NCAA Eligibility

  • The NCAA requires that all student athletes planning on playing at a Division I or Division II level must 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 to early to start planning.  All freshmen student-athletes interested in continuing athletics at the collegiate level should review the Steps to Achieving Your Eligibility" file located at the bottom of this page.



    1. It is best to register at the end of your Junior year.  This will assist potential recruiters in knowing your academic and amateurism status.
    2. Complete registration on-line at the following address:     There is a one-time fee to register.  (You can only register on-line.  There are no paper registration forms available.)
    3. When registration is complete print a copy of your registration for your files.  You will need to print out a copy of the transcript release form.  This should be completed and brought in to the high school guidance secretary.  Your transcripts will be sent at the end of your sixth semester of high school (end of your Junior year).  This form will also allow us to send your final Sr. transcript to the eligibility center upon graduation.
    4. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only accept scores sent directly from the testing agency.  When you took the SAT/ACT, if you did not list the NCAA as a place to send your scores you will need to contact the testing agency directly to have your scores sent to the eligibility center.  If you are registering to take the SAT/ACT list the NCAA as an institution to which you would like your scores sent.  Use code "9999".
    5. Students with a documented disability will need to inform the NCAA Eligibility Center 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. Specific information can be obtained through "The Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete" document found at the bottom of this page.  (Calculate GPA, Find SAT score criteria for D-I and D-II, etc.)


    Academic Eligibility Requirements


    DIVISION I colleges or universities will need students to meet specific 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 D-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 must:

      1. Complete 16 core courses
        • 7 of the 10 core courses must be English, Math or Science
        • 10 of the 16 core courses must be completed before the 7th semester (end of Jr. year) of high school.
      2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.300 (based on NCAA approved core courses)
        • A repeat of one of the "locked in" courses will not be used to improve the GPA if taken after the seventh semester begins.
        • Grades earned in the 10 required courses required before the Sr. year are "locked in" for the purposes of GPA calculation
      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 must:
      1. Complete 16 core courses.
      2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.000.
      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 for either a full qualifier or academic redshirt.


    DIVISION II - Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible to practice, compete and receive a scholarship in the first full-time year at a D-II school, the student must graduate high school and meet ALL of the following requirements.


    1. Complete 16 Core Courses:
      • 3 years of English
      • 2 years of Math (Algebra I and higher)
      • 2 years of Natural or Physical Science (including 1 year of lab science)
      • 2 years of Social Science
      • 3 additional years of English, Math or Natural or Physical Science
      • 4 additional years of English, Math, Natural or Physical Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, Comparative Religion or Philosophy
    2. Earn at least a 2.2 GPA in your core courses
    3. Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score that matches your core-course GPA on the D-II competition sliding scale.

     Approved Core Courses

    Each high school has a list of NCAA approved core courses that can be viewed on the eligibility website.  Click on the "Resources" menu option then click "List of NCAA Courses", enter our high school code 393035. You can also access this information by contacting your guidance counselor or by clicking this LINK.

    When scheduling classes, make sure that you are meeting the NCAA core course requirements.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding selection of courses, please set up an appointment with your guidance counselor to review your coursework.



    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.

    Recruiting Calendars are available to look at for all sports.  To view, go to 

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