Many students who have enjoyed playing sports in high school plan to continue these activities after graduation. All students may play on a college's club or intramural league. These teams can be a wonderful way for students to compete, have fun and continue to enjoy sports for life.
Some students hope to play sports at the varsity college level. These students hope to represent their college, compete against other colleges and be eligible for scholarships. These students must meet specific academic and testing requirements. Several associations oversee varsity-level competition in various sports for men and women at different colleges. These include the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
Students planning to play for varsity level teams should register, preferably by the end of junior year, with the NCAA or NAIA. Students should also be in contact with the counselor and coaches about requirements and process.
Here is a thoughtful article on a student's chances of playing sports at the college level from the NCAA.