College Athletics

NCAA

College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.

Division I

  • Complete 16 core courses
  • Complete 10 core courses before your 7th semester
  • Earn a 2.3 GPA in your core courses
  • Earn an SAT combined score, or ACT sum score, matching your core-course GPA on the Division I Sliding Scale

Division II

  • Complete 16 core courses
  • Earn a 2.2 GPA in your core courses
  • Earn an SAT combined score, or ACT sum score, matching your core-course GPA on the Division II Sliding Scale

Division III

You do not need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. 

External LinkNCAA Eligibility Center


NAIA

The NAIA is a smaller association than the NCAA, with just over 60,000 students. It includes two divisions (Division I and II) and Division I in the NAIA is comparable to Division II in the NCAA. First-time student-athletes interested in an NAIA program must register for the NAIA Eligibility Center to determine their eligibility. 

Incoming freshman seeking eligibility can get NAIA eligible without a test score or class rank, if they meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale for recent graduates

  • 2.8 GPA for students who have completed their 7th semester
  • 3.3 GPA for students who have completed their Junior Year

Students who do NOT meet the minimum 2.3 GPA upon graduation, may still gain eligibility by meeting two of following three criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • ACT of 18 or SAT of 970 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math)
  • Class rank in top 50% of graduating class (if no class rank, 9 college credits can be used in place of this requirement)

External LinkNAIA Eligibility Center