College Athletics

Combine high level athletics and academics


In the U.S., universities provide great opportunities for talented athletes who want to combine academics and athletics. Timetables for practices and games are scheduled according to academic responsibilities. Coaches are demanding when it comes to both athletic and academic performances. They give their full support both on and off the field.

Universities’ facilities are designed to ensure the student-athletes can develop and stay fit throughout the season. The athletic departments consist of staff who are there for the athletes whenever they need care or rehabilitation. In addition, the training facilities are often state-of-art. The newest technology in gym and rehab equipment are being provided to maximize the student-athletes’ fitness. Universities really invest in their student-athletes.

By combining high-level athletics and academics the “student-athletes” are able to keep on developing themselves, not only as athletes, but also as students. Eventually they will obtain an academic degree, which will ensure that after they quit playing their respective sports, they can continue their lives as professionals in other fields.

  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Track and field
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Wrestling
  • Softball
  • Water polo
  • American football
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Bowling
  • Fencing
  • Equesterian

URA at your service

Universities compete in NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA and CCCAA -series. Each of these have different levels, also known as divisions. For instance, the NCAA has three divisions, which are based on university size. Often the biggest universities have the best teams since they can invest more money in their athletic programs.

To obtain a substantial scholarship the student-athlete has to be talented and possess good merits in his or her respective sport. However, due to the huge number of universities, there is a right fit for each student-athlete who will combine sports and academics. When seeking ‘full-ride” scholarships, a student-athlete must be really talented, motivated and have exceptional merits.

During recent years, University Recruiting Agency has developed a wide network of various universities and their coaches.  We can help the student-athletes to connect with universities that, according to our experience, could provide the best fit for them, both academically and athletically. We encourage you to contact us and ask further questions about the opportunities we can help you to obtain.


Anton being interviewed at Studia fair

Video from 2014 Studia -study fair in Helsinki. Anton is being interviewed on the stage about college athletics and his student-athlete soccer memories. The interview is held in Finnish.

Life of a student athlete

In this video you can see and get a feel what it can be like to be a student-athlete.

Waking up early and heading to classes. Training on a soccer field and in the gym. A big game in front of a full stadium.

Athlete recruitment service

The athletes recruitment service price is 490 euros. Students athletes recruitment service consists of the sport related matters listed below as well as all the matters that belong to our free student recruitment service described on our Service -page. The service charge will be paid to URA when you have decided to use the service, after which we start the formal application process.

Athlete service consists of following:

  • We recommend you to the most suitable universities by contacting their coaches. We have studied in the US ourselves and since that time have built a strong network with various university coaches. Coaches also are actively engaged with us when it comes to searching for suitable players for their teams and we are up-to-date with different teams’  situations.

  • We advise you in all matters related to the application process, such as:
    • Sports video of your talents
    • Required international exams
    • Applying to university / registration
    • Agreements
    • Scholarship affairs
    • Visa issues
    • Insurance matters
    • Preparation before leaving
  • We support you during the application process during the upcoming issues, or if problems arise.

We always aim to get the best financial settlement for our customer. Coaches trust our ability to assess both athletic and academic skills. We have been student-athletes as well. We know the right fit for the student-athletes based on their merits achieved back home.