NCAA Division I

New NCAA Division I Initial - Eligibility Academic Requirements


There are new requirements for college-bound student-athletes enrolling full time at a NCAA Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2016.

NCAA Division I Full Qualifier: Requirements for Athletics Aid, Practice and Competition

Students will need to meet the following requirements to receive athletics aid, practice and compete their first year:

16 core courses in the following areas:
4 years English;
3 years math at Algebra I level or higher;
2 years natural or physical science (one lab if offered at any high school attended); 
1 year additional English, math or natural/physical science;
2 years social science; and 
4 years additional from areas above or foreign language, philosophy or comparative religion

Minimum required GPA: 2.3 in those 16 core courses

Graduate from high school

For more information or questions:
NCAA Eligibility Center Website at
NCAA Eligibility Center Customer Service: 877/262-1492