Are you Eligible?

Don’t be that guy…

That guy who makes a big fuss about being recruited, has offers, and has photos with coaches only to find out the day before he commits that he isn’t NCAA eligible!

Beyond the football talent required to kick, punt or snap in college, you need to meet a basic minimum academic standard for a school to even look at you to get you through admissions. Here are the requirements per NCAA Website:

Division I academic eligibility

To be eligible to compete in NCAA sports during your first year at a Division I school, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:

    • Four years of English

    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)

    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)

    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science

    • Two years of social science

    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy

  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve your core-course GPA.

  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.

  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.

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