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Initial Eligibility Academic Standards
10/24/2013
The NCAA Eligibility Center verifies the academic and amateur status of all prospective student-athletes who wish to compete in Division I athletics.
 
College-bound prospects who want to practice, compete and receive athletically related financial aid during their initial year of enrollment need to meet the following requirements:
 
  1. Graduate from high school.
  2. Complete a minimum of 16 core courses.
  3. Earn a minimum required grade-point average in core classes.
  4. Earn a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT.
  5. Request final amateurism certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center.

For Division I prospects who are looking to enroll on or after August 1, 2016, the requirements to compete in the first year of college will change.  In addition to the above standards, prospects must:

  1. Earn at least a 2.3 grade-point average in core courses.
  2. Meet an increased sliding-scale standard (for example a 820 SAT score or a 68 Sum ACT score will require a 2.50 Core GPA).
  3. Successfully complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses before the start of the seventh semester in high school.  Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, math and natural/physical science.

Prospects who earn a 2.0 Core GPA and meet the current sliding scale standard (for example, an SAT score of 820 or Sum ACT score of 68), but do not meet the 2.3 Core GPA requirement will be eligible for practice in the first term and receive athletically related financial aid the entire year, but will not be allowed to compete.  Freshman who are academically successful in the first term will earn the ability to continue to practice for the remainder of the year.

To learn more about the initial eligibility standards, here are some options to consider:

2013-2014 Guide to College Bound Student-Athletes

NCAA Division I Initial Eligibility Brochure

NCAA Division I Initial Eligibility Quick Guide