If you want to play NCAA sports at an NCAA Division I or II school, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org. The Eligibility Center works with you and your high school to certify your initial eligibility.
The following criteria are used to determine initial eligibility through the NCAA Eligibility Center:
- Graduate High School
- Complete 16 high school core courses
3 years of English
2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
2 years of natural/physical science (1year of lab if offered by High School)
3 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science
2 years of social science
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or non-doctrinal
- Earn at least a 2.000 GPA in your high school core-courses.
- Earn combined SAT score of 820 (Math & Verbal) or an ACT sum score of 68 (total of all scores combined Math, English, Reading, and Science) before full-time collegiate enrollment.
After the following criteria is submitted to the NCAA Eligibility Center the NCAA Eligibility Center will give you one of the classifications listed below:
Qualifier: Meets all criteria listed above and is eligible for practice, competition, and athletic institutional financial aid.
Partial Qualifier: Does not meet criteria for Qualifier, but either successfully completes a 16 core-course curriculum with at least a 2.000 GPA, or meets specified minimum SAT or ACT score. Partial Qualifiers are eligible for practice and may receive athletic institutional aid, but may not compete during their first academic year.
Nonqualifier: Does not graduate from high school or presents neither the core-curriculum grade-point average nor SAT/ACT score required for a qualifier. Nonqualifiers shall not be eligible for competition or practice, and may not receive athletic institutional financial aid.
All prospective student-athletes must also complete the amateurism section on the NCAA Eligibility Center, to determine amateur status.