NCAA Requirements

 NCAA FRESHMAN – ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS

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The NCAA initial-eligibility rules have changed.

If you plan to enroll in any Division I or Division II college or university in fall 2005 or after, please read this information carefully.

 

For students entering any college or university on or after August 1, 2005, your NCAA initial eligibility will be evaluated under the new rules as described on this sheet.

For students entering any Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2008, your NCAA initial eligibility will be evaluated under the 16 core-course rule as described on this sheet.

 

THE NEW RULE:

• INCREASES the number of core courses from 13 to 14. This additional core course may be in any area: english, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language or non-doctrinal religion/philosophy. The breakdown of core-course requirements is listed below.

• CHANGES the Division I initial-eligibility index, or sliding scale. See the reverse side for the Core GPA/test score sliding-scale index.

• The 16 core-course rule INCREASES the number of core courses from 14 to 16 for Division I only.  Students must complete three years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher), and four years of additional core courses. The additional core course may be taken in any area: English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language or religion/philosophy. The breakdown of the requirements is listed below.

 

DIVISION 1

16 Core Course Rule

2008 and after:

16 Core Courses:

4 years of English

3 years of mathematics

(Algebra 1 or higher)

2 years of natural/

physical science (1

year of lab if offered by

high school)

1 year 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

religion/philosophy

 

DIVISION I

2005-2007

14 Core Courses:

4 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).

1 year of additional English,

mathematics or

natural/physical science.

2 years of social science.

3 years of additional

courses (from any area above, foreign language or non-doctrinal religion/

philosophy).

 

 

DIVISION II

2005 and after

14 Core Courses:

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 of additional

English, mathematics,

or natural/physical

science.

2 years of social science.

3 years of additional

courses (from any area above, foreign language or non-doctrinal religion/philosophy).

 

PLEASE NOTE: For students entering college on or after August 1, 2005, computer-science courses may only be used for initial-eligibility purposes if the course receives graduation credit in mathematics or natural/physical science and is listed as such on the high school’s list of NCAA-approved core courses. 

For more information regarding the new rule, 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

http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net/

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT NCAA ELIGIBILITY, PLEASE CALL THE NCAA INITIAL-ELIGIBILITY CLEARINGHOUSE TOLL-FREE AT 877/262-1492. YOU MAY ALSO CALL THE NCAA AT 317/917-6222.

 

 

In order to initiate the eligibility process, you need to complete the NCAA Clearinghouse Student Release Form.  You need to submit this form at the end of your junior year or the beginning of your senior year.  After you complete the form, you should mail the white form with a check for the fee and then give the yellow and pink copies to your guidance counselor so that your transcript can be sent to the Clearinghouse.  You may apply on-line at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net