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NCAA Scholarship Information Breakdown

Academics and NCAA Eligibility

The NCAA Eligibility Center tells you the academic requirements that high school athletes need to maintain in order to be eligible to participate in college athletics. Itís essential to know the rules of eligibility to ensure that youíre taking the right classes as you prepare for your college athletic career. 

The classroom is as important as working on your skills on the field, court, weight room or track. Work in the classroom doesnít end once youíve been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center and accepted into college. Student-athletes must maintain certain academic requirements while attending college to remain eligible.

Your Academic Requirements for an athletic scholarship

Academic requirements for athletic eligibility vary depending upon which level of college you will attend D1, D2, or D3. Every school has specific academic standards, and you need to be prepared to meet them to receive a scholarship.

NCAA Division I

  • Sliding scale that matches ACT and SAT scores with your core grade-point average (for info call 1 (212) 461-0872.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in required core courses to earn scholarship 

NCAA Division II

  • Minimum ACT sum score of 68 or an SAT score of 820 (mandatory)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in required core courses (mandatory)

NCAA Division III

  • Academic standards for  scholar athletes are not determined by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Scholar athletes in Division III are required to meet the same overall academic standards required by the university or college for all students. This is a mandatory requirement. 

NAIA (Student-athletes must meet two of these three.)

  • Minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT (mandatory)
  • Minimum overall high school grade point average of 2.0 (mandatory)
  • Graduate in the top half your high school class (mandatory)

 
 
 
 
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