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The NCAA Eligibility Center verifies the academic and amateur status of all student-athletes who wish to compete in Division I or II athletics.

College-bound student-athletes who want to practice, compete and receive athletically related financial aid during their first year at a Division I or II school need to meet the following requirements:

-Graduate from high school.
-Complete a minimum of 16 core courses for Division I or II.
-Earn a minimum required grade-point average in core courses.
-Earn a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT.
-Request final amateurism certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center.

For Division I student-athletes who will enroll in August 1, 2016 and later, the requirements to compete in the first year will change. In addition to the above standards, students must:

-Earn at least a 2.3 grade-point average in core courses.
-Meet an increased sliding-scale standard (for example, an SAT score of 820 requires a 2.5 high school core course GPA)
-Successfully complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses before the start of their seventh semester in high school. Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, math and science.

Students that earn at least a 2.0 GPA but not a 2.3 GPA and meet the current sliding scale standard (for example, an SAT score of 1,010 requires a 2.025 high school core course GPA) will be eligible for practice in the first term and athletically related financial aid the entire year, but not competition. Freshmen who are academically successful in the first term will earn the ability to continue to practice for the remainder of the year.

Division III colleges and universities set their own admission standards. The NCAA does not set initial eligibility requirements in Division III.

For more detail about academic requirements visit the Eligibility Center.


Similar in some respects to the NCAA eligibility registration requirement, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) requires all high school student-athletes interested in participating in intercollegiate athletics at a NAIA member college or university to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center at To play NAIA sports, every student-athlete must be registered with the NAIA Eligibility Center. A one-time $60 registration fee is assessed.

Helpful links for prospective NAIA student-athletes are provided on the website under Students–>How to Register: Prospective Student-Athletes. Further links on this page are at the bottom: Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete and Am I Eligible?

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