Resources for College-Bound Athletes

College-bound student athletes who wish to participate in Division I or Division II sports must first go through an initial-eligibility certification process by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

In order to be eligible, student athletes must meet certain NCAA standards for grade point average (GPA) in core curriculum courses, as well as SAT/ACT scores.

The following resources provide essential and detailed information on the NCAA eligibility process for student athletes.


NCAA Division I requires ten core courses to be completed prior to a student's seventh semester (seven of the ten courses must be a combination of English, Mathematics or Natural or Physical Science that meet the distribution requirements outlined in the Quick Reference Guide, below). These ten courses become "locked in" at the start of the seventh semester and cannot be retaken for grade improvement. These 10 core courses must be completed by the end of a student's junior year.

For detailed information on NCAA Academic Eligibility Requirements, click to view:

NCAA Eligibility: Quick Reference Guide

NCAA "Are You Ready" Brochure

NCAA Student-Athlete FAQ

NCAA Eligibility Center

Division I Fact Sheet

Division II Fact Sheet

This is the official NCAA Eligibility website; student-athletes must register on this website in order to begin the eligibility process.

Click on the photo to watch a "must see" video for parents and student athletes:

If you prefer to read a power point presentation, please click to view: NCAA Recruiting & Initial Eligibility.