NCAA and NAIA Eligibility
If a student wants to compete in NCAA sports at a Division I school, the student MUST register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to make sure the student stays on track to meet initial-eligibility standards.
If the student or parents have questions about eligibility or about the registration process, call NCAA toll free at 1-877-262-1492. International students should call 317-917-6222.
To be eligible to compete in NCAA sports during a student's first year at a Division I school, a prospective student athlete must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:
- Complete 16 core courses:
- Four years of English
- Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
- Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
- One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
- Two years of social science
- Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
- Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve your core-course GPA.
- Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.
Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.
For more details about the Eligibility Center’s response to COVID-19, click here.
For additional information refer to the “NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student- Athlete” (go to www.eligibilitycenter.org) and college directories for information on Division I, II, and III colleges and universities.
The NCAA form (48-H) lists the course titles and the course numbers of all courses that meet NCAA core course requirements. This form is completed by each school and sent in to the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse.
Please access this link for NCAA Division II Eligibility Requirements: Division II Eligibility
You do not need to register with NCAA to be eligible for Division III athletics. Divison III Athletics.
To be academically eligible, the NAIA eligibility center requires that incoming freshmen meet two of the following three criteria:
- Achieve a minimum of 16 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT*
- Achieve a minimum overall high school grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Graduate in the top half of their high school class.
*These test score requirements are for any athletes taking standardized tests from March 1, 2016 – May 1, 2019. After May 1, 2019, the test score requirements will be an 18 ACT or a 970 SAT.
To get started, student-athletes must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center, creating a profile at PlayNAIA.org. In order to prove they meet these requirements, student-athletes must send the NAIA specific documentation. NAIA provides more details about the NAIA eligibility requirements, as well as the documents that prospects must provide.
*Students with diagnosed learning disabilities, who do not meet freshman eligibility requirements, may have their academic profiles reviewed by the NAIA National Eligibility Committee at the request of the NAIA institution.
- Complete 16 core courses: