What are the Academic Initial-Eligibility Requirements? Division I

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What are the Academic Initial-Eligibility Requirements? Division I
NCAA Eligibility
Meeting
When Should Students Register?
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Students may register at any time, but we
recommend that they register during their
junior year. The Eligibility Center will evaluate
a student’s academic credentials once the
following information has been received, and
the student has had their status requested by
an NCAA member institution:
Completed online registration;
Fee payment;
SAT or ACT test score on file from the
respective testing agency;
Transcript(s) from all schools or program
attended.
How Should the Eligibility Process
Work?
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Grades 9 and 10
Student takes academic college-preparatory
courses, preferably one in each of the following
areas: English, math, science, social studies, and
foreign language. The student should compare
course selection against the list of NCAAapproved core courses.
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Grade 11
Student continues to take college preparatory courses in the areas
listed above.
Student register for the SAT and/or ACT, making sure to use
code 9999 at the time of registration. Using code 9999 will
ensure the score is reported directly to the Eligibility Center.
Student registers with the NCAA Eligibility Center and
completes both the academic information and the amateurism
questionnaire.
At the end of the students sixth semester, the student requests a
transcript (or transcripts, if more than one high school) to the
Eligibility Center. Via www.gacollege411.com
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Grade 12
Student continues to take college preparatory courses in English,
math, science, social studies and foreign language.
Student registers for additional ACT/SAT tests if necessary,
making sure to use code 9999 at the time of registration.
On or after April 1 of the senior year, the student goes back into
the Eligibility Center account to update their academic and
amateurism information and request final amateurism
certification.
After graduation, the student-athlete requests final transcript
(which needs to include evidence and the date that the student
graduated) through www.gacollege411.com to the Eligibility
Center.
What are the Academic InitialEligibility Requirements?
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All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the
NCAA Eligibility Center by the testing agency. Test scores
that appear on transcripts will not be used. When
registering for the SAT or ACT, use the Eligibility Center
code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the
Eligibility Center.
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The following requirements must be met in order for a
student to be able to practice, play and receive a
scholarship at an NCAA Division I or II college or
university…
What are the Academic InitialEligibility Requirements?
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Division I:
Graduate from high school;
Complete a minimum of 16 core
courses;
Present the required grade-point
average (GPA) (see the sliding scale in
the Guide for the College-Bound
Student-Athlete for Division I);
Present a qualifying test score on either
the ACT or SAT (see the sliding scale
in the Guide for the College-Bound
Student-Athlete); and
Complete the amateurism
questionnaire and request final
amateurism certification.
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Division II:
Graduate from high school;
Complete a minimum of 14 core
courses (Note: increase to 16 core
courses for class of 2013 and beyond);
Present a minimum 2.000 core-course
grade—point average (GPA);
Present a minimum 820 SAT score
(critical reading and math only) or 68
sum ACT score qualifying test score on
either the ACT or SAT; and
Complete the amateurism
questionnaire and request final
amateurism certification.
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning August 1, 2013, students planning to attend an NCAA
Division II institution will be required to complete 16 core courses.
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Division I
16 Core-Course Rule
16 Core Courses:
4
years of English.
3
years of mathematics
(Algebra 1 or higher).
2
years of natural/physical
science
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 nondoctrinal
religion/philosophy).
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Division II
14 Core-Course Rule
14 Core Courses:
3
years of English.
2
years of mathematics
(Algebra 1 or higher).
2
years of natural/physical
science
2
year 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 nondoctrinal
religion/philosophy).
Non-traditional Courses
Length, content & rigor
Course Design & Implementation
Calculating the GPA
The Initial Eligibility
Center, and most
colleges/universities,
uses a 4.0 scale for the
GPA. To calculate the
GPA, simply add the
number of the quality
points by the number
of credits earned.
Calculating GPA, cont.
Classes worth 1 credit:
A= 4 quality points
B= 3 quality points
C= 2 quality points
Classes worth ½ credit:
A= 2 quality points
B= 1.5 quality points
C= 1 quality points
IMPORTANT
NOTE!!!!
The previous requirements are MINIMUM requirements set
forth by the Eligibility Center!! NCAA member institutions
may have stricter guidelines for acceptance! Just because a
high school student-athlete is deemed “eligible” by the
Eligibility Center does not mean a particular member
institution will deem the student-athlete eligible for admissions.
A prospective student-athlete must register with the Eligibility Center.
Fee waivers are available, but only if the student-athlete received a fee waiver
for the ACT or SAT.
Other information can be found on the NCAA’s website: www.ncaa.org.
If you want to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, you must do so on
its new website www.eligibilitycenter.org.
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NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE
(INITIAL ELIGIBLITY CENTER)
The NCAA Clearinghouse, now referred to as the Initial
Eligibility Center, is the agency that NCAA member
institutions (Division I and Division II) use in order to
determine initial eligibility of student-athletes. Division III
does not use the Initial Eligibility Center. Division III
athletes must simply meet the individual institution’s
requirements.
Student-athletes MUST be registered with, and declared
“eligible” by, the Initial Eligibility Center before he/she
can accept any type of grant-in-aid for athletic purposes.
NCAA INITIAL ELIGIBLITY CENTER
Student-athletes who intend to
“walk-on” at any NCAA Division I
or Division II institution must also
be declared “eligible” by the
Eligibility Center.
Important Websites
Updated information is
located at
www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
and www.ncaa.org
Student-athletes should
register at
www.eligibilitycenter.org
ACT and SAT
Either test can be taken and used for initial
eligibility. Each NCAA member institution,
however, determines which test is accepted
by the individual institution (some
institutions will accept the ACT while
others will only accept the SAT).
So, unless you know which test is accepted,
it is best to take both tests.
ACT and SAT Cont.
The Eligibility Center will also use the best scores
from the SAT subscore (math, verbal/critical
reading), if the SAT is taken more than once.
The key for each test, ACT and SAT, is to take each
test as many times as possible.
A student-athlete does not have to be registered
with the Eligibility Center in order to have test
scores accepted by the Eligibility Center. For
example, a high school sophomore can take the
ACT and have the scores sent to the Eligibility
Center.
When to Register
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High school student-athletes should register at the
conclusion of their junior year. Registration is
completed online.
The student-athlete must request a transcript through
www.gacollege411.org to be sent to the NCAA. (An
official transcript has to be sent to the Initial Eligibility
Center following the junior and senior years of high
school).
For students who have transferred high schools, an
official transcript from each high school must be sent
to the eligibility center.
Approved Core Course List
All high schools are responsible for submitting courses
to be added to the approved core course list for the
individual high school. To view the approved core
course list for your school, go to
www.ncaaclearinghouse.net and click on “general
information;” another page will appear. Click on “List
of Approved Core Courses”. View the list of approved
core courses. (111115 for SPHS).
Web-based Recruiting Services
BE CAUTIOUS!!!
Web-based recruiting services can charge between
$40 to $2,000+ to “connect your student” with a
college coaching staff.
Many smaller colleges have started using
recruiting services, and some larger colleges are
also using these services. Still, there are some
recruiting services that are just trying to make
money and are not really trying to help high
school students-athletes.
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If you want to register with the NCAA
Eligibility Center, you must do so on its new
website www.eligibilitycenter.org.
Please call the NCAA
Eligibility Center if you
have questions:
Toll-free number:
877/262-1492.

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