The following information comes from the presentation given to Freshmen/Sophomores by Corey Nesslege and Brad Sutterer. You can also see the entire PowerPoint presentation as a pdf file here.
NCAA Division I
- Full Qualifier- competition, athletics aid (scholarship), and practice/compete year #1
- Academic Redshirt- athletics aid year 1, practice in first regular academic term (semester or quarter)
- Non-qualifier- no athletics aid, practice or competition the first year
- 16 NCAA approved Core Courses-10 must be completed by the beginning of 7th semester
- Minimum GPA of 2.3 in core courses
- Graduate from high school
- 16 Core Courses-10 must be completed by the beginning of 7th semester
- Minimum GPA of 2.00-2.299 in core courses
- Minimum ACT sum or SAT score (critical reading/math only that matches the 16 core course GPA)
- Can not receive scholarship during year 1
- Can not practice or compete during year 1
NCAA Division II
- Graduate High School
- Complete a minimum of 16 core courses
- Present a minimum of 2.2 core-course grade point average
- Present a minimum 820 SAT score (critical reading and math only or 68 sum ACT score qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT)
- Practice and compete, receive athletic scholarship, Play 4 seasons in your sport.
- Can practice at it’s home facility, Athletic scholarship, can not compete for first year, can play 4 seasons in your sport
- Cannot practice or compete during first year, can not receive athletic scholarship, can play for 4 seasons
Thinking of going pro . . .
Estimated probability of competing in NCAA athletics beyond high school
Student-Athletes All Sports Men's Basketball Women's Basketball Football Baseball Men's Ice Hockey Men's Soccer High School Student-Athletes 7,400,000 538,700 433,100 1,100,000 474,800 35,200 411,000 NCAA Student-Athletes 460,000 18,000 16,200 70,100 32,500 4,000 23,400 Percentage Moving from High School to NCAA 6% 3% 4% 6% 7% 11% 6% Percentage Moving from NCAA to Professional 2% 1% 1% 2% 9% 1% 2%
- Ask your counselor for a list of your high school’s NCAA core courses to make sure you take the right classes.
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org.
- Check with your counselor to make sure you will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA core courses.
- Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
- At the end of the year, ask your counselor to upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Finish your last NCAA core courses.
- Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary, and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
- Complete all academic and amateurism questions in your NCAA Eligibility Center account at eligibilitycenter.org.
- After you graduate, ask your counselor to submit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center.