National Collegiate Athletic Association Clearinghouse (N C A A)

If a student is entering a Division 1 or Division 2 College or University the National Collegiate Athletic Association Clearinghouse (N C A A) will evaluate their transcript for eligibility. You must have 16 core credits to be eligible to practice, play and receive athletic scholarships at a Division 1 or Division 2 school. The additional courses may come from any of the following areas: English, math, science, social science, foreign language, non doctrinal religion, philosophy, or computer science. The new requirements also include a revision in the Division 1 initial eligibility index, or sliding scale.
The 16 courses are: 

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
  • 2 year of additional English, math or natural/physical science
  • 2 years of social studies
  • 4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or from foreign language, non-doctrinal religion, or philosophy).

Only core courses that appear on the high schools list of N C A A courses on N C A A Eligibility Center’s website will be used to calculate the core course Grade Point Average. If you have not met all the Division 1 academic requirements, you may not compete in your first year at college. However, if you qualify as an academic redshirt you may practice during your first term in college and receive an athletics scholarship for the entire year. If you enroll full time at a Division 2 school before Aug. 1, 2018, and you have not met all the Division 2 academic requirements, you may not compete in your first year. However, if you meet the requirements to be a partial qualifier, you may practice and receive an athletics scholarship in your first year at college. More information can be found at N C A A Eligibility Center’s website.


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