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NCAA Requirements 

NCAA has specific requirements for eligibility. If you have aspirations to play NCAA athletics at a Division I , Division II, or DIII  college, you must meet their core course requirements by the end of your fourth year of high school, which can be difficult if you have repeated a grade or gone to an international high school.

Division I academic eligibility

To be eligible to compete in NCAA sports during your first year at a Division I school, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 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 philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve your core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be

    eligible.



    Division II Academic Eligibility

    To be eligible to compete in NCAA sports during your first year at a Division II school, you must meet academic requirements for your core courses, grade-point average (GPA) and test scores.

    You must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

    • Complete 16 core courses:
      • Three years of English.
      • Two years of math (Algebra 1 or higher).
      • Two years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it).
      • Three additional years of English, math or natural or physical science
      • Two years of social science
      • Four additional years of English, math, natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
    • Earn at least a 2.2 GPA in your core courses.
    • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division II sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.


What You Need to Do 9th & 10th Graders Need To Do ?

    • Start planning now!
    • Work hard to get the best grades possible.
      • Choose NCAA-approved classes.

        Juniors (or students in their third year of eligibility)

        • At the beginning of your third year, log on to the NCAA Eligibility Center website at eligibilitycenter.org and register.
        • Register to take the ACT, SAT or both and use the NCAA Eligibility Center code “9999” as a score recipient. (Test score requirements are listed on the website.)
        • Double-check to make sure that you are taking NCAA-approved courses.
        • Check that your high school official transcript has been sent to NCAA Eligibility Center after completing your third year of high school. (If transcript has not been sent,  fill out the Transcript Request Form.)
        • Prior to registration for your fourth year of high school, check with the Academic Dean’s office and the NCAA Eligibility Center to determine the number of core courses that need to be completed that year (i.e., before your window of eligibility closes).
        • More detailed information can be found on the NCAA website.

          Failure to meet requirements could result in you not being able to play Division I or Division II sports in college. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to ensure you have met the NCAA eligibility requirements.