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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. NCAA student-athletes graduate at rates equal to or higher than college students in general.

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Well-Being

We work hard to protect college athletes, physically and mentally in and outside of competition. The NCAA promotes safety, excellence and wellness in student-athletes.

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Fairness

All college athletes deserve a fair shot. Respect, integrity and responsibility are important on and off the field. More men and women are competing in NCAA sports than ever before.

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Academics

Less than half of first-generation students strongly agreed they would have attended a four-year college had they not been an athlete. Providing opportunities for learning is at the heart of our mission.

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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

Students deserve a real education. Division I schools are now subject to stronger academic integrity standards.

 
 

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.

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Unlimited Meals

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

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 of its kind.

LifeLong Success

Gallup says former student-athletes, particularly women, are doing better than other college graduates in most measures of well-being in adulthood.

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.

 
 

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.

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Living Expenses

The cost of college doesn’t stop at tuition. As of 2015, Division I schools can cover the full cost of attendance for student-athletes.

Opening Doors

Life is made better by diverse viewpoints and experiences. We want everyone to have a fair shot at success after college.

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.