The Collegiate Experience Of Student Athletes

781 WordsOct 14, 20154 Pages
The collegiate experience of student athletes varies across the sports played, divisions, and grade level. Division one athletes are the most likely to be engaged in the college experience than other athletes (NCAA, 2015). One big predictor in the level that student engage in the college experience is whether they view themselves as an athlete or a student (NCAA, 2015). That decision holds implications from there on. Those who identify more as an athlete and less as a student tend to have lower gpa’s, and devote less time to their academic work than other students. Those that identify as students have an average gpa of 3.2, spend 30 hours on athletics, 40 on academics, and miss an average of 1.3 classes (NCAA, 2015). Those that identify more as athletes have an average gpa of 2.9, spend 35 hours a week on athletics, spend 36 on academics, and miss an average of 1.7 classes (NCAA, 2015). The amount of time spent toward various activities varies across different sports and the level of commitment they require. Despite this student-athletes in all sports generally commit large amounts of time to both athletics and academic endeavors (NCAA, 2015). “The majority of student-athletes report that they are actively involved in their campus community outside of athletics and believe that their athletics participation has benefited them socially” (NCAA, 2015). A research study done by the NCAA examined social participation across several platforms. They are as follows; performance
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