Your college eligibility starts on the first day of school as a high school freshmen. If you do not take care of your grades, your ability on the court, field or pool will not matter.
Please note: these criteria may change due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is always best to visit these organizations for the latest information and changes.
The first step on your path to playing for an NCAA Affiliated College or University is to set up your four year plan to graduation. You must contact your counselor and ask for the list of approved NCAA core courses offered here at the high school. Essentially these are your core classes only: English, Math, Science and Social Studies. In addition, Foreign Language generally will count toward the classes that you need. You must take 16 core classes to be eligible. Generally, electives do no count including: finance, P.E. music or non-academic in nature. For specific details please visit the requirements for Division I, II or III for they are different. This is a summary from NCAA Core Courses web-page. You must have a 2.300 G.P.A. in those cores only. For instance, you may not factor in your grades from Gym and Art to help raise your science grade.
Your sophomore year you should enroll NCAA Eligibility Center.
During your junior year you should be taking your ACT/SAT tests. The score that you need in order to be a full qualifier is determined by your GPA. The higher your core GPA, the lower of a test score that you need. If you have a 3.550 GPA in your NCAA Core Classes then you would need to score ACT SUM (English+Math+Science+Reading) of 37. However, if your NCAA Core Classes GPA is a 2.300 then you would need an ACT SUM score of 76.
During you senior year you need to complete all of your core classes and take the ACT/SAT again if you did not earn the score that you needed.
A complete summary of what you need to do is found in the NCAA High School Guide.
To play at an NAIA affiliated College or University you will need to visit the NAIA Eligibility Center website.
In order to be eligible to participate in NAIA athletics you will need to meet two or the following three conditions: a minimum score of a 16 on the ACT, earned at least a 2.0 GPA in high school and/or graduate in the top 50% of your high school’s graduating class.
For more information please read the NAIA Guide for the College Bound Student.
Junior College Eligibility
To play at a Junior College that is a member of the NJCAA the student must meet the entrance requirements to attend the institution. For more information please to the NJCAA Website