If you are planning on playing college sports, then you must register your high school classes with the NCAA Eligibility Center. We recommend that you visit the NCAA link to review the required 16 Core Courses that are needed to be eligible.You may also meet with your counselor to review your courses to determine if the courses are on the NCAA approved course list. Also, NCAA recommends that you register during the summer after your 11th grade year.
Please visit the Eligibility Center for more NCAA information and to register courses. Click here to be taken to the Eligibility Center.
All NCAA student athletes must register with the Eligibility Center before they can receive an scholarship or play college sports for an NCAA school.
NCAA Eligibility Requirements
Your academic eligibility is determined using your high school GPA from your core courses.
- You must graduate from high school
- You must meet the minimum 2.3 GPA in your core courses
What are core courses?
Not all high school classes count as NCAA core courses. Only classes in English, math (Algebra 1 or higher), natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy may be approved as NCAA core courses. Remedial classes and classes completed through credit-by-exam are not considered NCAA core courses.
- 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 (D1) or 2.2 (D2) and no GPA requirement (D3).
Classes that are not NCAA core courses include:
- Classes in non-core areas, fine arts or vocations such as driver education, typing, art, music, physical education or welding.
- Personal skill classes such as personal finance or consumer education.
- Classes taught below grade level, at a slower pace or with less rigor or depth. These classes are often titled basic, essential, fundamental or foundational.
- Classes that are not academic in nature such as film appreciation, video editing or greenhouse management
Get Ready. Get Set. Go!
- Ask your counselor for a list of your high school’s NCAA core courses to make sure you take the right classes.
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org.
- Check with your counselor to make sure you will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA core courses.
- At the end of the year, ask your counselor to upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Finish your last NCAA core courses.
- Complete all academic and amateurism questions in your NCAA Eligibility Center account at eligibilitycenter.org.
- After you graduate, ask your counselor to submit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center.