Parents and students interested in playing college athletics should visit the NCAA Eligibility Center and create a profile. Please use the current NCAA Eligibility Guide to help you along the way or feel free to contact your student's counselor.
NCAA member schools require incoming student-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses that will best prepare them for the academic expectations in college.
To play Division I sports, you must earn 16 core courses.
Ten of them must be completed prior to the seventh semester. Those ten courses are “locked in” and can’t be retaken to improve the grade-point average.
Seven of those 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that fulfills the overall distribution requirements listed below.
If you don’t earn 10 courses before your seventh semester, you are still eligible to practice and receive a scholarship, but you can’t compete.
For a complete list of your high school’s NCAA core courses, visit www.eligibilitycenter.org.
DIVISION I CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS
4 years of English.
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I 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, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).