NCAA

Students entering any college or university on or after August 1, 2005 and wishing to play Division I or II sports must register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) prior to graduation. Students can register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse any time during and after their junior year. At the time of registration, a transcript and SAT or ACT scores should also be sent to the Clearinghouse.

NCAA For Division I

Students entering college in 2008 or later and who want to participate in athletics or receive an athletic scholarship during the first years must complete the following:

Students must have a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches the core-course grade point average (GPA) and test score sliding scale (available on the NCAA Clearinghouse website). For example, a 2.4 core-course GPA needs an 860 on the SAT.

Students must complete 16 core courses including the following:

  • At least 4 years of English
  • At least 3 years of Math (at the level of Algebra I or above)
  • At least 2 years of natural or physical science (including 1 lab course)
  • At least 1 year of additional courses in English, math or natural or physical science
  • At least 2 years or social sciences, and
  • 4 additional academic courses in any of the above areas; foreign language, non-doctrinal religion or philosophy

NCAA For Division II

Students entering college in 2005 or later and who want to participate in athletics or receive an athletic scholarship during the first years must complete the following:

Students must earn a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or better in their core courses, and earn a combined SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68. There is no sliding scale in Division II.

Students must complete 16 core courses including the following (this is a new requirement and goes into effect the Fall of 2013:

  • At least 3 years of English
  • At least 2 years of math (at a level of Algebra I or above)
  • At least 2 years of natural or physical science (including 1 lab course)
  • At least 3 years of additional courses in English, math, or natural or physical science (new requirement)
  • At least 2 years of social science, and 4 additional academic courses in any of the above areas; foreign language, non-doctrinal religion or philosophy (new requirement)

Courses taken in 8th grade cannot be used to satisfy NCAA requirements. All NCAA approved courses for initial eligibility are listed in the school counseling office. Students with disabilities must be able to provide:

  1. A current signed copy of a professional evaluation report that states the students disability and
  2. A copy of the student’s IEP or Section 504 Plan that relates to accommodations received by the student with the disability. Courses approved for students with disabilities can also be found in the school counseling office.
  3. Refer to www.eligibilitycenter.org for details.