• The links on the left and information below pertain to the new standards adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for initial-eligibility. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a voluntary organization through which the nation's colleges and universities govern their athletic programs. The following information pertains to prospective college student-athletes.

    College-bound student-athletes first entering a Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2016, will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletic aid (scholarship), practice or compete during their first year. NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses. NCAA Division II currently requires 14 core courses. Division II will require 16 core courses for students enrolling on or after August 1, 2013.

    A Full Qualifier is a college-bound student-athlete who may receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice and compete in the first year of enrollment at a Division I college or university. A Full Qualifier must:

    1. Complete 16 core courses;
    • Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester (senior year) of high school.
    • Seven of the 10 core courses must be English, math or science.

    2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.300;

    3. Meet the competition sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT scores (see attached revised sliding scale and Quick Reference Sheet).

    An Academic Redshirt is a college-bound student-athlete who may receive athletics aid (scholarship) in the first year of enrollment and may practice in the first regular academic term (semester or quarter) but may NOT compete in the first year of enrollment. After the first term is complete, the college-bound student-athlete must be academically successful at his/her college or university to continue to practice for the rest of the year. An Academic Redshirt must:

    1. Complete 16 core courses;

    2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.000;

    3. Meet the academic redshirt sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score.

    A Nonqualifer is a college-bound student-athlete who fails to meet the standards for a qualifier or for an academic redshirt.

    Visit the NCAA website at http://www.ncaa.org/ or contact your child's school counselor for more information.