Playing Sports in College -- Even If You Were Not Recruited

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Sports are very important in many high school students' lives, and athletes often dream of joining a university-level team when the time comes. Unfortunately, however, college recruiters can't possibly see all of the athletic talent in the country, which means that not every student-athlete can be recruited for a college-level team.

Even if you don't get recruited, however, there are still plenty of opportunities to play sports in college — but the hunt for a college with athletics should start in the beginning of the college search. Division I and II colleges and universities usually offer scholarships, while Division III provides the opportunity to play but is typically less competitive and may not offer scholarships. There is also the option of attending a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) institution. These schools are typically less competitive than NCAA schools, but do often provide scholarships.

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