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.
Important NCAA Eligibility Requirements:
Beginning August 1, 2016, NCAA Division I will require ten core courses to be completed prior to the seventh semester (seven of the ten must be a combination of English, math 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. This new rule will affect current students, who must be sure to complete the 10 core course by the end of their junior year.
Beginning August 1, 2016, it will be possible for a Division I college-bound student-athlete to still receive athletics aid and the ability to practice with the team if he or she fails to meet the 10 course requirement, but would not be able to compete.
For detailed information on these new NCAA Academic Eligibility Requirements, click to view:
NCAA Elibility: Quick Reference Guide
An additional resource is the following Power Point Presentation:
Important Changes to NCAA Eligibility Regulations: Power Point Presentation
These following links are also essential information sources for student-athletes and their parents/guardians:
2013-2014 NCAA Guide for the College Bound Athlete
NCAA Eligibility Center
This 28 page booklet is produced by the NCAA and includes all pertinent information for college-bound athletes.
This is the official NCAA Eligibilty website; student-athletes must register on this website in order to begin the eligibility process.