NCAA Eligibility

Rules and Compliance

The NCAA’s new eligibility standards for prospective student-athletes go into effect for the 2016 class but begin applying to this fall’s high school freshmen. It is our goal as an organization to help our athletes, who have the potential of participating in sports at the collegiate level, be the most prepared to meet the academic requirements.


Academic Standards

To be eligible for a scholarship and compete at a Division I institution, a high school student must have done the following:

* 16: Number of core courses required for NCAA eligibility
* 10: Core courses completed by the beginning of an athlete’s senior year
* 7: Number of 10 initial core courses that must be in English, Math or Science
* 2.3: Minimum GPA in those 16 core courses (up from 2.0)
* 2.5: Minimum GPA for junior college transfer


College-bound student-athletes who want to practice, compete and receive athletically related financial aid during their first year at a Division I or II school need to meet the following requirements:

 1. Graduate from high school.

 2. Complete a minimum of 16 core courses for Division I or II.

* 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)

* 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)

 3. Earn a minimum required grade-point average in core courses.

 4. Earn a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT.

 5. Request final amateurism certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center.


For Division I student-athletes who will enroll in August 1, 2016 and later, the requirements to compete in the first year will change. In addition to the above standards, students must:

* Earn at least a 2.3 grade-point average in core courses.

* Meet an increased sliding-scale standard (for example, an SAT score of 820 requires a 2.5 high school core course GPA)

* Successfully complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses before the start of their seventh semester in high school. Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, math and science.



NCAA member schools have adopted rules to create an equitable recruiting environment that promotes student-athlete well-being. The rules define who may be involved in the recruiting process, when recruiting may occur and the conditions under which recruiting may be conducted. Recruiting rules seek, as much as possible, to control intrusions into the lives of student-athletes.

The NCAA defines recruiting as “any solicitation of prospective student-athletes or their parents by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution’s athletics interests for the purpose of securing a prospective student-athlete’s enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.”


Click to view 2015-2016 NCAA Recruiting Calendars: Division 1 | Division II

For more detail about academic requirements please visit the NCAA Eligibility Center.