NCAA/NCIA Eligibility

NCAA Eligibility Requirements

  • NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 require 16 core courses. 10 of the core courses must be completed before the start of the seventh semester of high school. These 10 courses become “locked in” and cannot be retaken for grade improvement.
  • Division 1 uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core grade-point average.
  • Division 2 requires a minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68, and a minimum core GPA of 2.0
  • The SAT scores used for the NCAA is only the critical reading and math sections.
  • The ACT score used for the NCAA is the sum of the four sections: English, math, reading, and science
  • Only approved NCAA courses will be used to calculate the core GPA. The list of these courses can be found at



NCAA Eligibility Center

What is the NCAA Eligibility Center or Clearinghouse?

  • The NCAA Clearinghouse is an essential step in becoming eligible to play college sports. If you want to receive a scholarship at the D1 or D2 level, you will need to register and be cleared by the NCAA. The Eligibility Center is the organization within the NCAA that determines the academic eligibility and amateur status for all NCAA D1 and D2 athletes.

How do you register with the NCAA Clearinghouse?

  • The first step is to create your account. This is done on the website Once your account is created you will receive an email to finish the registration process.  You will have to submit transcripts from every high school attended, any test scores (SAT or ACT), and an amateur status questionnaire before you are officially registered.  This should be done by the start of your Junior year.  The fee to register with the clearinghouse is currently $70.00.

How do I know my eligibility status?

  • The clearinghouse will not review your information unless it has been requested by an NCAA university. Over 60% of athletes who are registered with the NCAA are never recruited by a college coach. Only a coach can request an official review of your initial eligibility.  Registering with the NCAA does not help you get recruited by college coaches.

What about a NCAA Division 3 school?

  • If you plan on playing for a D3 college, you do not have to register with the NCAA

What about NAIA schools?

  • NAIA requirements are: finish in top half of your graduating class, minimum GPA of 2.0, score 860 on SAT or 16 on ACT
  • NAIA has its own Eligibility Center you will have to register with