Academic eligibility Requirements for Varsity Esports
Just like traditional sports on college campuses, your child needs to make sure that they have a good academic track record in high school and college if they want to be recruited onto a varsity roster. Some of these requirements include:
- Any entering freshman must be a graduate from an accredited high school or have attained a GED.
- Any entering freshman must meet at least two of the following three criteria.
- A minimum ACT score of 18, a score of 18 on the Enhanced ACT for GED students, or a score of 860 on the SAT.
- An overall high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (a GED fulfils this requirement).
- An incoming freshman must have graduated in the upper half of their high school class, with proof of class rank on an official transcript or via an official letter from the principal of the high school.
- The student must enroll for a minimum of 12 college credit hours.
- The student must make normal progress towards a bachelor’s degree and maintain the minimum GPA at school.
Some universities may have different or more prerequisites to joining their schools’ esports rosters and applying for esports scholarships. The best way to know all the requirements is to ask the school(s) your kids hope to attend.
They Can Get Scholarships Too?
Esports is a relatively new sport at the collegiate level, but it is growing quickly. Some of the programs do offer esports athletic scholarships for the top players. Scholarships can include tuition, room, board, peripherals, and/or books. The best way to earn an athletic scholarship for esports is to continually update your recruiting profile, actively communicate with the head esports coaches at the school of interest, and have strong grades.
Though esports is a new and emerging industry, colleges and universities have seen the opportunities and began investing in esports programs. These include practice spaces on campus where the teams can come together and practice, tournament centers where students can come and cheer on their home team, and live broadcast spaces to host the games. All of this is brand new, and if your child is serious about esports, this can be an amazing opportunity to get a scholarship while pursuing their passions.
If your child would like to hone their skills in anticipation of recruitment, we here at Esports Tower can help. At Esports Tower we offer bi-weekly coaching sessions, and weekly opportunities to play in a tournament setting, all for $5 a week… the same price as a fancy latte.