Eligibility Center

The NCAA runs an eligibility check to govern college athletics. This process used to be called Clearinghouse but is now known as the NCAA Eligibility Center. They have a website aimed at students that is helpful at explaining what is required. You must register and you must qualify. If you do not qualify you will not be eligible to play or practice with the college team you want to play for. There is a fee of $75 for registering and the forms can be obtained from your school counselor or from the website.  Keep in mind that individual programs may have higher standards though – Many colleges we have interviewed want GPA scores of 3.0, 3.2 or higher, not just the 2.0 required here.

Students obviously have to graduate from high school and must have a grade point average of 2.0 or better in the core curriculum (16 subjects for DI and 14 for DII. The higher your GPA the lower your ACT and SAT scores can be, but with a lower GPA, the higher your test scores need to be. It is a sliding scale based upon your GPA. For example: a higher core GPA to reduce the SAT component. A 2.5 core GPA will still need a 820 SAT score, a higher core GPA of 2.75 will need a 720 SAT score, a 3.0 core GPA will only require a 620 SAT score and a 3.55 core GPA will just need a 400 SAT score.

Division I requirements:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
  • 1 year of additional science, math or English
  • 2 years of social studies
  • 4 years of additional core courses (they can be from any listed above or from non-doctrinal religion or philosophy or foreign language)

Division II Requirements

  • 3 years of English
  • 2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
  • 2 year of additional science, math or English
  • 2 years of social studies
  • 3 years of additional core courses (they can be from any listed above or from non-doctrinal religion or philosophy or foreign language)
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