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SAT / ACT Minimum Test Scores

In Division I, there is a sliding scale of test score and GPA. View the scale by clicking here . In Division II, there is a minimum test-score requirement of 820 on the SAT (critical reading and math only), or 68 sum score on the ACT.

Deadline for Test Scores

Students much achieve the minimum required test score on the ACT or SAT before their initial  full-time collegiate enrollment. The SAT and ACT test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Eligibility Center; we cannot take test scores off transcripts. When students register for the ACT or SAT, they may input 9999 (the Eligibility Center test code) to have the test score sent directly to us. Doing this at the time of test registration will ensure the score comes to the Eligibility Center at no additional cost to the student.


Athletes and College

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.

Grade 11

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.

Grade 12

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



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

English 11

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
AP Literature


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  
      Forensics Chinese


NCAA DIVISION I  Core-Course Rule

16 Core Courses:

4 years of English.

3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).

2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).

1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.

2 years of social science.

4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy).




NCAA Amateurism Certification

 The NCAA Eligibility Center will include an amateurism certification section that will be used to determine the amateur status of freshman prospective student-athletes initially enrolling at NCAA Divisions I and II member institutions. [Note:  In NCAA Division III, certification of an individual's amateurism status is completed by each institution.]  


Registration Checklist

Below is a list of items that you may want to have prepared prior to beginning your registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Allow at least 15 minutes to one hour to register completely.

  • Valid E-mail Address.
  • Basic Personal Information.
  • Basic Education History.
  • Additional Coursework. 
  • Sports Participation History.

Payment. The Eligibility Center accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. If you are a U.S. resident, you can choose to pay by electronic check. Some individuals may qualify to apply for a fee waiver.