All students who hope to participate in inter-collegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I & II level, must choose their courses carefully to assure that they meet the eligibility requirements. Starting as early as ninth grade, these students should work with their counselors to map out an academic plan that will help them meet these requirements. This is not something only seniors have to think about!

To be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse, you must:

1 Graduate from high school.

You should apply for certification before graduation if you are sure you wish to participate in athletics as a freshman at the college to which you will be admitted. The Clearinghouse will issue a preliminary certification report when you have had all your materials submitted. After you graduate, the Clearinghouse will review your final transcript to make a final certification decision according to NCAA standards.

2 Earn a grade-point average of at least 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in a core curriculum of at least 13 academic courses which were successfully completed during grades 9 through 12. Only courses that satisfy the NCAA definition of a core course can be used to calculate your NCAA GPA. No special values are allowed for "+" or "-" grades. The chart below shows what your core courses must include at a minimum.

Core Units Required for NCAA Certification
  Division I Division II
English Core 4 years 3 years
Math Core* 2 years* 2 years
Science Core 2 years 2 years
Social Science Core 2 years 2 years
From English, Math, or Science 1 year 2 years
Additional Core (English, Math, Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, Computer Science,Philosophy, Nondoctrinal Religion) 2 years


2 years



*IMPORTANT NOTE: Division I certification requires 2 years of math, including at least 1 year of algebra and 1 year of geometry (or a course for which geometry is a prerequisite).

3 Earn a sum of scores of at least 68 on the ACT or a combined score of at least 820 on the SAT on a national test date. For Division I: The minimum grade-point average in the 13 core courses and required ACT or SAT score vary according to the Initial-Eligibility Index below.

  • Source of information: NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse "Making Sure You Are Eligible to Participate in College Sports -- For students who plan to enroll as college freshmen during 2001 -2002."

NCAA forms are available in the Guidance Office. See your counselor or coach if you have questions.