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Professional Prerequisites For College Athletes

 
More than 400,000 student-athletes, as of 2010, participate in sports organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Student athletes at the schools in the two largest NCAA division I and division II, divisions must meet NCAA academic requirements to join as freshmen and continues throughout their college career.

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Division I

Students at division I colleges must have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in 2.0 in their core academic high school classes. For division I athletes, core courses are: Four years of English, three years of mathematics, algebra level or higher in two years of Science (at least one year of lab Science preferred) two years of social sciences, an additional year-long courses in English, mathematics or science, four additional optional classes in any of the above or a foreign language.

Students must complete these courses and candidate in eight semesters. They can implement only one core course after graduation. There is no fixed minimum SAT or ACT score, but the student's GPA will determine the score needed to qualify.

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Division II

Freshmen at division II schools must have graduated high school with a 2.0 GPA in 14 academic core courses. The requirements are almost the same as division I is except that they need years shorter, one year shorter English mathematics, another year long course (English, mathematics or natural sciences) and one fewer electives.

Students must also earn a minimum score of 820 on the SAT or a combined score of 68 on the ACT. Students who meet either core course requirements or test score requirement, but not both can practice with their teams and receive an athletic scholarship as a freshman. However, they may not enter the competition until their sophomore year.

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Retention Of The Right

Students maintain eligibility by remaining a full time and earn at least 24 semester or 36 quarter credits, credits in their first year in order to qualify as a sophomore. To stay eligible for the student must have earned at least 18 semester credits or 27 quarter credits in the previous academic year (with at least six points passed every parliamentary term).

At the beginning of a student's third year of study, they must be officially enrolled in a specific degree program and have completed at least 40 percent of the requirements for this degree. At the beginning of their fourth year of study, they must have completed at least 60 percent of their degree requirements.

Minimum GPA is a 4.0 a 1.8 on scale for eligibility as a sophomore. Third year pupils at least 1.9 and for seniors, 2.0.

Students complete their four years of eligibility within five calendar years of their graduated from high school. However, exceptions to this rule may be granted due to circumstances, such as injury, military service, or required Church missions.


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