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NCAA - Playing College Sports

NCAA INFORMATION

Student athletes wishing to play sports in college at the Division I or II levels must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center during the summer of their junior year.  Information regarding NCAA eligibility can be found at the www.ncaa.org website.

Contact the NCAA at
www.eligibilitycenter.org
1-877-262-1492

Important Information:

  • Division I
    • requires 16 core courses
    • has a sliding scale for test scores and grade-point average. Click here for the sliding scale.
  • Division II
    • requires 14 core courses; however, beginning 2013, students will be required to complete 16 core courses
    • does not have a sliding scale: 
      • the grade-point-average requirement is a minimum of 2.000
      • has a minimum SAT score is 820 (Verbal and Math sections only) and the minimum ACT sum score is 68.
  • Only core courses are used in the calculation of the grade-point average. To search for a course to determine if it is recognized by NCAA as a core course, click here.
  • Be sure to look at your high school’s list of NCAA-approved core courses on the Eligibility Center's Web site to make certain that courses being taken have been approved as core courses. The Web site is www.eligibilitycenter.org.
Test Scores

  • 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 four sections on the ACT: English, mathematics, reading and science.
  • All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center by the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used. When registering for the SAT or ACT, use the Eligibility Center code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the Eligibility Center.
Students enrolling at an NCAA Division I or II institution for the first time need to also complete the amateurism questionnaire through the Eligibility Center Web site.  Students need to request final amateurism certification prior to enrollment.

For more information regarding the rules, please go to www.ncaa.org. Click on “Student-athletes and Parents” in the “Custom Home Pages” section. You may also visit the clearinghouse Web site at www.eligibilitycenter.org.