College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.
If You Enroll AFTER August 1, 2016:
To be eligible to practice, compete and receive athletics scholarships in your first full-time year at a Division I school, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:
1. Complete 16 NCAA 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);
Two years of social science;
One additional year of English, math or natural/ physical science; and
Four additional years of English, math, natural/ physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.
2. Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the start of your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses for GPA improvement.
3. Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.
4. Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score that matches your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale for students enrolling on or after August 1, 2016.
How to plan your high school courses to meet the 16 core-course requirement: 4 x 4 = 16 4 English courses (one per year) + 4 approved Math courses (one per year) + 4 approved Science courses (one per year) + 4 approved Social Sciences (and/or additional) courses (one per year) = 16 NCAA core courses