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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.

NCAA Requirements


Students must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Integrated 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester (before Senior Year). Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible. 


Social Science
English 9 /H
 World History
 Biology / AP
 Spanish / AP
English 10 /H
 US History / AP
 Chemistry / AP
English 11/AP
 AP Euro
 Pre Calculus
 Economics (.5)
 Statistics / AP
 Government (.5)
Creative Writing
 AP Calculus
 Criminal Law

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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.

 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. 

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.]