Core Courses
NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses. NCAA Division II currently requires 14 core courses.
Division II will require 16 core courses for students enrolling on or after August 1, 2013. See the charts below.
NCAA Division I will require 10 core courses to be completed prior to the seventh semester (seven of
the 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that meet the distribution
requirements below). These 10 courses become "locked in" at the seventh semester and cannot be retaken for
grade improvement.
o Beginning August 1, 2016, it will be possible for a Division I college-bound student-athlete to still receive
athletics aid and the ability to practice with the team if he or she fails to meet the 10 course requirement,
but would not be able to compete.
Test Scores
Division I uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core grade-point averages (GPA). The sliding scale for
those requirements is shown on Page No. 2 of this sheet.
Division II requires a minimum SAT score 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 following four sections: English, mathematics, reading
and science.
When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all
SAT and ACT scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency.
Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used.
Grade-Point Average
Be sure to look at your high school’s List of NCAA Courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website
(www.eligibilitycenter.org). Only courses that appear on your school's List of NCAA Courses will be used in the
calculation of the core GPA. Use the list as a guide.
Division I students enrolling full time before August 1, 2016, should use Sliding Scale A to determine
eligibility to receive athletics aid, practice and competition during the first year.
Division I GPA required to receive athletics aid and practice on or after August 1, 2016, is 2.000
(corresponding test-score requirements are listed on Sliding Scale B on Page No. 2 of this sheet).
Division I GPA required to be eligible for competition on or after August 1, 2016, is 2.300 (corresponding
test-score requirements are listed on Sliding Scale B on Page No. 2 of this sheet).
The Division II core GPA requirement is a minimum of 2.000.
Remember, the NCAA GPA is calculated using NCAA core courses only.
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 comparative
religion/philosophy).
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).
3 years 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 comparative religion/philosophy).
Divisions I and II Initial-Eligibility Requirements
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 comparative
religion/philosophy).
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Sliding Scale A
Use for Division I prior to August 1, 2016
NCAA DIVISION I SLIDING SCALE
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
Sliding Scale B
Use for Division I beginning August 1, 2016
NCAA DIVISION I SLIDING SCALE
GPA
for Competition
SAT
ACT
Sum
4.000
400
37
3.975
410
38
3.950
420
39
3.925
430
40
3.900
440
41
3.875
450
41
3.850
460
42
3.825
470
42
3.800
480
43
3.775
490
44
3.750
500
44
3.725
510
45
3.700
520
46
3.675
530
46
3.650
540
47
3.625
550
47
3.600
560
48
3.575
570
49
3.550
580
49
3.525
590
50
3.500
600
50
3.475
610
51
3.450
620
52
3.425
630
52
3.400
640
53
3.375
650
53
3.350
660
54
3.325
670
55
3.300
680
56
3.275
690
56
3.250
700
57
3.225
710
58
3.200
720
59
3.175
730
60
3.150
740
61
3.125
750
61
3.100
760
62
3.075
770
63
3.050
780
64
3.025
790
65
3.000
800
66
2.975
810
67
2.950
820
68
2.925
830
69
2.900
840
70
2.875
850
70
2.850
860
71
2.825
870
72
2.800
880
73
2.775
890
74
2.750
900
75
2.725
910
76
2.700
920
77
2.675
930
78
2.650
940
79
2.625
950
80
2.600
960
81
2.575
970
82
2.550
980
83
2.525
990
84
2.500
1000
85
2.475
1010
86
2.450
1020
86
2.425
1030
87
2.400
1040
88
2.375
1050
89
2.350
1060
90
2.325
1070
91
2.300
1080
93
For more information, visit the NCAA
Eligibility Center website at
www.eligibilitycenter.org.
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