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Opportunity

It’s what everyone wants – and what college sports provide.

More than 1,100 member schools are united around one goal: creating opportunities for college athletes.

How do we do that? By prioritizing academicswell-being and fairness.

Academics

Providing opportunities to earn a college degree is at the heart of our mission. Student-athlete graduation rates are the highest ever, with 80 percent earning their degrees.

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Well-Being

We were founded to keep college sports safe. Today, we work hard to promote safety, excellence, and physical and mental well-being for student-athletes.

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Fairness

All college athletes deserve a fair shot. We focus on respect, integrity and responsibility, both on and off the field, so that college sports prepare student-athletes for life.

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Academics

Providing opportunities for learning is at the heart of our mission. The NCAA sets academic standards so student-athletes get the most out of their education and build skills for success in the workplace and in life.

Academic Standards

We’ve raised the bar for incoming student-athletes, ensuring they’re ready for college.

Measuring Success

The NCAA closely tracks graduation rates for college athletes. What are we seeing? The rates are higher than ever.

Accountability

Only teams that make the grade can participate in championships, and Division I schools' share of NCAA revenue will be tied to academics.

What’s Next

Division I schools are now subject to stronger academic integrity standards so students get the most out of their education.

 

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Well-Being

In 1906, the NCAA was founded to keep college athletes safe. We are working hard to protect them physically and mentally, on the field and off.

Concussion

We’re leading innovations in the science and treatment of concussion, investing $30 million with the U.S. Department of Defense on the largest study ever.

Unlimited Meals

Since 2014, Division I student-athletes have enjoyed unlimited meals and snacks from their schools. Division II did the same in 2015.

Best Practices

By collaborating with the leading sports medicine organizations, we’re working to provide student-athletes the best care possible.

What’s Next

College athletes should be healthy mentally as well as physically. We’re working to change the conversation and culture around mental health.

 

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Fairness

All college athletes deserve a fair shot. Respect, integrity and responsibility are equally important on and off the field. We are committed to them. Always.

Lifelong Success

A Gallup study found that the benefits of college sports continue for student-athletes long after they graduate.

Living Expenses

Division I schools can now cover the full cost of attendance for student-athletes, as well as help with special financial needs not covered by scholarships.

Honoring Commitments

Guaranteeing scholarships regardless of athletic performance or injury offers peace of mind.

What’s Next

We’ve listened to students about how they spend their time. Starting this year, Division I student-athletes will have more flexibility to take advantage of the full college experience.

 

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