraduate studies. Due to the complexity of this regulation, it is necessary to handle each case individually and check the rules of the NCAA and NAIA organization to determine whether the candidate is able to obtain such grants. Therefore, we recommend that you fill out our free and non-binding application might should provide us with enough information to be able to assist you.

9. What is the difference between college and university?

The difference between college and university is only nominal. The division of the college and university refers to the size of its school, student population and similar criteria. What is important is that both institutions award the same Bachelor degree.