5 – NCAA Eligibility

Division I Academic Eligibility Requirements

If you’re entering a Division I college on or after August 1, 2005, in order to be classified a “qualifier”, you’re required to:

  • Graduate from high school
  • Successfully complete a core curriculum of at least 14 academic courses follows:
    English (4 years)
    Mathematics (2 years of mathematics courses at level of Algebra I or above)
    Natural or Physical Science (2 years including at least one laboratory course, if offered by the high school)
    Additional courses in English, Mathematics or Natural or Physical Science (1 year)
    Social Science (2 years)
    Additional academic courses (3 years in any of the above areas, foreign language, philosophy or nondoctrinal religion [e.g., comparative religion] courses)
  • Have a core-course grade-point average (based on a maximum of 4.000) and a combined score on the SAT verbal and math sections or a sum score on the ACT based on the qualifier index scale.

A “partial qualifier” is eligible to practice with a team at its home facility and receive an athletics scholarship during his or her first year at a Division I school and then has three seasons of competition remaining.

A partial qualifier may earn a fourth year of competition, provided that at the beginning of the fifth academic year following the student-athlete’s initial, full-time collegiate enrollment, the student-athlete has received a baccalaureate degree.

In order to be classified a “partial qualifier,” you have not met the requirements for a qualifier but you’re required to:

  • Graduate from high school
  • Successfully complete a core curriculum of at least 14 academic courses in the appropriate core areas
  • Present a core-course grade-point average (based on a maximum of 4.000) and a combined score on the SAT verbal and math sections or a sum score on the ACT based on the partial qualifier index scale

 

Division I Qualifier Index

Core GPAACT*SAT**
sum of scores
3.550 & up37400
3.52538410
3.539420
3.47540430
3.45041440
3.42541450
3.442460
3.37542470
3.35043480
3.32544490
3.344500
3.27545510
3.25046520
3.22546530
3.247540
3.17547550
3.15048560
3.12549570
3.149580
3.07550590
3.05050600
3.02551610
3.052620
2.97552630
2.95053640
2.92553650
2.954660
2.87555670
2.85056680
2.82556690
2.857700
2.77558710
2.75059720
2.72559730
2.760730
2.67561740-750
2.65062760
2.62563770
2.664780
2.57565790
2.55066800
2.52567810
2.50068820
2.47569830
2.45070840-850
2.42570860
2.40071860
2.37572870
2.35073880
2.32574890
2.30075900
2.27576910
2.25077920
2.22578930
2.20079940
2.17580950
2.15080960
2.12581960
2.10082970
2.07583980
2.05084990
2.025851000
2.000861010

* Previously, ACT score was calculated by averaging four scores. New standards are based on sum of scores

** For SAT tests taken on or after April 1, 1995

A “nonqualifier” is a student who has not graduated from high school or who has presented neither the core-curriculum grade-point average and SAT/ACT scores required for a qualifier.

A nonqualifier shall not be eligible for regular-season competition or practice during the first academic year in residence and then has three seasons of competition remaining. A nonqualifier during the first academic year in residence shall be eligible for nonathletics institutional financial aid that is not from an athletics source and is based on financial need only.

A nonqualifier may earn a fourth year of competition, provided that at the beginning of the fifth academic year following the student-athlete’s initial, full-time collegiate enrollment, the student-athlete has received a baccalaureate degree.

A student with a diagnosed disability who was not a qualifier may earn a fourth season of competition, provided the student-athlete has satisfied specified procedures and has completed at least 75 percent of his or her degree program at the beginning of the fifth academic year after the student-athlete’s full-time collegiate enrollment.

 

Division II Academic Eligibility Requirements

If you’re first entering a Division II college on or after August 1, 1996, in order to be classified a “qualifier” you’re required to:

  • Graduate from high school
  • Have a GPA of 2.000 (based on a maximum of 4.000) in a successfully completed core curriculum of at least 14 academic courses as follows:
    English (3 years)
    Mathematics (2 years)
    Natural or Physical Science (2 years including at least one laboratory course, if offered by the high school)
    Additional courses in English, Mathematics or Natural or Physical Science (2 years)
    Social Science (2 years)
    Additional academic courses (3 years in any of the above areas or foreign language, computer science, philosophy or nondoctrinal religion [e.g., comparative religion] courses)
  • Have a combined score on the SAT verbal and math sections of 820 (if taken on or after April 1, 1995) or a 68 sum score on the ACT and a GPA of 2.0

A “partial qualifier” is eligible to practice with a team at its home facility and receive an athletics scholarship during his or her first year at a Division II school, and then has four seasons of competition remaining.

In order to be classified a “partial qualifier,” you have not met the requirements for a qualifier, but you’re required to graduate from high school and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Specified minimum SAT or ACT score; or
  • Successful completion of a required core curriculum consisting of 14 core courses and a 2.000 grade-point average in the core curriculum.

A nonqualifier is a student who has not graduated from high school or who has presented neither the core-curriculum grade-point average and SAT/ACT score required for a qualifier.

A nonqualifier is not eligible for regular-season competition and practice during the first academic year in residence and then has four seasons of competition. A nonqualifier may not receive athletics-related aid as a freshman, but may receive regular need-based financial aid if the school certifies that aid was granted without regard to athletics ability.

 

Division III

These requirements currently do not apply to Division III colleges, where eligibility for financial aid, practice and competition is governed by institutional, conference and other NCAA regulations.