National Collegiate Athletic Association

The NCAA, or National Collegiate Athletic Association serves as the athletics governing body for more than 1,200 colleges, universities, conference and organizations. The member colleges and universities develop the rules and guidelines for athletics eligibility and athletics competition for each of the three NCAA divisions.  The NCAA is committed to the student-athlete and to governing competition in a fair, safe, inclusive and sportsmanlike manner.

The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all college-bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics.  College-bound student-athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center in order to participate in a sport at the Division I or II level. Ultimately, the individual student-athlete is responsible for achieving and protecting his or her eligibility status. 

Students wishing to obtain more information, or to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, should visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website, which is easy to follow with the latest information for parents and students.

Academic Eligibility Requirements

Meeting the NCAA academic requirements does not guarantee your admission into a college.  You must apply for college admission and meet the college or university's admission requirements.
Students must pass a certain number of core courses in order to fulfill the core course requirement for Division I and Division II colleges. Below are the number and type of courses that must be completed:
 
Division I
16 Core Courses
 
Division II
16 Core Courses
4 - Years of English
3 - Years of mathematics (Algebra 1 or higher)
2 - Years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school)
1 - Year of additional English, mathematics or natural / physical science.
2 - Years of social science
4 - Years of additional courses from any area above or foreign language courses
3 - Years of English
2 - Years of mathematics (Algebra 1 or higher)
2 - Years of natural / physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school)
3 - Years of additional English, mathematics or natural / physical science.
2 - Years of social science
4 - Years of additional courses from any area above or foreign language courses
   
In addition to core course requirements there are SAT/ACT and GPA requirements as well.  For the Division I level a sliding scale is used to determine the minimum combination of SAT/ACT and GPA score needed in order to be considered a full qualifier or academic redshirt.  A copy of these sliding scales can be found by viewing the NCAA Quick Reference Guide.  For the Division II level students must have a minimum score of 820 on the SAT (Critical Reading & Mathematics tests only - the Writing section is not used) or an ACT sum score of 68.  The Division II core GPA requirement is a minimum of 2.00.  The NCAA core course GPA is calculated using core courses only, elective courses such as Accounting, Band, Psychology etc. are not used for the NCAA core course GPA.

Division III college-bound student-athletes are not certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center because Division III colleges and universities each set their own admissions standards and there are no initial-eligibility requirements in the division.  College-bound student-athletes should contact their Division III college or university regarding policies on admission, financial aid and athletics eligibility. ?
 

NCAA Eligibility Center Registration Timeline

Students should begin becoming informed about the NCAA Eligibility Center during their 9th and 10th grade years.  In addition students should make sure they have a conversation with their Guidance Counselor to make sure they are enrolled in the appropriate courses.
 
During their 11th grade year students should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center through the Eligibility Center website.  If a student has used a fee waiver for the SAT / ACT they are eligible for a fee waiver for the NCAA Eligibility Center registration fee and they should speak with their Guidance Counselor.  When students register to take the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency.  At the end of their 11th grade year all students who have registered should request that their 11th grade transcript is sent to the Eligibility Center.

Prior to  their 12th grade year students should check with their Guidance Counselor to make sure that they have completed all necessary steps and that they, scheduled for the necessary courses, and have met all academic requirements.  In order to complete the 16 core courses students are encouraged to take a math and science course in their senior year.   Upon graduating from American Canyon High School students must request that a copy of their final transcript is sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center.