NCAA Info & College Recruiting
The initial-eligibility standards for NCAA Division I college-bound student-athletes have changed. Since August 1, 2016, College-bound student-athletes first entering a Division I college or university will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice or compete during their first, (Freshman), year.
Below are the three levels of qualification you need to know:
- Full Qualifier:A college-bound student-athlete may receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice and compete in the first year of enrollment at the Division I college or university.
- Academic Redshirt:A college-bound student-athlete may receive athletics aid (scholarship) in the first year of enrollment and may practice in the first regular academic term (semester or quarter) but may NOT compete in the first year of enrollment. After the first term is complete, the college-bound student-athlete must be academically successful at his/her college or university to continue to practice for the rest of the year.
- Nonqualifier:A college-bound student-athlete cannot receive athletics aid (scholarship), cannot practice and cannot compete in the first year of enrollment.
Here are the requirements for each of the three levels:
- Full Qualifiermust:
- Complete 16 core courses (This requirement has not changed).Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester, (senior year) of high school. Seven of the 10 core courses must be English, math or science.
- Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.300. Grades earned in the 10 required courses required before the senior year are “locked in” for purposes of GPA calculation. A repeat of one of the “locked in” courses will not be used to improve the GPA if taken after the seventh semester begins.
- Meet the competition sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score (this is a new scale with increased GPA/test score requirements)
- Graduate from high school.
- Academic Redshirtmust:
- Complete 16 core courses (This requirement has not changed).
- Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.000
- Meet the academic redshirt sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score;
- Graduate from high school.
- Nonqualifieris a college-bound student-athlete who fails to meet the standards for a qualifier or for an academic redshirt.
Q 1: A college-bound student-athlete completes 16 core courses in the required
framework with a 2.500 core-course GPA and a 68 sum ACT. What is the college bound student-athlete’s initial-eligibility status?
A: The college-bound student-athlete is an academic redshirt. Under the new
competition scale, a 68 sum ACT score requires a 2.950 core-course GPA.
Q 2: 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). What is the
college-bound student-athlete’s NCAA initial-eligibility status?
A: The college-bound student-athlete is a nonqualifier because only 15 core courses were completed, not the required 16 core courses.
Q 3: A college-bound student-athlete completes nine core courses prior to the seventh
semester of high school. What is the college-bound student-athlete’s initial eligibility status?
A: The college-bound student-athlete cannot be certified as a qualifier because only nine of the 10 required courses were completed before the seventh semester. He/she would be permitted to practice and receive aid (scholarship), provided he/she presents 16 core courses and meets the necessary core-course GPA and test-score requirement at the time of graduation.
For more information visit www.eligibilitycenter.org
Playing the recruiting game: The NCAA has assigned maximum scholarship allotments for each sport it sponsors at the Division I and Division II levels. Division III programs do not have athletic scholarships. Schools themselves decide which sports are "priority" sports to determine the number of scholarships they will award, and they do not have to award all allocated scholarships.
What A College Coach LOOK For:
1. Good grades
2. Compete at the highest level possible
3. Multiple sport participation, versatility
Click the links below for more information on college recruiting.
NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly NCAA Clearing House)
Do you want to continue to compete in track & field and/or xc after high school? In order to do so at any NCAA Division I or II college/university you must register and be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. You must apply and be approved prior to your freshman year of college or you will not be allowed to be on the team or to accept any athletic scholarships. It is recommended to apply to the NCAA Eligibility Center before the end of your 11th grade school year. Final certification will come after graduation.
What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?
The NCAA Eligibility Center was created to bring academic and amateurism certifications together under one roof. Its purpose is to ensure that college-bound student-athletes, as well as coaches and administrators, understand the requirements to participate in NCAA Divisions I and II athletics.
All incoming freshman who plan on attending any NCAA Division I or II university MUST register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, meet all academic and amateur requirements and be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
What are the NCAA Eligibility Center standards I must meet?
The standards issued by the NCAA Eligibility Center are slightly different for Division I and Division II but are based on the same four principles:
- You must graduate from high school.
- You must successfully complete all core courses.
- You must have a minimum 2.000 GPA in core courses; and
- You must have a minimum qualifying score on the ACT or SAT.
What are Core Courses?
This is a very important topic for you to understand. Core courses are the foundation of the NCAA Eligibility Center standards. The more you know about core course requirements and the sooner you know it, the better prepared you will be to monitor your progress throughout your high school career. If you are even DREAMING of being a collegiate athlete, you should meet with your school counselor to map out a 4-year plan of the courses you will take. It's best to do this by no later than midway through your 10th grade year or as soon as possible after that if you are learning about this for the very first time. Making a plan prior to your 9th grade year is even better.
