one-tenth of a grade point short of college requirements? Missing the final ACT test date? Forgetting to register with the
NCAA Eligibility Center? Whatever you do, don't sacrifice all your hard physical work, two-a-days in the scorching summer
heat, early weight room sessions on cold winter mornings, running stadium stairs in the rain, by hitting an academic roadblock.
Here’s a year-by-year glance at what you need to get academically set for college.
• Take classes that match your school’s list of approved core courses and work hard in the
• At the beginning of your junior year, register with the NCAA Eligibility
Center at eligibilitycenter.org.
• Follow the core-course list to make sure your classes match the school’s
list of approved core courses.
• Register to take the ACT, SAT (or both), and request that your scores to be sent
to the Eligibility Center by using the code 9999 for one recipient. This is important, because all ACT and SAT scores must
be reported directly from the testing agency; if you report them on your high school transcript, they will not be accepted.
• Near the end of your junior year, ask your guidance counselor to send a copy of your transcript to the Eligibility
Center. If you have attended more than one high school, contact a counselor at your previous school and make the same request.
• Before registering for senior year classes, consult with your guidance counselor to determine the number of core
courses you need to graduate.
• Take the SAT and/or ACT again, if necessary. Your
best scores from each section of the tests are used to determine your best cumulative score, so re-testing can only help you.
• Make sure the classes you have taken match your school’s list of approved core courses.
the Eligibility Center’s Amateurism Questionnaire; review responses and request final amateurism certification on or
after April 1 if enrolling in the fall, or Oct. 1 for spring enrollees.
• Work hard in the classroom to graduate
on time [in eight academic semesters].
• Have your high school guidance counselor send your final transcript, including
proof of graduation, to the Eligibility Center.
High School Course Requirements for:
Division I Colleges/Universities
Complete these 16 core courses:
• 4 years of English
• 3 years of math [Algebra I or
• 2 years of natural/physical science [one year of lab science if offered by high school]
extra year of English, math or natural/ physical science
• 2 years of social science
• 4 years of extra
core courses [from any category above, a foreign language, nondenominational religion or philosophy]
• Earn the minimum required GPA in your core courses
• Earn a combined ACT or SAT score
that matches your core-course GPA and test score sliding scale
Division II Colleges/Universities
these 14 core courses:
• 3 years of English
• 2 years of math [Algebra I or higher]
2 years of natural/physical science [one year of lab science if offered by high school]
• 2 extra years of English,
math or natural/ physical science
• 2 years of social science
• 3 years of extra core courses [from any
category above, a foreign language, nondenominational religion or philosophy]
You must also:
Earn a minimum 2.0 GPA in your core courses
• Earn a combined ACT score of 68 or SAT score of 820
D-III schools do not refer to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Contact the school or university
you’re interested in for information regarding admission policies.
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