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NEW - NCAA Academic eligibility Requirements

Posted Tuesday, June 20, 2006 by Michael Odonnell

NCAA Eligibility Requirements


Recently Updated! - Courtesy of www.thesportsource.com


The NCAA has established a National Clearinghouse from which all decisions regarding an athlete's initial eligibility at an in-situation will be determined. If the athlete is not registered and certified through the Clearinghouse he or she will not be able to participate in Division I or Division II athletics.


The Key Steps in Eligibility:


The Division I and Division II initial-eligibility requirements have changed, as have the admissions and test scores for NCAA athletics. To better understand how to be prepared, visit the NCAA at www.NCAA.org to determine your core course requirements, admissions and eligibility.


What is the new rule?


The new requirements increase the number of required core courses from 13 to 14. The additional course may come from any of the following areas: English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, non-doctrinal religion or philosophy.


For the classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007: Division I and Division II


If you plan to enter college in 2005 or after, your eligibility will be determined under the new rule. That means that you must have 14 core courses to be eligible to practice, play and receive financial aid at a Division I or Division II school.


For the class of 2008: Division I only


If you plan to enter college in 2008 or after, 16 core courses are required. An additional year of mathematics as well as an additional year of any additional course are required.


Additional eligibility standards can be found here. (PDF file)


Courses required: Division I: 2005-2007


4 years of English
2 years of Math (Algebra 1 or higher)
2 years of Natural/Physical Science (minimum 1 lab science, if offered)
1 year of additional English, Math, or Natural/Physical Science
2 years of Social Science
3 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy)
Courses required: Division I: 2008 & after


4 years of English
3 years of Math (Algebra 1 or higher)
2 years of Natural/Physical Science (minimum 1 lab science, if offered)
1 year of additional English, Math, or Natural/Physical Science
2 years of Social Science
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy)
Courses required: Division II: 2005 & after


3 years of English
2 years of Math (Algebra 1 or higher)
2 years of Natural/Physical Science (minimum 1 lab science, if offered)
2 year of additional English, Math, or Natural/Physical Science
2 years of Social Science
3 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy)
Division I Additional Requirement: Sliding Scale


In Division I, an academic sliding scale (based on GPA and standardized test scores) exists. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. The higher your GPA, the lower your minimum SAT or ACT score can be. For example, a student with a 2.0 GPA must score at least a 1010 on his SAT or an 86 on his ACT. However, a student with a 3.0 GPA is afforded a minimum of a 620 on his SAT or a 52 on his ACT. For more information, visit the NCAA's reference sheet. (PDF File)


In Division II, the student athlete must have a minimum SAT/ACT score of 820/68 and a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Division II does not have a sliding scale.


In Division III, eligibility requirements are set by the member institution and the college's participating athletic conference.


In NAIA, qualification criteria are based on any 2 of the 3 requirements outlined below.


A minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
A combined score for the SAT of 860 or ACT of 18.
Rank top 50% of high school graduating class.
Important Note: Computer science being eliminated for core-course purposes


Computer science courses will no longer be able to be used for initial-eligibility purposes. This rule is effective August 1, 2005, for students first entering a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2005. Computer science courses (such as programming) that are taught through the mathematics or natural/physical science departments and receive either math or science credit and are on the high school's list of approved core courses as math or science may be used after the August 1, 2005, date.


Junior Year: Registration with Clearinghouse


Immediately after the completion of the second semester of your junior year, the student-athlete should register with the Clearinghouse. More information can be found at their website, which you can access by clicking here. Their website contains student release forms (which can be filled out online) as well as the list of all approved core courses for your particular high school. There is also information on how to register if you are home-schooled.


Senior Year: Verification of Standardized Test Scores


Verify standardized test scores and official transcripts have been sent to the Clearinghouse.


Changes in SAT/ACT tests


The SAT and ACT have made changes their tests; one of the most significant changes is the addition of a writing component. On both the SAT and ACT, students will be asked to write an essay. The SAT writing section is mandatory, while the ACT writing section is optional.


The SAT will now have three parts: critical reading (formerly known as verbal), mathematics, and writing. Since each section is worth 200-800 points, the SAT score will now range from 600-2400. Testing dates can be found here.


Will the NCAA require a writing test as part of its initial-eligibility requirements?


The NCAA had determined that the writing component should not be required at the present time. The NCAA has noted the importance of reviewing research related to the impact of the writing component.


How will the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse use the scores on the new SAT?


Because the critical reading and math sections will still be scored on a 200-800 point scale, the Clearinghouse will still combine those two sections for the combined score. The writing section will not be used. The Clearinghouse will use scores from the new SAT in combination with scores from the current SAT for the combined score.


What about the ACT?


The ACT is also adding a writing component, but the ACT writing component is optional. The scores on the ACT will remain the same.


Immediately after the completion of the second semester the student-athlete should register with the Clearinghouse. This is accomplished by requesting a Clearinghouse "Student Release Form" from the high school counselor's office. The student should provide two copies of the form to the high school counselor for processing.


Important Contact Information


National Collegiate Athletic Association
700 West Washington St
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, IN. 46206-6222
Telephone: 317.917.6222
Fax: 317.917.6888
Website: www.ncaa.org


National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
23500 W. 105th Street
Olathe, KS 66061
Telephone: 913.791.0044
Fax: 913.791.9555
Website: www.naia.org


NCAA Clearinghouse
301 ACT Drive
P.O. Box 4043
Iowa City, IA. 52243-4043
Telephone: 877.262.1492 (domestic)
Telephone: 319.337.1492 (international)
Fax: 319.337-1556
Website: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net


For more information, find important links regarding NCAA eligibility here.


Be aware that NCAA and NAIA rules and regulations are under constant review and anyone interested in participating in athletic programs should request the current edition of the NCAA and NAIA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete.


Editor's Note: Parts of this article are excerpts of The Sport Source Official Athletic College: Football. For more information, please visit www.thesportsource.com.

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