The United States tertiary education system is based on a philosophy to develop and enhance the education of all students in a variety of areas. This philosophy provides the student with a wide base of education rather than focusing on one specific subject.

This system provides students with the opportunity to pursue their undergraduate degree with the possibility of continuing their education to earn a Masters degree followed by a Doctorate/PhD.

Pre-University: High School

To be admitted to a United States College or University, you must have graduated from an accredited high school in your respective country. The average high school graduate in the United States is 18 years of age.

Upon being admitted to a College or University, you must provide evidence of your high school graduation and official grade transcripts. If you graduated from a foreign high school, an English translation must accompany each official high school document.


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) have different eligibility requirements for international athletes looking to attend a college or university in the United States.

The following documents must be provided to the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure timely registration:

  1. Standardized testing scores (SAT or ACT)
  2. Official high school grade transcripts
  3. High school graduation certificate

Aspiring NAIA athletes are required to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center and provide the appropriate documentation to prove they meet the eligibility requirements. Usually, this is done following the athlete’s junior year of high school or early in their senior year.

Academic Entrance Exams

As a Canadian citizen, you will be required to take the SAT exam. Your score on the SAT will determine your tertiary enrollment and athletic eligibility:

  1. SAT: Standardized test for high school graduates
  2. TOEFL: If English is not your native language, this must be taken in addition to an SAT exam


Tennis Canada recommends two important tools for prospective U.S. College student-athletes that will help them find the right school and help college coaches recruit Canadian athletes.

The two tools are used across the globe. The first is called Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) and the second involves creating a profile on the Tennis Recruiting Network.

Find a Team Using the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR)

The Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) is the principal resource that college tennis coaches use for prospecting student-athletes from around the globe.

This rating system was not only created as a tool for coaches to use to assess tennis athletes, but it is also used for athletes to seek out teams that are recruiting.

Learn more about How UTR Works and make sure to watch the below video for more information also.


Registration at on the Tennis Recruiting Network is free – and it is your ticket to all the tool’s services and resources.

For junior players, registration allows you to update information for college coaches to query. You can also validate your graduation year to ensure that you are included on their lists.

Everyone who registers gets access to the complete College Recruiting and TennisRPI Lists – along with access to player profiles and exclusive content.