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The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed.

Student-athlete success

More than $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships is distributed each year along with access to medical care, academic support services and first-class training opportunities.

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Nearly 1,100 colleges and universities in NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III collectively invest in improving the experiences of student-athletes.

Student-athlete success on the field, in the classroom and in life is at the heart of our mission.
Spotlight: NCAA Academic Progress Rate

With notable increases in football and men’s basketball, student-athletes continue to improve in the classroom, earning record-high marks as measured by the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. The most recent four-year APR for Division I athletes is 978. Men’s basketball players earned a 961, up four points. The football rate increased five points to 956. Women’s basketball increased two points (975), and baseball is up two points (969).

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A gray matter

Concussion and its consequences are complex, but fear has surged ahead of science. To catch up, researchers funded by the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense teamed up in the largest concussion study in history. They hope to turn anxiety into answers. Read More >

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We are a member-led, higher education association that appreciates the impact a college degree can have in transforming a life. NCAA employees come to work every day believing in their ability to make a difference.

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Voices

"I've heard people say, 'you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family.' Well those people were obviously not student-athletes."

– Leslie Smith, field hockey player for the University of Michigan