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2019-20 NCAA Division I Recruiting Calendar


Am I eligible?

This is the most important question that you will have to answer during the recruiting process. Initial eligibility can be complicated at first, but the requirements are quite simple.

The NCAA uses your core GPA to determine your academic eligibility. Classes like PE do not count towards your core GPA. Each high school has  a list of approved core courses on the NCAA website. These approved core courses are the only ones you can use to calculate your core GPA. There are a certain list of courses you must take depending on which division you will play in.

In addition to taking all of those classes, there are other academic requirements you must meet to become eligible. First and foremost, you must graduate from high school, which means you must meet all local and state requirements, even if they exceed the NCAA requirements. For Division I, 10 of your 16  core courses must be completed prior to the start of your seventh semester of high school. 

Your core GPA has to meet a minimum requirement as well. For Division I, your core GPA must be at least a 2.300 to become a full qualifier. The Division II requirement for a full qualifier is a 2.200. Both Division I and Division II requires you score a certain mark on the SAT or ACT that corresponds with your core GPA -- this is called the sliding scale. The higher your core GPA, the lower score required on standardized tests.

If you fail to meet some of the requirements, the NCAA now has academic redshirts for student-athletes. More information about academic redshirts can be found on the  NCAA Eligibility Center Quick Reference Sheet.

If you're planning to attend a Division III school, you do not have to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Each Division III school has its own academic standards. 

D1 Requirements

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (including 1 year of lab if offered)
  • 2 years of social science
  • 1 additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
  • 4 additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy

D2 Requirements

  • 3 years of English
  • 2 years of math (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (including 1 year of lab science if offered)
  • 2 years of social science
  • 3 additional years of English, math or natural/physical science
  • 4 additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy

      

SAT, ACT & Test Scores

The SAT and ACT are standardized tests that the NCAA uses to determine initial eligibility for freshmen playing athletics in college. The ACT sum score comes from the total of your English, math, reading and science subscores on the test. The combined SAT score is calculated by adding the reading and math subscores. The writing portion of the SAT is not used by the NCAA.

You can take the SAT or ACT an unlimited number of times before you enroll in college. The NCAA will take the best subscore from each section when calculating your score. For example, if you take the SAT in October and against in December, but you score higher on the math portion in October and higher on the reading portion in December, then the NCAA will take those two subscores to form your combined SAT score.

Every time you register for the SAT you must use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to make sure your scores are sent to the NCAA.

2019-2020** SAT Test Dates (U.S.)



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