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Student Athletes who have aspirations of competing athletically as freshman at an NCAA Division I or Division II school must meet NCAA Initial-Eligibility minimum standards. including minimum core course GPA and SAT/ACT test score requirements. 

We, the Athletic and Counseling Departments, recently purchased the program Core Course GPA. This is a web-based software program, available to all Bishop O’Dowd High School student-athletes and their parents/guardians free of charge.

Core Course GPA is an innovative tool that allows you to easily track your son or daughter’s progress towards meeting these requirements, beginning as soon as the first semester of their freshman year.

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CORE COURSE GPA WEBSITE

 

college2_700x400Recruiting Resources

Take a look at some of these resources for more information about the college recruiting process.

8 Myths of College Recruiting »

Official & Unofficial Visit Information »

10 Things to do on Official Visit »

Sport Specific Recruiting Information »

 

 

 

Freshmen Year

  1. Read the 2016-2017 NCAA Guide for the College Bound Athlete
  2. Read information at the NCAA Eligibility website
  3. Begin building your athletic resume by tracking your academic and athletic accomplishments. (Click here to view a sample athletic resume)

Sophomore Year

  1. Check for changes in the 2016-2017 NCAA Guide for the College Bound Athlete
  2. Read information at the NCAA Eligibility website »
  3. Continue building your academic and athletic resume of accomplishments. (Click here to view a sample athletic resume »)
  4. Meet with your Bishop O’Dowd counselor to discuss college athletics and the NCAA required core courses.
  5. Begin building a list of 15-30 colleges you are interested in across all colleges from the links below (Dl, Dll, Dlll colleges) , NAIA colleges »
  6. Notify the varsity head coach of your desire to participate in college athletics along with your list of 15-30 colleges you are interested in.

Junior Year

College coaches may contact student-athletes directly beginning September 1st

  1. Check for changes in the 2016-2017 NCAA Guide for the College Bound Athlete
  2. Review the recruiting calendars and rules for your sport
  3. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and write down login info.
  4. Notify the Registrar in the Bishop O’Dowd Counseling Office that you’ve completed your registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Email Christine Abdenour: cabdenour@bishopodowd.org at 510-577-9100 Ext. 605
  5. Meet with counselor to review the required core courses and make sure you are on track.
  6. Meet with your varsity head coach to discuss an appropriate level of college athletics (i.e. Division I, II, III, NAIA, junior college)
  7. Register to take the SAT and/or ACT before January and have all scores sent to the Eligibility Center. Use the NCAA Eligibility code “9999” as a score recipient
  8. Continue to compile and revise your list of prospective schools, gather contact information for coaches at each school and make the initial contact.

Senior Year

  1. Continue contact with college coaches
  2. Meet with your counselor to discuss college admissions and any recruiting information you received in the summer
  3. Narrow and finalize list of colleges and gather application information for each
  4. The student-athlete MUST complete a full application to be admitted to a college.
  5. Complete all testing requirements, essays, letters of recommendations, etc.
  6. Complete SAT and/or ACT testing.
  7. Know the deadline for each individual college.
  8. Go on college visits and enjoy yourself. Your counselor and coach can help determine the types of questions to ask on the college visit, both athletic and academic.
  9. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in spring. Even if you do not think you will qualify for aid, athletic departments often use this information.