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NCAA Academic Eligibility Requirements

This section, pages 16-21, are taken from: http://www.ncaa.org/.

College-bound student-athletes who want to compete at a NCAA Division I or II school need to meet certain division-wide academic and amateurism standards. Students who plan to attend a Division III school need to meet the admission standards of the school they plan to attend.

Division I Initial Eligibility

Division I schools require students to meet academic standards for NCAA-approved core courses, core course GPA and test scores. To be eligible to practice, compete and receive athletics scholarships in their first full-time year at a Division I school, students must graduate from high school and meet ALL of the following requirements:

  1. Complete a total of 16 core courses in the following areas:
    • English - 4 Years
    • Math (Algebra 1 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 Sciences - 2 Years
    • Additional Courses (Any area listed above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy) - 4 Years
      Note: See the core-course progression requirements
  2. Complete 10 out of their 16 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the start of the seventh semester. Once a student begins 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 solely international (including Canada) are not required to meet the 10/7 requirement.
  3. Complete the 16 NCAA-approved core courses in eight academic semesters or four consecutive academic years from the start of ninth grade. If students graduate from high school early, they still must meet core-course requirements.
  4. Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score that matches their core-course GPA (minimum 2.300) on the Division I sliding scale. SAT scores earned on or after March 2016 will be evaluated based on concordance tables established by the College Board.
Planning for the NCAA 16 core-course requirement

How to plan your high school courses to meet the 16 core-course requirement:

4 x 4 = 16

4 English courses (one per year) + 4 math courses (one per year) + 4 science courses (one per year) + 4 social science (and/or additional) courses (one per year) = 16 NCAA core courses

Qualifier

Students may practice, compete and receive an athletics scholarship during their first year of enrollment at an NCAA Division I school.

Academic Redshirt

Students may receive an athletics scholarship 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. Students must pass either eight quarter or nine semester hours to practice in the next term.

Nonqualifier

Students will not be able to practice, receive an athletics scholarship or compete during their first year of enrollment at a Division I school.

Division I Full Qualifier Sliding Scale

Core GPA New SAT* Old SAT
(Prior to 3/2016)
ACT Sum
3.550 400 400 37
3.525 410 410 38
3.500 430 420 39
3.475 440 430 40
3.450 460 440 41
3.425 470 450 41
3.400 490 460 42
3.375 500 470 42
3.350 520 480 43
3.325 530 490 44
3.300 550 500 44
3.275 560 510 45
3.250 580 520 46
3.225 590 530 46
3.200 600 540 47
3.175 620 550 47
3.150 630 560 48
3.125 650 570 49
3.100 660 580 49
3.075 680 590 50
3.050 690 600 50
3.025 710 610 51
3.000 720 620 52
2.975 730 630 52
2.950 740 640 53
2.925 750 650 53
2.900 750 660 54
2.875 760 670 55
2.850 770 680 56
2.825 780 690 56
2.800 790 700 57
2.775 800 710 58
2.750 810 720 59
2.725 820 730 60
2.700 830 740 61
2.675 840 750 61
2.650 850 760 62
2.625 860 770 63
2.600 860 780 64
2.575 870 790 65
2.550 880 800 66
2.525 890 810 67
2.500 900 820 68
2.475 910 830 69
2.450 920 840 70
2.425 930 850 70
2.400 940 860 71
2.375 950 870 72
2.350 960 880 73
2.325 970 890 74
2.300 980 900 75
2.299 990 910 76
2.275 990 910 76
2.250 1000 920 77
2.225 1010 930 78
2.200 1020 940 79
2.175 1030 950 80
2.150 1040 960 81
2.125 1050 970 82
2.100 1060 980 83
2.075 1070 990 84
2.050 1080 1000 85
2.025 1090 1010 86
2.000 1100 1020 86

NOTE: Core GPA below 2.300 falls in the Academic Redshirt Zone.

*Final concordance research between the new SAT and ACT is ongoing.

NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Division II Initial Eligibility

Division II schools require college-bound student-athletes to meet academic standards for NCAA core courses, core-course GPA and test scores.

