To play Division I sports, you need to qualify academically and there are new requirements for athletes graduating 2016 or later. Below you will find the GPA Requirements for Division 1 Schools. Take a look and make sure you understand the core course GPA requirements and the needed SAT/ACT scores.
- The Minimum GPA goes up from 2.0 to 2.3
- The GPA requirements on the sliding scale have increased. NCAA Division I and II Eligibility is based on a Sliding Scale [see NCAA Sliding Scale]
- You must complete 10 of your 16 core course before your senior year of high school.
It’s okay if you don’t exactly know what you want to study in college, but it’s important to choose the right courses in high school if you hope to attend college.
In order to receive financial aid and compete at a Division I school, for students enrolling after Aug 1, 2016, you must earn a minimum 2.300 GPA in 16 Core Course Requirements with a 900 SAT score or a 75 ACT score.
In order to receive financial aid and practice at the Division I level, for students enrolling after Aug 1, 2016, you must earn at least a 2.000 GPA in NCAA core courses and score 1020 on the SAT or 86 on the ACT.
Note: Meeting the NCAA minimum requirements does not guarantee your admission to any university. Do your homework, because each school has their own academic standards, and sometimes they are higher than the NCAA’s requirements. This is why academics is so important during your high school years, not just your senior year. Focus on your grades from your freshman year so you don’t eliminate schools from your list when you’re being recruited.
*SAT scores are figured by combining critical reading and math sections only. The best sub-score from each section is used to determine the SAT combined score for initial eligibility.
** ACT scores are figured by combining English, math, reading and science sections. The best sub-score from each section is used to determine the ACT sum score for initial eligibility.
Coaches love a talented kid, but they do not like recruiting kids with bad grades because 1. You might not be able to get into the college, and 2. If you get in, you might have academic eligibility issues during your college years. Increase your chances of being recruited by maintaining a good GPA, don’t miss out on scholarship opportunities because your grades are not up to par.
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