Know the Rules

NCAA Divison 1

NCAA Division 2

NCAA Division 3

NAIA

NAIA Transfers

ALL ATHLETES MUST:
• Graduate from High School
• Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses.
• Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course grade-point average and test score sliding scale (for example, a 2.400 core-course grade-point average needs an 860 SAT in math & critical reading).
• Register with NCAA Eligibility Center
• Have test scores sent to Eligibility Center

Core Classes to be completed:
• 4 years of English
• 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
• 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
• 1 extra year of English, math, or natural or physical science (biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology)
• 2 years of social science (e.g. sociology, political science, history, economics, religious studies, geography, psychology, anthropology, and civics)

ALL ATHLETES MUST:
• Graduate from High School
• Earn a 2.00 GPA or better in core courses.
• Earn a combined (math & critical reading) SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68
Eligibility Center Requirements
Register with Eligibility Center
Have test scores sent to Eligibility Center

Core Classes
• 3 years of English
• 2 years of Math (Algebra 1 or higher)
• 2 years natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
• 2 additional years of English, math, or natural or physical science (After Aug 1, 2013 the requirement is 3 years)
• 2 years of social science
• 3 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, non-doctrinal religion or philosophy) (After Aug 1, 2013 the requirement is 4 years)

Colleges and Universities at the DIII Level set their own admission standards and there are no NCAA eligibility requirements. Student-athletes will need to contact DIII schools to get information on their policies

ALL ATHLETES MUST:
• Graduate High School or be accepted as a regular student in good standing
• Meet two of the three following requirements:
1. Achieve a minimum of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT in math & critical reading.
2. Achieve a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.0
3. Graduate in the top half of your high school class
• If you do not meet 2 of the 3 requirements, you will not be allowed to participate in athletics for the first full year of attendance

Transfers must “sit out” 16 weeks (112 calendar days) unless they only attended a 2-year college previously or never competed at a previous 4-year institution or have a 2.0 GPA and written release from the previous 4-year institution.

Things You Should Know (F.Y.I.)

It is important to be aware of several key exams, terminology, and differences in scholarship programs. Find out that information below.

NCAA vs NAIA

The NCAA (The National Collegiate Athletic Association) and NAIA (The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) are both great association but with a few key differences. Determining which association is best for you depends on your own personal goals as a student athlete.

NCAA

  1. A larger association representing bigger schools and universities.
  2. Organized into three divisions (D1), D1, D2, and D3.
  3. Division 1 schools are typically the largest universities, and compete in a minimum of 14 sports for both males and females. These schools often have world-class facilities, attract the top athletes in the country, and receive the most media attention.
  4. Division 2 schools are smaller than D1 schools, and student athletes usually finance their education with a combination of athletic and educational scholarships.
  5. Division 3 schools are the smallest of the NCAA institutions. D3 schools are not allowed to offer athletic scholarships.

NAIA

  1. A smaller association.
  2. It is made up of smaller 4-year colleges throughout the United States
  3. Competitive levels are comparable to NCAA D2 schools.
  4. There are equally talented players in the NAIA and NCAA D2 schools, and both have excellent opportunities for education and athletic achievement.

Standardized Tests

IMPORTANT NOTE: LAMB Foundation offers the Naima A Stennett SAT Scholarship to pay for these exams for those who qualify. Be sure to take the time to check it out.

SAT: Globally recognized college admission test; test how well you know reading, writing, and math and how well you can apply that knowledge. Register at www.collegeboard.com

ACT: National College admissions test with subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science; accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in U.S. Register at www.actstudent.org

TOEFL (PBT or iBT): measures an international student’s ability to use and understand English at the University level; offered as both a paper-based test or internet-based test (depends on location of student). Register at www.ets.org/toefl

Additional Resources

References:

Author: David Frank http://www.athleticscholarships.net/scholarship-academic-requirements.htm

http://www.student-scholarships.com/scholarships/information/university-sports-divisions 

http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/international-student-athletes