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Academic Standards

The NCAA Eligibility Center verifies the academic and amateur status of all student-athletes who wish to compete in Division I or II athletics. For the class of 2016 and beyond, there are academic rule changes.

College-bound student-athletes who want to practice, compete and receive athletically- related financial aid during their first year at a Division I or II school need to meet ALL of the following requirements:

Division 1

  • Graduate from high school.
  • Complete 16 NCAA-approved core courses:
    - four years of English.
    - three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher).
    - two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it).
    - one additional year of English, math or natural/physical science.
    - two years of social science.
    - four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosphy.
  • Beginning August 1, 2016, students must complete 10 of the 16 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the start of their seventh semester.  Once students begin their seventh semester, they must have more than 10 core courses completed to be able to repeat or replace any of the 10 courses used to meet the 10/7 requirement. Students whose academic credentials are soley international (including Canada) are not required to meet the 10/7 requirement.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division 1 sliding scale, which balances test scores and core-course GPA. SAT scores earned on or after March 2016 will be evaluated based on concordance tables established by the College Board. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.

Divison II

Students who enroll BEFORE August 1, 2018, must:

  • Graduate from high school.
  • Complete 16 core courses:
    - three years of English.
    - two years of math (Algebra 1 or higher).
    - two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it).
    - three additional years of Englsh, math or natural/physical science.
    - two years of social science.
    - four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosphy.
  • earn at least a 2.0 GPA in core courses.
  • earn an SAT combined socre of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68. SAT scores earned on or after March 2016 will be evaluated based on concordance tables established by the College Board.

Students who enroll AFTER August 1, 2018, must:

  • Graduate from high school.
  • Complete 16 core courses:
    - three years of English.
    - two years of math (Algebra 1 or higher).
    - two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it).
    - three additional years of English, math, natural/physical science.
    - two years of social science.
    - four additonal years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.
  • Earn at least a 2.2 GPA in their core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core course GPA on the Division II competition sliding scale, which balances test scores and core-course GPA. SAT scores earned on or after March 2016 will be evaluated based on concordance tables established by the College Board. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.

Division III

If a student is planning to attend a Division III school, he/she does not need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Division III schools set their own admissions and eligibility standards. Students can visit http://www.ncaa.org/d3 or contact the Division III school they are planning to attend. 


A NCAA-approved core course must:

  1. be an academic, four-year college preparatory course eligible for high school graduation credit in one or more of these areas:
    - English
    - math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    - natural/physical science
    - social science
    - foreign language and/or
    - comparative religion or philosophy.
  2. be at or above your high school's regular academic level.
  3. be taught by a qualified instructor.

Please note that it is a student's responsibility to make their interest in playing a college sport known to both their coach and school counselor as soon as possible.  Student-athletes and parents need to visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website and begin tracking credits.

College-bound student-athletes who want to play NCAA sports at a Divison I or Division II school need to register online with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Students should plan to register during their sophomore year of high school. Click here to enter the site. 

For more information, please click this link to the 2016-2017 Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete.

 

  

 

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