NCAA Eligibility Requirements

Class of 2016 Division I New Academic Requirements Guide

Initial Eligibilty Quick Reference Guide (Division I and Division II)

Please note - Beginning August 1, 2016, NCAA Division I will require higher GPAs (2.3 minimum as opposed to a 2.0). In addition 10 core courses must be completed prior to the 7th semester. These 10 courses become "locked in" and cannot be retaken for grade improvement. 

Information and Resources for College-Bound Student-Athletes and Parents

National Letter of Intent & Signing Dates

In order to participate in Division I or II athletics on a collegiate level a student must meet the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements for certification. It is the student’s responsibility to make himself aware of these requirements and to meet them. This process begins in freshman year and continues throughout the four years of high school. Students are encouraged to consult with their guidance counselor, athletic director, and coaches if they have any questions.

TO BE CERTIFIED BY THE NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER, YOU MUST: GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. You should apply for certification before graduation if you are sure you wish to participate in athletics as a freshman at the college to which you will be admitted. The NCAA will issue a preliminary certification report when you have had all your materials submitted. After you graduate, the NCAA will review your final transcript to make a final certification decision according to NCAA standards.

EARN A GRADE-POINT AVERAGE OF AT LEAST 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) (2.30 for Class of 2016 and beyond) in a core curriculum of at least 16 academic courses (Division I) or 14 academic courses (Division II) which were successfully completed during grades 9 through 12. Only courses that satisfy the NCAA definition of a core course can be used to calculate your NCAA GPA. No special values are allowed for “+” or “-” grades. The chart below shows what your core courses must include at a minimum.

For Division I: The minimum grade point average in the 16 core courses and required ACT or SAT score vary according to the Initial-Eligibility Index.

For Division II: There is no sliding scale. The minimum core grade point average is 2.000. The minimum SAT score is 820 (Critical Reading & Math only) and the minimum ACT sum score is 68.

Students first entering a Division I collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2008 must meet the new 16 core-course rule.

The 16 core-course rule INCREASES the number of core courses from 14 to 16 for Division I only. Students must complete three (3) years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher), and four (4) years of additional core courses. The additional core course may be taken in any core area. Only courses taken in grades nine through twelve will qualify as core courses for Division I. If you graduate from high school on schedule (eight semesters) with your incoming ninth grade class, you may use one core course completed in the year after graduation (summer or academic year).

For comprehensive rules on prospective Division I & Division II athletes please view the last page of the School Calendar and Student Handbook or visit or for more information. 


English core
4 years
3 years
Math core*
3 years *
2 years
Science core
2 years
2 years
Social Science core
2 years
2 years

From English, Math, or Science

1 year
2 years
Additional core (English, Math, Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, Philosophy, Nondoctrinal Religion)*
4 years*
3 years
Total Core Units Required*

*New Requirements: If you plan to enter a Division I college on August 1, 2008 or after you will be required to have 16 core courses. Students must complete three (3) years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher), and four (4) years of additional core courses. The additional core course may be taken in any core area. Computer Science is no longer used as a core course.
**NCAA Regulations are subject to change.




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