NCAA Freshman Eligibility Standards

Core Courses

NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses as of August 1, 2008.  This rule applies to any student first entering and Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2008.  Please see below for the breakdown.

NCAA Division II requires 14 core courses.  Please note, Division II will require 16 core courses beginning August 1, 2013.  See below for the breakdown.

Test Scores

  • Division I has a sliding scale for test score and grade-point average.
  • Division II has a minimum SAT score requirement of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
  • 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 of 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 code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the Eligibility Center.

Grade-Point Average

  • Only core courses are used in calculation of the grade-point average.
  • Be sure to look at your high school's list of NCAA-approved core courses on the Eligibility Center's website to make certain that courses being taken have been approved as core courses.  The website is www.eligibilitycenter.org.
  • The Division II grade-point average requirement is a minimum of 2.000.

 

Division I - 16 core-course rule:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school)
  • 1 year additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science
  • 2 years of social studies
  • 4 years additional courses (from any area above)

Division II - 14 core-course rule:

  • 3 years of English
  • 2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school)
  • 2 years additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science
  • 2 years of social studies
  • 3 years additional courses (from any area above)