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Are you interested in playing a sport at the Division I or Division II level??

The NCAA requires that all student athletes plan on playing sports at either a Division I or Division II level in college register with the Eligibility Center.

  • The Eligibility Center will review your academics and amateurism status in order to verify that you are eligible to participate in athletics at Division I and Division II institutions. Division III colleges do not use the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse. They each have their own policies on admission, financial aid, practice and competition.

  • It's never too early to start planning. All freshmen student-athletes interested in continuing athletics at the collegiate level should review the "Eligibility Process" file located at the bottom of this page.


Registration

  1. It is best to register at the end of your Junior year.
  2. Register here Eligibility Center. There is a one time fee to register.
  3. Students will need to submit a request for their transcript to be sent to the NCAA Eligibility center through Parchment (See Transcript Information on the left side of the screen) at the end of their JUNIOR year and again at the end of their SENIOR year. It is the student's responsibility to request copies of their transcript.
  4. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only accept scores sent directly from the testing agency. If you are registering to take the SAT/ACT list the NCAA as an institution to which you would like your scores sent. Use the code "9999".
  5. Students with a documented disability will need to inform the NCAA EligibilityCenter about the disability. A copy of the professional diagnosis and a copy of the IEP, ITP, or 504 plan must be submitted with the accommodations noted. (One of the documents should be dated within the last 3 years.)
  6. Finally, in order for the NCAA to review any materials students must submit official copies of transcript(s) (students attending more than one high school must submit transcripts from all schools attended), Official SAT and/or ACT scores, and have paid the NCAA registration fee.


Division INote: There are new rules for the graduating class of 2016 & beyond

Click here for the NCAA quick reference guide!

Beginning August 1, 2016

College-bound student-athletes first entering a Division I college or university,on or after this date, will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletic aid, practice or compete during their first year.

Terms you need to know:

  • Full Qualifier - college-bound student-athlete may receive athletic aid, practice and compete in the first year of enrollment at the division-I college or university.

  • Academic Redshirt - College-bound student-athlete may receive athletic aid in the first year of enrollment, can practice in first academic term but can not complete in first year of enrollment. The student must continue to meet athletic eligibility throughout college to continue to practice for the rest of the year.

  • Nonqualifier - college-bound student-athlete cannot receive athletic aid, cannot practice and cannot compete in the first year of college enrollment.

Full Qualifier:

  1. Complete 16 core courses
    • 10 of the 16 core courses must be completed before the end of your JUNIOR year of high school.
      • 7 of the 10 core courses must be English, Math or Science
  2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.300 (based on NCAA approved core courses)
    • Grades earned in the 10 required courses required before the Sr. year are "locked in" for the purposes of GPA calculation
      • A repeat of one of the "locked in" courses will not be used to improve the GPA if taken after the seventh semester begins.
  3. Meet the competition sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score (this is a new scale with increased GPA/test score requirements)
  4. Must graduate from high school.

Academic Redshirt:

  1. Complete 16 core courses.
  2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.00.
  3. Meet the academic redshirt sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score
  4. Graduate from high school.

Nonqualifier - student who has failed to meet the standards to either a full qualifier or academic redshirt.


Division 1 Core Class Requirements:
4 years of English 3 years of math (Algebra I or higher) 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered) 1 year of additional English, math or natural/physical science 2 years of social science 4 years of additional courses (any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)



Division IINote: There are new rules for the graduating class of 2018 & beyond

Click here for the NCAA quick reference guide!

Beginning August 1, 2018


College-bound student-athletes first entering a Division II college or university,on or after this date AUGUST 1st, 2018 will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletic aid, practice or compete during their first year.

Core Courses
  • Division II currently requires 16 core courses (See quick reference guide)
  • Beginning August 1, 2018, to become a full or partial qualifier for Division II, all college-bound student-athletes must complete the 16 core-course requirement.

Test Scores
  • Division II currently requires a minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
  • Beginning August 1, 2018, Division II will use a sliding scale to match test scores and core-course grade-point averages (GPA).
  • The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.
  • The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.
  • When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used.
  • Be sure to look at your high school’s List of NCAA Courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website HERE (Our school code is 390125). Only courses that appear on your school's approved List of NCAA Courses will be used in the calculation of the core GPA. Use the list as a guide.
  • The current Division II core GPA requirement is a minimum of 2.000. Division II core GPA required to be eligible for competition on or after August 1, 2018, is 2.200
  • The minimum Division II core GPA required to receive athletics aid and practice as a partial qualifier on or after August 1, 2018, is 2.000

*Remember, the NCAA core GPA is calculated using NCAA core courses only and therefore will not necessarily match the GPA listed on your transcript

Division II Core Class Requirements: 3 years of English. 2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). 3 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. 2 years of social science. 4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).



Students who are candidates to compete at the Division I or II level in college must be cleared through the NCAA. Please identify yourself to your counselor as a potential student athlete so we can schedule courses for you that are approved as NCAA Core Courses. It is the student’s responsibility to follow the NCAA guidelines and submit the necessary paperwork. It is also the student's responsibility to make sure they qualify for NCAA eligibility.

RECRUITING**
  • There are specific recruiting rules for each sport. The rules are divided by the recruiting method (acceptable practice as approved of by NCAA) and year in high school (Sophomore, Junior or Senior year). Please go to the "Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete" for a listing of these rules.

  • There are also specific recruiting terms used which outline the rules college coaches must follow. You are also expected to abide by these rules. Please see the "Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete" for a listing of these terms.

2016-2017 Guide to the College-Bound Student Athlete