All student athletes who wish to participate in Division I or Division II must register with the NCAA Initial Clearinghouse. Students must check with the coach and counselor for the necessary forms and information. Students can practice, compete and receive athletic scholarships as college freshmen if they meet the specific requirements listed below.

Students and parents should call the NCAA Hotline: 800-638-3731 or the NCAA Clearinghouse at 877-262-1492 or visit for specific questions regarding the number of core classes required for Division I and II.

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DIVISION I REQUIREMENTS (Effective August 2016)


Starting in August 2016, Division I will require 10 core courses to be completed prior to the 7th semester. (Seven of the 10 core courses must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science.) These 10 courses become “locked in” at the seventh semester and cannot be retaken for grade improvement.

Beginning August 2016, it also will be possible for Division I college-bound student athletes to still receive athletics aid and the ability to practice with the team if he or she fails to meet the 10 course requirement. However, student athletes would not be able to compete.

Visit to see the sliding scale GPA in the NCAA core course along with the corresponding ACT sum or SAT total score needed.




  • Graduate from high school
  • Have a GPA of 2.000 in 16 core academic courses and achieve a 68 (sum of scores on the four individual tests) on the ACT or an 820 on the SAT
  • The highest scores achieved on the verbal and mathematics section of the SAT or highest scores achieved on the four individual tests of the ACT may be combined to achieve the highest scores.

NCAA Core Courses:

  • At least 3 years English;
  • At least 2 years math (algebra I or higher);
  • At least 2 years natural/physical science;
  • At least 3 years additional courses in English, math or natural/physical science; and
  • At least 2 years of social science;
  • 4 additional academic courses in any of the above areas, or world language, philosophy or comparative religion.

NAIA – Requirements

If you will graduate from high school this spring and enroll in college this coming fall, the requirements are simple. High school graduation, plus two out of three of these requirements

  •  Achieve a minimum of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math only.)
  •  Achieve a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  •  Graduate in the top half of your high school class.

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ACT Test Dates Registration Deadline
February 6, 2016 January 8, 2016
April 9, 2016 March 4, 2016
June 11, 2016 May 6, 2016
Go to to register.
SAT Test Dates Registration Deadline
March 5, 2016 Feb. 5, 2016
May 7, 2016 April 8, 2016
June 4, 2016 May 5, 2016
Go to to register.