• Academic-Eligibility Requirements for Division I

    To be eligible to participate in athletics or receive an athletics scholarship during your first year you must:
    • Graduate from high school; 
    • Complete 16 core courses:
      • Ten (10) core courses completed before the start of the 7th semester.
        • Seven (7) of the initial 10 must be in English, Math, or Natural/Social Science.
    • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses (2.30 for competition or 2.0 for academic redshirt); and 
    • Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course grade-point average and test score sliding scale (for example, a 2.400 core-course grade-point average needs an 860 SAT).
    Test Scores: (ACT/SAT)
    • Students must present a corresponding test score and core-course GPA on the sliding scale 
      • SAT: critical reading and math sections.Best subscore from each section is used to determine the SAT combined score for initial eligibility.
      • ACT: English, math, reading and science sections.
        • Best subscore from each section is used to determine the ACT sum score for initial eligibility.
    • All ACT and SAT attempts before initial full-time collegiate enrollment may be used for initial eligibility.
    • Enter 9999 during ACT or SAT registration to ensure the testing agency reports your score directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Test scores on transcripts will not be used.
    Core Grade-Point Average:
    • Only core courses that appear on the high school's List of NCAA Courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website (www.eligibilitycenter.org) will be used to calculate your core-course GPA. Use this list as a guide.
    • Initial full-time collegiate enrollment on or after August 1, 2016:
      • Students must present a corresponding test score (ACT sum score or SAT combined score) and core-course GPA (minimum 2.300) on Sliding Scale B (see Page No. 2).
      • Core-course GPA is calculated using the best 16 core courses that meet both progression (10 before seventh semester; seven in English, math or science; "locked in") and subject-area requirements. 


    Full Qualifier: College-bound student-athletes may practice, compete and receive athletics scholarship during their first year of enrollment at an NCAA Division I school.
    Academic Redshirt: College-bound student-athletes may receive athletics scholarships during their first year of enrollment and may practice during their first regular academic term but may NOT compete during their first year of enrollment.
    Nonqualifier: College-bound student-athletes cannot receive may not practice, compete or receive athletics scholarships during their first year of enrollment at an NCAA Division I school.
    After August 1, 2016
    1. A college-bound student-athlete completes nine core courses prior to the seventh semester of high school.  However, he/she is an academic redshirt because only nine of the 10 required courses were completed before the seventh semester. He/she would be permitted to practice and receive scholarships, provided he/she presents 16 core courses and meets the minimum core-course GPA and test-score requirement at the time of graduation.
    2. A college-bound student-athlete completes 16 core courses in the required coursework with a 2.300 corecourse GPA and a 79 sum ACT. The college-bound student-athlete is full qualifier under the new sliding scale because the minimum GPA requirement is 2.300 with an ACT sum score of at least 75.
    3. A college-bound student-athlete completes 15 core courses with a 2.500 core-course GPA and an 820 SAT score (critical reading and math). The college-bound student-athlete is a nonqualifier because only 15 core courses were completed, not the required 16 core courses. 
    Requirement to graduate with your high school class:
    You must complete the 16 core-course requirement in eight semesters, which begins when you initially started high school with your ninth-grade class. If you graduate from high school in eight semesters with your class, you may use one core-course unit completed within one year after graduation (summer or academic year) to meet NCAA Division I initial-eligibility requirements.
    You may complete the core course at a location other than the high school from which you graduated and may initially enroll full time at a college or university at any time after completion of the core course.
  • NCAA DIVISION I SLIDING SCALE
    CORE GRADE-POINT AVERAGE/
    TEST-SCORE (Before August 1, 2016)

    Core GPA / Test Score Index


    Core GPA 
    SAT
    Verbal & Math ONLY
    ACT
    3.55 & above 400 37
    3.525   410  38 
    3.500  420  39 
    3.475  430  40 
    3.450  440  41 
    3.425  450  41 
    3.400  460  42 
    3.375  470  42 
    3.350  480  43 
    3.325  490  44 
    3.300  500  44 
    3.275  510  45 
    3.250  520  46 
    3.225  530  46 
    3.200  540  47  
    3.175  550   47 
    3.150  560  48 
    3.125  570  49 
    3.100  580   49 
    3.075  590   50 
    3.050  600  50 
    3.025  610  51  
    3.000  620  52 
    2.975  630   52 
    2.950  640  53 
    2.925  650  53 
    2.900  660  54 
    2.875  670 55
    2.850  680  56 
    2.825  690  56 
    2.800  700  57 
    2.775  710  58 
    2.750  720  59 
    2.725   730 59 
    2.700  730  60 
    2.675  740-750  61 
    2.650  760  62 
    2.625  770  63 
    2.600  780  64 
    2.575  790  65 
    2.550  800  66 
    2.525  810  67  
    2.500  820  68 
    2.475  830  69  
    2.450  840-850  70 
    2.425  860  70 
    2.400  860  71 
    2.375  870  72 
    2.350   880   73 
    2.325   890  74  
    2.300  900  75 
    2.275  910  76 
    2.250  920  77 
    2.225  930  78 
    2.200  940  79 
    2.175  950  80 
    2.150  960  80 
    2.125  960  81 
    2.100  970  82 
    2.075  980  83 
    2.050  990  84 
    2.025  1000  85 
    2.000  1010  86 
  • NCAA DIVISION I SLIDING SCALE
    CORE GRADE-POINT AVERAGE/
    TEST-SCORE (On or After August 1, 2016)

    Core GPA / Test Score Index


    Core GPA 
    SAT
    Verbal & Math ONLY
    ACT
    3.55 & above 400 37
    3.525   410  38 
    3.500  420  39 
    3.475  430  40 
    3.450  440  41 
    3.425  450  41 
    3.400  460  42 
    3.375  470  42 
    3.350  480  43 
    3.325  490  44 
    3.300  500  44 
    3.275  510  45 
    3.250  520  46 
    3.225  530  46 
    3.200  540  47  
    3.175  550   47 
    3.150  560  48 
    3.125  570  49 
    3.100  580   49 
    3.075  590   50 
    3.050  600  50 
    3.025  610  51  
    3.000  620  52 
    2.975  630   52 
    2.950  640  53 
    2.925  650  53 
    2.900  660  54 
    2.875  670 55
    2.850  680  56 
    2.825  690  56 
    2.800  700  57 
    2.775  710  58 
    2.750  720  59 
    2.725   730 60
    2.700  740  61
    2.675  750  61 
    2.650  760  62 
    2.625  770  63 
    2.600  780  64 
    2.575  790  65 
    2.550  800  66 
    2.525  810  67  
    2.500  820  68 
    2.475  830  69  
    2.450  840 70 
    2.425  850 70 
    2.400  860  71 
    2.375  870  72 
    2.350   880   73 
    2.325   890  74  
    2.300  900  75 
    2.299 910  76 
    2.275  910  76 
    2.250  920  77 
    2.225  930  78 
    2.200  940  79 
    2.175  950  80 
    2.150  960  81 
    2.125  970  82 
    2.100  980  83 
    2.075  990  84 
    2.050  1000  85 
    2.025
    2.00 
    1010
    1020 
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    Meeting the NCAA academic requirements does not
    guarantee your admission into a college. You must apply
    for college admission.