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To begin answering the question of "Do scholastic athletic scholarships bring worthy students to school and should they be continued?" we must first
answer key terms within this two-part question. On a side note, the last part "..should they be continued?" is answerable in conjunction with the
First, let us define a key term, "worthy students." As we see, athletes can only be evaluated in terms of their academic merits and whether their
achievements are suitable for any given school.
Let's take Duke University, for example, and examine the academic achievement of the average freshman student. The middle 50% of first-year students
had SAT scores ranging from 1330-1520 (1) as opposed to the minimum of 1010 for NCAA specifics. As well, 76-100% of students had a high school GPA of
3.0 or higher as opposed to the minimum of 2.0 set by the NCAA. As well, what DreamLandMafia forgot to take into account, was that this 2.0 only
applies to core courses and not to the overall GPA for athletes.
As we can see just from this one university, there are many a student that are overlooked by universities, each year, in exchange for an athlete and
quite frequently, an athletic scholarship. Quite literally, what athletic scholarship recipients lack in the classroom, they make up for in physical
But, do not confuse this as a generality to apply to all student-athletes. There are many that would have been accepted into a university regardless,
but for the majority, they are accepted based on physical ability.
Now, let's take a look at some of the more prestigious academic institutions, namely the Ivy League Schools.
1945 The first "Ivy Group Agreement" is signed, applying only to football. It affirms the observance of common practices in academic
standards and eligibility requirements and the administration of need-based financial aid, with no athletic scholarships.
The Ivy League schools continue rank among the top schools in the United States, according to USNews. This year, the top four schools are all Ivy
League schools.(3) None of these schools feel athletic scholarships should be given to unworthy students. Yet, these schools still actively
participate in sports.
On terms of shear athletic ability, recipients of athletic scholarships are worthy. But on the basis of their academic achievements, they are, in
general, not worthy of such scholarships.
1) Duke University's Academic Averages
2) Ivy League Sports History
3) College Rankings 2005