• NCAA Division II

    Academic-Eligibility Requirements for Division II
    Students Enrolling at Division II Colleges
    Core Courses
    • Division II currently requires 16 core courses. 
      • 3 years of English
      • 2 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
      • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
      • 3 additional years of English, math, or natural or physical science
      • 2 years of social science
      • 4 years of additional core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy); 
    • Beginning August 1, 2018, to become a full or partial qualifier for Division II, all college-bound student-athletes must complete the entire 16 core-course requirement.
    Test Scores
    • Division II currently requires a minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
    • Beginning August 1, 2018, Division II will use a sliding scale to match test scores and core-course grade-point averages (GPA). The sliding scale for those requirements is shown below.
    • The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.
    • The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.
    • When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used.
    Grade-Point Average
    • Be sure to look at your high school’s List of NCAA Courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website (www.eligibilitycenter.org). Only courses that appear on your school's approved List of NCAA Courses will be used in the calculation of the core GPA. Use the list as a guide.
    • The current Division II core GPA requirement is a minimum of 2.000. Division II core GPA required to be eligible for competition on or after August 1, 2018, is 2.200 (corresponding test score requirements are listed on the Sliding Scale below). 
    • The minimum Division II core GPA required to receive athletics aid and practice as a partial qualifier on or after August 1, 2018, is 2.000 (corresponding test-score requirements are listed below).
    • Remember, the NCAA core GPA is calculated using NCAA core courses only.
                                                                            Division II
                    Competition Sliding Scale                                                             Partial Qualifier Sliding Scale
                    Beginning August 1, 2018                                                                Beginning August 1, 2018
    Core GPA SAT Verbal and Math ACT Sum Core GPA SAT Verbal and Math ACT Sum
    3.3 and up 400 37 3.05 and up 400 37
    3.275 410 38 3.025 410 38
    3.25 420 39 3 420 39
    3.225 430 40 2.975 430 40
    3.2 440 41 2.95 440 41
    3.175 450 41 2.925 450 41
    3.15 460 42 2.9 460 42
    3.125 470 42 2.875 470 42
    3.1 480 43 2.85 480 43
    3.075 490 44 2.825 490 44
    3.05 500 44 2.8 500 44
    3.025 510 45 2.775 510 45
    3 520 46 2.75 520 46
    2.975 530 46 2.725 530 46
    2.95 540 47 2.7 540 47
    2.925 550 47 2.675 550 47
    2.9 560 48 2.65 560 48
    2.875 570 49 2.625 570 49
    2.85 580 49 2.6 580 49
    2.825 590 50 2.575 590 50
    2.8 600 50 2.55 600 50
    2.775 610 51 2.525 610 51
    2.75 620 52 2.5 620 52
    2.725 630 52 2.475 630 52
    2.7 640 53 2.45 640 53
    2.675 650 53 2.425 650 53
    2.65 660 54 2.4 660 54
    2.625 670 55 2.375 670 55
    2.6 680 56 2.35 680 56
    2.575 690 56 2.325 690 56
    2.55 700 57 2.3 700 57
    2.525 710 58 2.275 710 58
    2.5 720 59 2.25 720 59
    2.475 730 60 2.225 730 60
    2.45 740 61 2.2 740 61
    2.425 750 61 2.175 750 61
    2.4 760 62 2.15 760 62
    2.375 770 63 2.125 770 63
    2.35 780 64 2.1 780 64
    2.325 790 65 2.075 790 65
    2.3 800 66 2.05 800 66
    2.275 810 67 2.025 810 67
    2.25 820 68 2 820 and above 68 and up
    2.225 830 69
    2.2 840 and above 70 and up

                
    Division II Qualifier
    Being a qualifier enables you to:
    • Practice or compete for your college or university during your first year of college; 
    • Receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college; and 
    • Play four seasons in your sport if you maintain your eligibility from year to year. 
    Division II Partial Qualifier
    You will be considered a partial qualifier if you do not meet all of the academic requirements listed above, but you have graduated from high school and meet one of the following:
    • The combined SAT score of 820 or ACT sum score of 68; or
    • Completion of the 14 core courses with a 2.000 core-course grade-point average.
    As a partial qualifier, you: 
    • Can practice with your team at its home facility during your first year of college; 
    • Can receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college; 
    • Cannot compete during your first year of college; and 
    • Can play four seasons in your sport if you maintain your eligibility from year to year.
    Division II Nonqualifier
    You will be considered a nonqualifier if you did not graduate from high school, or, if you graduated and are missing both the core-course grade-point average or minimum number of core courses and the required ACT or SAT scores.
    As a nonqualifier, you:
    • Cannot practice or compete for your college or university during your first year of college; 
    • Cannot receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college, although you may receive need-based financial aid; and 
    • Can play four seasons in your sport if you maintain your eligibility from year to year.