High school academic requirements for NCAA participation is something that too often flies under the radar and is unknown. Being aware of these requirements and ensuring you pass NCAA Clearinghouse is necessary to be NCAA eligible. Being eligible is a responsibility that is of your own, so ensuring you meet the minimum threshold is a must when trying to become a collegiate athlete. Below, we have highlighted some of the NCAA Clearinghouse requirements for each division.
Division I Academic Standards
Division II Academic Standards
Division III Academic Standards
The NCAA has no academic requirements for DIII athletes. Each university sets their own academic standards for student-athletes and financial aid. It is best to contact the coaches at the DIII universities you are interested in and get the standards from them.
Key Terms Defined
Core Course: an academic, 4-year college preparatory course. English, Math, Natural Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, Religion/Philosophy. Courses such as: Theatre, Music, Physical Education etc. are NOT considered core courses.
Sliding Scale: NCAA uses the sliding scale to balance test scores and GPA. Therefore if your GPA is on the lower end, you need a higher test score to be eligible and vice-versa.
Full Qualifier: college-bound student-athlete may practice, compete and receive athletic scholarships during their first year of enrollment at an NCAA D1/D2 school.
Academic Redshirt: known as a partial qualifier, a college-bound student-athlete may receive athletic scholarships during their first year of enrollment and may practice during their first regular academic term, but may NOT compete during their first year of enrollment.
Updated on 7/29/19 by Joe Pounders
Posted on January 27, 2016 in NCAA Policy & Rules
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