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.
NCAA Acronym Reference
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.
GPA Acronym Reference
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
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
ACT Acronym Reference
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
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.