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NCAA new academic eligibility requirements for 2016 graduation year and after!

Date Posted: 9/15/2015

In 2012 the NCAA changed the academic eligibility requirements for students entering college in 2016 and after.

Please review this overview of the changes as they may affect your eligibility.      

DIVISION I ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETES STARTING COLLEGE AFTER AUGUST 1, 2016
(Applies to students whose Initial full-time collegiate enrollment is after August 1, 2016)
 

  • Graduate high school.
  • Complete 16 high school core courses in four academic years. Ten core courses,with at least seven in English, math or science, must be completed before you start your seventh semester.
  • Earn at least a 2.300 GPA in your core courses.
  • Core-course GPA is calculated using the best 16 core courses that meet both progression (10 before seventh semester; seven in English, math or science; "locked in") and subject-area requirements.
  • Earn the SAT or ACT score that matches your core-course GPA (minimum 2.300) on the Division I sliding scale.

Required Core Courses

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
  • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
  • 1 additional year of English, math or natural or physical science
  • 2 years of social science
  • 4 years of additional courses (any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)


DIVISION II ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETES STARTING COLLEGE BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2018
(Applies to students whose Initial full-time collegiate enrollment is before August 1, 2018)
 

  •  Graduate high school.
  •  Complete 16 high school core courses
  •  Earn at least a 2.000 GPA in your high school core courses
  •  Earn a combined SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68

 
DIVISION II ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETES STARTING COLLEGE AFTER AUGUST 1, 2018
(Applies to students whose Initial full-time collegiate enrollment is after August 1, 2018)

  • Graduate high school.
  • Complete 16 high school core courses.
  • Earn at least a 2.200 GPA in your core courses.
  • Earn the SAT or ACT score that matches your core-course GPA (minimum 2.200) on the Division II sliding scale.

To play sports at a Division II school, you must complete these core courses:

  • 3 years of English;
  • 2 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher);
  • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it);
  • 3 additional years of English, math or natural or physical science;
  • 2 years of social science; and *4 additional years of English, math, natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.


CORE COURSES
Not all high school classes are NCAA core courses. A core course prepares you for a four-year college and is taught at or above your high school's regular academic level. Visit eligibilitycenter.org for a full list of your high school's core courses.

GRADE-POINT AVERAGE Only classes on your high school's List of NCAA Courses will be used for your core course GPA.

TEST SCORES Division I schools match test scores and core-course GPA on a sliding scale. After August 1, 2018, Division II schools will also use a sliding scale. An SAT combined score is calculated by adding your reading and math scores. An ACT sum score is calculated by adding English, math, reading and science scores. You may take the SAT or ACT as many times as you like before you enroll full time in college. If you take either test more than once, the best sub score from each section is used for initial-eligibility purposes.
 
DIVISION III ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETES
 
Division 3 programs do not require registration with the NCAA so there are no academic eligibility requirements.  Division 3 programs do not offer athletic scholarships, although 75% of D3 athletes receive some form of need or merit based financial aid. 

MORE INFORMATION

NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER and QUICK REFERNCE GUIDE