The admission and eligibility process for athletes has become increasingly complicated. Any athlete who wishes to receive an athletic scholarship or even participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I or Division II level must receive initial clearance from the NCAA’s Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse . It is mandatory, with no exceptions. To make things more confusing, Athletics and the college admission process have a longstanding but often misunderstood relationship. The college admission office is the gateway through which all athletes must pass. Every single one of the athletes who plays competitive intercollegiate athletics must first be admitted to a college (Pruden ).
In choosing classes for your student athlete it is important to be aware of College Entrance requirements and NCAA approved coursework. Please spend time researching the links and advice offerred on this page.
How Should the Eligibility Process Work?
Grades 9 and 10
Student takes academic college-preparatory courses, in the following areas: English, math, science, social studies and foreign language. Compare course selection against the list of NCAA-approved core courses.
Student continues to take college preparatory courses in the areas listed above.
Registers for the SAT and/or ACT, make sure to use code 9999 at the time of registration. This will ensure the score is reported directly to the Eligibility Center.
Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and complete both the academic information and the amateurism questionnaire.
Continue to take college preparatory courses in English, math, science, social studies and foreign language.
Make sure SAT/ACT scores have been submitted to the NCAA.
On or after April 1 of the senior year, the student goes back into their Eligibility Center account to update their academic and amateurism information and request final amateurism certification.
After graduation, request the student’s final transcript to be sent to the Eligibility Center.
River City Courses approved by NCAA
|MATH||SOCIAL SCIENCE||SCIENCE||ADDITIONAL CORE COURSES|
|English 9 / H||Integrated Math 1||World History||Biology / H / AP||Spanish 1-4|
|English 10 / H||Integrated Math 2||AP European History||Biomedical Science||AP Spanish|
|Integrated Math 3||Human Body Systems||Spanish Language Arts 1 / 2|
|AP Language||Math Analysis||US History / AP||Biomedical Innovation|
|English 12||Pre Calculus||
|Chemistry / H / AP||French 1-4|
|Economics / H (.5)||Principles of Technology||AP French|
|Expository Writing||AP Statistics||Government / AP (.5)||Physics|
|AP Calculus AB||Russian 1|
|Journalism||AP Calculus BC||Psychology||Physiology||Russian Language Arts 1/2|
|Creative Writing||Criminal Law||Environmental Science / AP|