Integration. Fairness. Equitable Competition.
A commitment to academics and student-athlete success in the classroom is a vital part of the NCAA’s mission to integrate athletics into the fabric of higher education. The NCAA pledges to help student-athletes achieve their academic goals as well as their athletics goals.
NCAA members schools create rules to ensure that the Association’s 430,000 student-athletes compete on equal footing. The membership has implemented policies to help student-athletes prepare for the rigors of college coursework and to progress toward graduation once they enroll. Various NCAA committees and the national office staff members work to make sure the rules are applied fairly.
Different divisions have different academic requirements, but the Association’s belief in student-athletes as students first is paramount. NCAA student-athletes annually outperform their student-body counterparts in graduation rates, and in almost all demographic categories.
The 2012 NCAA Today's Top VIII honorees share their majors and why they chose them.