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NCAA Eligibility Requirements

The National Collegiate Athletic Association regulations regarding college freshman eligibility to receive athletically related financial aid and to participate in athletics at any Division I and II college or university are as follows:

The following information applies to Division I and II athletes enrolling in college before August 1, 2016:

  1.  A minimum 2.0 GPA. (on a 4.0 scale) in at least 16 core courses for students first entering any NCAA Division I or Division II college or university.  Required areas include the following:
    English - 4 credits (Div. I) or 3 credits (Div. II)
    Mathematics - 3 credits in Algebra 1 or higher (Div. I) or 2 credits in Algebra 1 or higher (Div. II)
    Science - 2 credits in Natural/Physical Science - one must be a laboratory science (Div. I & II)
    Social Science - 2 credits (Div. I & II)
    English, Math, or Natural/Physical Science - 1 additional credit (Div. I) or 2 additional credits (Div. II)
    Other - 4 credits (Div. I) or 3 credits (Div. II)  of additional core courses  (from any area above, or from World Language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy).
  2. Division I has a sliding scale for SAT & ACT test scores and uses the grade point average of only NCAA.-approved core courses.  Go to www.ncaa.org or www.ncaaclearinghouse.net for this information. 
  3. Division II has a minimum ACT score requirement of 820 (based on Critical Reading and Math sections only) or a minimum ACT sum score of 68 (based on English, Math, Reading & Science sections from test taken on a National Test date). 

The following information applies to Division I athletes enrolling in college on or after August 1, 2016:
There are three possible initial-eligibility outcomes for Division I athletes enrolling in college on or after August 1, 2016.  The following includes the description of each outcome and the associated requirements:
Qualifier: May receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice and compete in the first year of enrollment at the Division I college or university.
Requirements:

  1. Complete 16 core courses (same distribution as in the past)
    ·   Six of the 16 core courses must be completed before the start of the seventh semester (senior year) of high school.  The reduction from 10 core courses to 6 core courses is in response to students impacted by school closures due to COVID.
    ·  Seven of the 10 core courses must be English, math or natural or physical science.
  2. Have a minimum core-course grade-point average of 2.30;
    ·   Grades earned in the 10 courses required before the seventh semester are “locked in” for purposes of grade-point average calculation.
    ·    A repeat of any of the “locked in” courses will not be used to improve the grade-point average if the repeat occurs after the seventh semester begins.
  3. Meet the sliding scale of grade-point average and ACT/SAT score*; and
  4. Graduate from high school.

Academic Redshirt: May receive athletics aid (scholarship) in the first year of enrollment and may practice in the first regular academic term (semester or quarter) but may not compete in the first year of enrollment.  The student-athlete must successfully complete nine semester CREDITS or eight quarter CREDITS in the initial term at his/her college or university to continue to practice in the next term.

  1. Complete the 16 core-course requirement;
  2. Have a minimum core-course grade-point average of 2.00;
  3. Meet the sliding scale of grade-point average and ACT/SAT score*; and
  4. Graduate from high school.

Student-athletes who fail to meet the required 10 core courses prior to the start of the seventh semester (seven of which must be in English, math or natural or physical science), will be allowed to retake core courses in the seventh or eighth semester, which will be used in their academic certification for the purposes of meeting the academic redshirt requirements.
Nonqualifier: Cannot receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice or compete in the first year of enrollment because student fails to meet the standards for a qualifier or for an academic redshirt.

*Standardized test scores are excluded from NCAA initial-eligibility criteria for students who initially enroll full time in an NCAA school during the 2020-21, 2021-22 and/or 2022-23 academic years. However, colleges and/or scholarship programs may still require test scores.

When registering for the SAT or ACT, use the Eligibility Center code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the Eligibility Center. All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse by the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will no longer be used.