To be eligible to practice, compete and receive an athletics scholarship in their first full-time year at a Division II school, students must graduate from high school and meet ALL of the following requirements:

Complete 16 core courses in the following areas:

  • English - 3 Years
  • Math (Algebra 1 or higher) - 2 Years
  • Natural/Physical Science (one year of lab science, if offered) - 2 Years
  • Additional (English, Math or Natural/Physical Science) - 3 Year
  • Social Sciences - 2 Years
  • Additional Courses (English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy) - 4 Years

Earn an SAT combined score* or ACT sum score that matches the student’s core-course GPA (minimum 2.200) on the Division II sliding scale.

Qualifier

Students may practice, compete and receive an athletics scholarship during their first year of full-time enrollment at an NCAA Division II school.

Partial Qualifier

Students may receive an athletics scholarship during their first year of enrollment and may practice during their first year of enrollment, but may NOT compete.

Nonqualifier

Students will not be able to practice, receive an athletics scholarship or compete during their first year of full-time enrollment at a Division II school.

Division II Full Qualifier Sliding Scale

Use for Division II beginning August 2018

Core GPA New SAT* Old SAT
(Prior to 3/2016)
ACT Sum
3.300 & above 400 400 37
3.275 410 410 38
3.250 430 420 39
3.225 440 430 40
3.200 460 440 41
3.175 470 450 41
3.150 490 460 42
3.125 500 470 42
3.100 520 480 43
3.075 530 490 44
3.050 550 500 44
3.025 560 510 45
3.000 580 520 46
2.975 590 530 46
2.950 600 540 47
2.925 620 550 47
2.900 630 560 48
2.875 650 570 49
2.850 660 580 49
2.825 680 590 50
2.800 690 600 50
2.775 710 610 51
2.750 720 620 52
2.725 730 630 52
2.700 740 640 53
2.675 750 650 53
2.650 750 660 54
2.625 760 670 55
2.600 770 680 56
2.575 780 690 56
2.550 790 700 57
2.525 800 710 58
2.500 810 720 59
2.475 820 730 60
2.450 830 740 61
2.425 840 750 61
2.400 850 760 62
2.375 860 770 63
2.350 860 780 64
2.325 870 790 65
2.300 880 800 66
2.275 890 810 67
2.250 900 820 68
2.225 910 830 69
2.200 920 840 & above 70 & above

*Final concordance research between the new SAT and ACT is ongoing.

NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Division II Partial Qualifier Sliding Scale

Use for Division II beginning August 2018

Core GPA New SAT* Old SAT
(Prior to 3/2016)
ACT Sum
3.050 & above 400 400 37
3.025 410 410 38
3.000 430 420 39
2.975 440 430 40
2.950 460 440 41
2.925 470 450 41
2.900 490 460 42
2.875 500 470 42
2.850 520 480 43
2.825 530 490 44
2.800 550 500 44
2.775 560 510 45
2.750 580 520 46
2.725 590 530 46
2.700 600 540 47
2.675 620 550 47
2.650 630 560 48
2.625 650 570 49
2.600 660 580 49
2.575 680 590 50
2.550 690 600 50
2.525 710 610 51
2.500 720 620 52
2.475 730 630 52
2.450 740 640 53
2.425 750 650 53
2.400 750 660 54
2.375 760 670 55
2.350 770 680 56
2.325 780 690 56
2.300 790 700 57
2.275 800 710 58
2.250 810 720 59
2.225 820 730 60
2.200 830 740 61
2.175 840 750 61
2.150 850 760 62
2.125 860 770 63
2.100 860 780 64
2.075 870 790 65
2.050 880 800 66
2.025 890 810 67
2.000 900 820 & above 68 & above

*Final concordance research between the new SAT and ACT is ongoing.

NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Test Scores

Divisions I and II both require students to have an SAT or ACT score for their certification. When students register for the SAT or ACT, they can use the NCAA Eligibility Center code 9999 to send their scores directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores on transcripts will NOT be used in their academic certification.

A combined SAT score is calculated by adding reading and math subscores. An ACT sum score is calculated by adding English, math, reading and science subscores. Students may take the SAT or ACT an unlimited number of times before they enroll full time in college. If students take either test more than once, the best subscores from different tests are used to meet initial-eligibility requirements.