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NCAA and NAIA Academic Eligibility Requirements

All Student-Athletes Must Register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.

Qualifier

Eligible to practice, compete and receive an athletic scholarship as a freshman.

Requirements:

  • Satisfy high school graduation requirements;
  • Must have a GPA of 2.000 in 13 core academic course units;
  • Must achieve a 68 (sum of scores on the four individual tests) on the ACT, or an 820 on the SAT.

(Note: The highest scores achieved on the verbal and mathematics section of the SAT or the highest scores achieved on the four individual tests of the ACT may be combined to achieve the highest scores).

High-School Core Courses:

  • At least 3 years of English;
  • At least 2 years of math (at the level of Algebra I or above);
  • At least 2 years of natural or physical science (including 1 lab course, if offered by any high school attended by the student);
  • At least 2 years of additional courses in English, math or natural or physical science;
  • At least 2 years of social science; and
  • 2 additional academic courses in any of the above areas or foreign language, computer science**, philosophy or nondoctrinal religion.

Partial Qualifier (Does not meet the standards for a qualifier.)

Eligible to practice at institution’s home facility during freshman year. No competition during freshman year. Will have four years of eligibility during college career. May receive institutional financial aid, including an athletic scholarship, during freshman year.

Requirements:

  • Does not meet requirements for qualifier;
  • Satisfy high school graduation requirements;
  • Successfully complete the 13 core courses (see above) with a minimum 2.000 core-course grade-point average; or
  • Attain minimum 68 ACT (sum of scores) or 820 SAT

Non-Qualifier (Does not meet the standards for a qualifier or partial qualifier)

Cannot practice or compete during freshman year. Will have four years of eligibility during college career. May not receive an athletic scholarship freshman year, but may receive regular need-based financial aid if the school certifies that aid was granted without regard to athletic ability.

**Note: For students first entering NCAA institutions on or after August 1, 2005, computer science courses cannot be used to meet initial-eligibility requirements.

NCAA Eligibility Changes

CLASS OF 2008

Division I: 16 core courses. One of the additional courses MUST be in mathematics. The other course may be in any area described above.

Division II: 14 core courses (no increase to 16).

For more information about the NCAA initial-eligibility requirements, please refer to the NCAA Web site at www.ncaa.org