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NCAA Clearninghouse

NCAA FRESHMAN-ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS

QUICK REFERENCE SHEET

KNOW THE RULES:

Core Courses

• NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses as of August 1, 2008 . This rule applies to any student first entering any Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2008. See the chart below for the breakdown of this 16 core-course requirement.


• NCAA Division II requires 14 core courses. See the breakdown of core-course requirements below. Please note, Division II will require 16 core courses beginning August 1, 2013.


Test Scores

• Division I has a sliding scale for test score and grade-point average. The sliding scale for those requirements is shown on page two of this sheet.


• 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 on 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 Center code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the Eligibility Center.


Grade-Point Average

• Only core courses are used in the 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 Web site to make certain that courses being taken have been approved as core courses. The Web site is www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.


• Division I grade-point-average requirements are listed on page two of this sheet.


• The Division II grade-point-average requirement is a minimum of 2.000.


DIVISION I

16 Core-Course Rule

16 Core Courses:

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 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 nondoctrinal religion/philosophy).

DIVISION II

14 Core-Course Rule

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 nondoctrinal religion/philosophy).


PLEASE NOTE: Beginning August 1, 2013, students planning to attend an NCAA Division II institution will be required to complete 16 core courses.




NCAA DIVISION I SLIDING SCALE

CORE GRADE-POINT AVERAGE/

TEST-SCORE

New Core GPA / Test Score Index

Core GPA SAT ACT

Verbal and Math ONLY

3.550 & above 400 37

3.525 410 38

3.500 420 39

3.475 430 40

3.450 440 41

3.425 450 41

3.400 460 42

3.375 470 42

3.350 480 43

3.325 490 44

3.300 500 44

3.275 510 45

3.250 520 46

3.225 530 46

3.200 540 47

3.175 550 47

3.150 560 48

3.125 570 49

3.100 580 49

3.075 590 50

3.050 600 50

3.025 610 51

3.000 620 52

2.975 630 52

2.950 640 53

2.925 650 53

2.900 660 54

2.875 670 55

2.850 680 56

2.825 690 56

2.800 700 57

2.775 710 58

2.750 720 59

2.725 730 59

2.700 730 60

2.675 740-750 61

2.650 760 62

2.625 770 63

2.600 780 64

2.575 790 65

2.550 800 66

2.525 810 67

2.500 820 68

2.475 830 69

2.450 840-850 70

2.425 860 70

2.400 860 71

2.375 870 72

2.350 880 73

2.325 890 74

2.300 900 75

2.275 910 76

2.250 920 77

2.225 930 78

2.200 940 79

2.175 950 80

2.150 960 80

2.125 960 81

2.100 970 82

2.075 980 83

2.050 990 84

2.025 1000 85

2.000 1010 86


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

• Division II has no sliding scale. The minimum core grade-point average is 2.000. The minimum SAT score is 820 (verbal and math sections only) and the minimum ACT sum score is 68.


• 14 core courses are currently required for Division II. However, beginning 2013, students will be required to complete 16 core courses.


• 16 core courses are required for Division I.


• The SAT combined score is based on the verbal and math sections only. The writing section will not be used.


• SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Scores on transcripts will not be used.


• Students enrolling at an NCAA Division I or II institution for the first time need to also complete the amateurism questionnaire through the Eligibility Center Web site. Students need to request final amateurism certification prior to enrollment.


For more information regarding the rules, please go to www.ncaa.org. Click on "Academics and Athletes" then "Eligibility and Recruiting." Or visit the Eligibility Center Web site at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.

Please call the NCAA Eligibility Center if you have questions:

Toll-free number: 877/262-1492.

NCAA Eligibility Center