A core course is any course at your high school that has been reviewed and approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center as a course that meets its academic standards. In other words, core courses are courses "approved" by the Eligibility Center.
The NCAA Eligibility Center approves courses in four categories; English, Math, Natural/Physical Science and Social Science. Some Foreign Language, Philosophy and Non-Doctrinal Religion classes may also be approved as core courses. Please note that classes like Art, Band, Choir, Computers, Economics, Yearbook, and Physical Education are examples of courses that are NOT approved as core courses.
You must complete a minimum number of core courses in each category as part of the NCAA Eligibility Center certification process.
What courses at my high school are considered Core Courses?
The NCAA Eligibility Center maintains a list of approved core courses for every high school in the country that has registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. There are two ways for you to get the list for your high school.
- You may obtain the list from your high school counselor; or
- You may get the list online at the Eligibility Center Center website.
- Go to "https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/
- From the main page click on "Prospective Student-Athletes."
- Click on "The List of Approved Core Courses." (This list was formerly known as the 48-H form.)
- Enter your school's name and state in the search form.
How many Core Courses do I need to be able to compete?
Students in the classes of 2008 and beyond must complete 16 core courses for Division I and 14 core courses for Division II. It is recommended to set 16 core courses as your goal, just in case you develop DI potential in your junior and senior years.
Div I Core Course Requirements Div II Core Course Requirements Subject Requirement Subject Requirement English 4 years English 3 years Math (Algebra I or higher) 3 years Math (Algebra I or higher) 2 years Natural/Physical Science 2 years Natural/Physical Science 2 years Additional English, Math or Natural/Physical Science 1 year Additional English, Math or Natural/Physical Science 2 years Social Science 2 years Social Science 2 years Additional from any category above and/or Foreign Language, Philosophy or Non-Doctrinal Religion courses 4 years Additional from any category above and/or Foreign Language, Philosophy or Non-Doctrinal Religion courses 3 years Total 16 Courses Total 14 Courses
How can I calculate my Core Course GPA?
The NCAA Eligibility Center requires that you complete your core courses with a minimum GPA of 2.000. This is NOT the same as your overall high school GPA, since your high school GPA includes all of the courses you have taken, whether or not they are approved as core courses. Your core course GPA is calculated using only the core courses you have completed that are listed on your high school's list of approved core courses.
Calculating your core course GPA by hand involves the following steps:
- List the title of your core courses, the grades earned and credits earned for each course.
- Be sure to only include courses on your school's List of Approved Core Courses.
- Assign each course a unit value based on the credits earned.
- 1 year = 1.0 units
- 1 semester = .50 units
- 1 trimester = .33 units
- Assign each grade earned a "quality point" value.
- "A" = 4 quality points.
- "B" = 3 quality points.
- "C" = 2 quality points.
- "D" = 1 quality point.
- Note: The Eligibility Center does not use plus or minus grades.
- Calculate quality points earned for each course.
- Multiply the quality points for each grade by the unit value.
- For example: A "B" in a one-semester course is worth 1.50 quality points (3 x .50)
- Calculate your Final GPA.
- Add up the total number of quality points earned.
- Add up the total number of units completed.
- Divide the total quality points by the total units to get your Core Course GPA.
- For example: 42 quality points / 14 core course units = 3.00 GPA.
What SAT/ACT test scores do I need?
The test score requirements vary between Divisions I and II.
In Division II, the test score requirements are the same for every student, regardless of GPA. To meet Division II requirements, you must achieve at least an 820 on the SAT or a sum score of 68 on the ACT.
In Division I, a sliding scale is used based on core course GPA. The higher your GPA, the lower your test scores need to be to qualify. Higher test scores will also allow for a lower minimum gpa. The Test Score Index for the Division I is listed here.
Note: Test scores will be calculated using the math and verbal subsections of the SAT and the sum of the Math, Science, English and Reading subsections of the ACT. The writing component of the ACT or SAT will not be used to determine your qualifier status.However, more and more schools are requiring the writing portion of the test for admission, so it is a good idea to take that portion each time you take the test.
NOTE: Test scores must be reported directly from either ACT or SAT using code 9999. The NCAA no longer accepts test scores reported by your high school.
Also please note that it is common for student/athletes to take the ACT or the SAT more than once in order to get their desired score.
Return to www.nationalscholastic.org/resources to find the links to register online for the SAT and/or ACT as well as to see the test dates and registration deadlines.
How do I register with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
For registration information, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website at https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/ or contact NCAA Eligibility Center at the address and phone listed below:
NCAA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136
Call Center Hours: 8a.m. - 6p.m. EST Monday-Friday