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NCAA Academic Eligibility Requirements

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Here is some basic information regarding admission tests and NCAA Eligibility requirements:

    • Division I

      • 16 Core Classes
        • 4 years of English
        • 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
        • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
        • 1 extra year of English, math, or natural or physical science
        • 2 years of social science
        • 4 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, non-doctrinal religion or philosophy);

      • Basic Requirements
        • Graduate from High School
        • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses
        • Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course grade-point average and test score sliding scale (for example, a 2.400 core-course grade-point average needs an 860 SAT).

      • Eligibility Center Requirements
        • Register with NCAA Eligibility Center
        • Have test scores sent to Eligibility Center

    • Division II

      • 16 Core Classes
        • 3 years of English
        • 2 years of Math (Algebra 1 or higher)
        • 2 years natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
        • 3 additional years of English, math, or natural or physical science
        • 2 years of social science
        • 4 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, non-doctrinal religion or philosophy)

      • Basic Requirements
        • Graduate from High School
        • Earn a 2.00 GPA or better in core courses
        • Earn a combined SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68

      • Eligibility Center Requirements
        • Register with Eligibility Center
        • Have test scores sent to Eligibility Center

    • Division III
      • Colleges and Universities at the DIII Level set their own admission standards and there are no eligibility requirements
      • Student-athletes will need to contact DIII schools to get information on their policies

NAIA Academic Eligibility Requirements:

Click here to get current NAIA guides.


Here is some basic information regarding admission tests and NAIA Eligibility requirements:

  • Exams

    • SAT: Globally recognized college admission test; test how well you know reading, writing, and math and how well you can apply that knowledge

    • ACT: National College admissions test with subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science; accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in U.S.

    • TOEFL (PBT or iBT): measures an international student’s ability to use and understand English at the University level; offered as both a paper-based test or internet-based test (depends on location of student)

  • NAIA Eligibility

    • Basic Requirements
      • Graduate High School or be accepted as a regular student in good standing

    • Eligibility Requirements
      • Meet two of the three following requirements:
        • 1) Achieve a minimum of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT
        • 2) Achieve a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.0
        • 3) Graduate in the top half of your high school class
        • If you do not meet 2 of the 3 requirements, you will not be allowed to participate in athletics for the first full year of attendance

  • An NAIA Student-Athlete:
    • May participate during four seasons of competition within the first 10 semesters (15 quarters) they are in college
    • Must be enrolled in at least 12 hours every semester/quarter and be making normal progress toward a degree
    • Must meet freshman and/or continuing eligibility rules
    • Transfers
      • Transfers must “sit out” 16 weeks (112 calendar days) unless they only attended a 2-year college previously or never competed at a previous 4-year institution or have a 2.0 GPA and written release from the previous 4-year institution.

 

ACT, SAT, TOEFL Exams/Tests


Here is some basic information regarding admission tests and NAIA Eligibility requirements:</p>


    • SAT: Globally recognized college admission test; test how well you know reading, writing, and math and how well you can apply that knowledge

    • SAT II (Subject Tests): Content-based tests that allow the student to showcase where they excel; only national admission tests where the student chooses the subject matter; Only some schools require or recommend this test for applicants; please check admission requirements for each school
        • International students may be waived the SAT II test requirement depending on the institution; Domestic students still must take it for required schools

      • Register at www.collegeboard.com

    • ACT: National College admissions test with subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science; accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in U.S.

    • TOEFL (PBT or iBT): measures an international student’s ability to use and understand English at the University level; offered as both a paper-based test or internet-based test (depends on location of student)

 

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