Initial Eligibility Requirements

In order to compete at the collegiate level you are required to be academically eligible. There are certain standards that must be met in order to compete as a freshmen.  If you are planning to attend a NCAA Division I or II institution you must be register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly known as Clearinghouse)  If you are continuing your career at a Division III school, each institution has their own eligibility requirements.   And if you are going to play at NAIA school you must go through the NAIA Eligibility Center.

NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER (REGISTER HERE)

WHAT IS THE NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER?                                                                                

The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies whether prospective college athletes are eligible to play sports at the NCAA Division I or II level. It does this by reviewing the student-athlete’s academic record, test scores, and amateur status to ensure conformity with NCAA rules.

WHEN SHOULD STUDENTS REGISTER?

The NCAA recommends that student-athletes register at the beginning of their junior year in high school.  There is no registration deadline but students must be registered with the Eligibility Center in order to take an official visit.

NCAA DIVISION 1 REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to practice, compete and receive athletics scholarships in your first year at a Division I school, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 NCAA core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math  
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it);
    • Two years of social science;
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/ physical science; and
    • 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 the start of your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses for GPA improvement.                                                                                                                                            
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.                                                                                    
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score that matches your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding Scale.

ACADEMIC RED SHIRT –  If you do not meet all of the requirements stated above you could qualify as an academic red shirt.   As an academic red shirt you are permitted to practice in your first term and receive athletics aid.   You must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 NCAA Core Courses
  • Earn at least a 2.0 in your Core Courses
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score that matches your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding Scale.

DIVISION 2 REQUIREMENTS

If You Enroll AFTER August 1, 2018 To be eligible to practice, compete and receive an athletics scholarship in your first full-time year at a Division II school, 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);
    • Two years of social science;
    • Three additional years of English, math or natural or physical science; and •
    • 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 that matches your core-course GPA on the Division Ii sliding Scale.

Find your Schools’ list of NCAA approved core courses

NAIA ELIGIBILITY CENTER

The NAIA has different eligibility requirements for student-athletes. To be eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics as an incoming freshman, two of the following three requirements must be met:

  • Have a 2.0, C or higher cumulative final grade point average in high school.                        
  • Have a composite score of 18 or higher on the ACT assessment or an 860 total score or higher on the SAT I on a single test administered on a national test date                        
  • Have a top-half final class rank in his or her high school graduating class