The NCAA Eligibility Center is responsible for ensuring that college athletes meet all requirements to play sports at NCAA Division I or II schools. The NCAA reviews student-athlete’s SAT or ACT scores, academic record, and checks to verify their amateur status.
Who Needs to Worry About NCAA College Eligibility?
- Potential student-athletes who are planning to participate in NCAA collegiate sports after high school
- Athletes that are looking to participate in NCAA Division I athletics
- Athletes that are looking to participate in NCAA division II athletics
What You Need to Become Eligible
NCAA Eligibility Rules State that student-athletes will need to meet athletic and academic requirements for the division they wish to compete in. Requirements will include:
- Meeting core course requirements specific to NCAA division I or division II
- Meeting grade-point averages on a sliding scale when compared to ACT and SAT test scores for NCAA division I or meeting grade and test requirements for division II
- Completion of Amateurism certificate
What are the Core Course Requirements with the NCAA?
- Complete 16 core courses in the appropriate areas
- Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before
the seventh semester (senior year) of high school
- Seven of the 10 core courses must be in English, math
or natural/physical science
- Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.300
- Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching
the core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale
- Submit proof of graduation to the Eligibility Center