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NCAA Eligibility Information

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ARE YOU AWARE?

The requirements are changing for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1, 2016.  

Students must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.  If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.

For more resources regarding these changes, visit NCAA.org/student-athletes/play-division-i-sports or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide.


AMATEURISM CERTIFICATION REQUEST REMINDER FOR STUDENTS

Beginning April 1, students enrolling in college fall 2015 will have the opportunity to request final amateurism certification. Prior to the final amateurism request, please remind your fall enrollees of the following:

  • Be sure information in the registration is accurate (i.e., email, date of birth, enrollment period);
  • Be sure to enter all sports that need an amateurism certification;
  • Be sure to enter any previous colleges or universities attended (under the education tab); and
  • Be sure to complete all tasks (especially academic).
 

For help with requesting final amateurism certification, students can watch this video.


MORE INFORMATION FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT-ATHLETE

If you are interested in continuing your athletic career at an NCAA institution, then please be sure to get at copy of most recent guide by clicking here.  The initial-eligibility pamphlet can be accessed here.


NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

The NCAA Eligibility Center has launched a new website at  NCAA.org/playcollegesports to help high school student-athletes successfully transition to college. The enhanced online content gives student-athletes and counselors a broad look at the initial-eligibility process and detailed information about common eligibility situations.

The new content is part of the NCAA Eligibility Center’s continuing response to customer requests for key pieces of information student-athletes should know as they consider college. Student-athletes are guided through current and upcoming initial-eligibility requirements, recruiting guidelines, and timelines for staying on track in high school. Additional webpages address initial-eligibility situations unique to international, home-school and non-traditional students.

A wide range of frequently-asked questions addressing issues from academic and amateurism eligibility to high school and core-course review are easily searchable and will be expanded in the future.

Please share NCAA.org/playcollegesportsNCAA.org/eligibilitycenter and NCAA.org/transfer with your student-athletes, their families and your colleagues.

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