DIVISION I


           If you enroll in a Division I college and want to participate in athletics or receive an athletics scholarship during your first year,

           you must

  • Graduate from High School.
  • Complete these 16 Core Courses in high school:
    • 4 years of English. years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). years of additional courses (from any area above, language or nondoctrinal religion/ philosophy).
    • 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).
  • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses; and
  • Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core course grade-point average and test score sliding scale
  • (The higher your GPA, the lower your minimum SAT or ACT score can be. For example, a student with a 2.0 GPA must score at least a 1010 on his SAT or an 86 on his ACT. However, a student with a 3.0 GPA is afforded a minimum of a 620 on his SAT or
  • a 52 on his ACT.)
  • Complete all necessary information with the NCAA Clearinghouse and college.

           You will be a non qualifier 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 non qualifier, 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. 

         DIVISION II


           If you enroll in a Division II college and want to participate in athletics or receive an athletics scholarship during your first year,

           you must:

  • Graduate from High School.
  • Complete these 14 core courses in high school:
    • 3 years of English.
    • 2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
    • 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
    • 2 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
    • 2 years of social science.
    • 3 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy);
  • Earn a 2.000 grade-point average or better in your core courses and earn a combined SAT score of 820 OR an ACT sum score of 68. (In Division II, there is no sliding scale.)
  • Complete all necessary information with the NCAA Clearinghouse and college.

         You will be a qualifier if you meet the academic requirements listed above. As a qualifier, you:

  • Can practice or compete for your college or university during your first year of college
  • Can receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college
  • Can play four seasons in your sport if you maintain your eligibility from year to year.

          You will be 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 III


               NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse requirements for eligibility are not used for Division III. If you want to play Division III

               athletics contact your prospective college regarding its policies on eligibility, financial aid, practice policies, and

              competition guidelines.


           JUNIOR COLLEGE

           The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) states that the following requirements must be met for entering                       student-athletes to gain athletic eligibility at a junior college.


  • A student-athlete must be a graduate of a high school with a duly recognized academic diploma or a General Education Department test (GED) that has been:
    • Authorized by a State Department of Education or other State recognized education agency, or
    • Authorized by a Regional Association as defined by the United States Department of Education, or
    • Approved by the NJCAA National Office after submission of a request letter, appropriate transcripts and documentation.

  • Non-high school graduates can establish eligibility for athletic participation by completing one term of college work passing
  • 12 credits with a 1.75 GPA or higher. This term must be taken after the student-athlete's high school class has graduated.
  • Non-high school graduates who have earned sufficient credit for high school graduation status can establish eligibility for athletic participation by completing one term of college work passing 12 credits with a 1.75 GPA or higher.
  • This term can be completed before the student-athlete's high school class has graduated.
  • Student-athletes classified under Section 3.B. or 3.C. above may be added to the eligibility roster after completion of the requirements in the respective Section. (May not be added until the term is over.)
  • Student-athletes who are completing high school and are simultaneously enrolled in 12 or more credits at a college are eligible for athletic participation with the completion of the NJCAA High School Waiver Form. This form must be signed by the student-athlete's high school Principal and the College President. This provision is applicable to only those student-athletes whose high school class has not graduated at the time of college enrollment​

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