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NCAA Eligibility Center - Division I Academic Requirements

Students interested in participating in college athletics need to register with either the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse or the NAIA Eligibility Center.

College-bound student-athletes will need to meet the following academic requirements to practice, receive athletic scholarships, and/or compete during their first year. 

Core-Course Requirement: Complete 16 core courses in the following areas:

English - 4 years

Math (algebra or higher) - 3 years

Natural/Physical Science (one year of lab, if offered) - 2 years

Additional English, Math or Natural/Physical Science - 1 year

Social Science - 2 years

Additional Courses (any area listed above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy) - 4 years

Full Qualifier: college-bound student-athletes may practice, compete and receive scholarships during their first year of enrollment at an NCAA Division I school

  • Complete 16 Core Courses
    • Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the 7th semester (senior year) of high school.
    • Seven of the 10 core courses must be in English, math or science.
  • Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.3000.
  • Earn the ACT/SAT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale (opens new window)
  • Graduate high school

Academic Redshirt: college-bound student-athletes may receive athletics scholarships during their first year of enrollment and may practice during their first regular academic term, but may NOT compete during their first year of enrollment.

  • Complete 16 core courses
  • Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.000
  • Earn the ACT/SAT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale (opens new window)
  • Graduate high school

Nonqualifier: college-bound student-athletes cannot practice, receive athletics scholarships or compete during their first year of enrollment at an NCAA Division I school

NCAA Eligibility Center - Division II New Academic Requirements

College-bound student-athletes first enrolling at an NCAA Division II school on or after August 1, 2018, need to meet new academic rules to practice, compete and receive athletics scholarships during their first year.

Core-Course Requirement: Complete 16 core courses in the following areas:

English - 3 years

Math (algebra or higher) - 2 years

Natural/Physical Science (one year of lab, if offered) - 2 years

Additional English, Math or Natural/Physical Science - 3 years

Social Science - 2 years

Additional Courses (any area listed above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy) - 4 years

Full Qualifier: college-bound student-athletes may practice, compete and receive scholarships during their first year of enrollment at an NCAA Division II school

  • Complete 16 Core Courses
  • Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.2000.
  • Earn the ACT/SAT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division II full qualifier sliding scale (opens new window)
  • Graduate high school

Partial Qualifier: college-bound student-athletes may receive athletics scholarships during their first year of enrollment and may practice during their first regular academic term, but may NOT compete during their first year of enrollment.

Nonqualifier: college-bound student-athletes may NOT practice, receive athletics scholarships or compete during their first year of enrollment at an NCAA Division II school

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