NCAA Information for Athletes

  • Checklist for College Bound Athletes

    1. Register at the beginning of your sophomore year at
    2. Fill out an "Official Transcript Request" form at the Registrar's Office and have an official transcript sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of your junior year.
    3. Take the ACT or SAT and use the code "9999" to have your official scores sent directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
    4. Check with your Counselor to make sure that you are on track to graduate and complete the sixteen core courses in a timely manner.
    5. Request final amateurism certification during your senior year. (beginning April)
    6. Fill out an "Official Transcript Request" form at the Registrar's Office and request that your final transcript with proof of graduation be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center.


    16 Core-Courses

    Not all high school classes count as NCAA core courses. Only classes in English, math (Algebra 1 or higher), natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy may be approved as NCAA core courses. Remedial classes and classes completed through credit-by-exam are not considered NCAA core courses.


     Core Areas  Courses

    Division I 16

    Core CoursesUses Sliding Scale


    Eight semesters in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

    4 YEARS


    Algebra or higher

    3 YEARS


    Including at least one laboratory course if offered at the high school

    2 YEARS


    In English, mathematics or natural or Physical Science

    1 YEAR


    History, Social Studies, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Government, Political Science, or Anthropology

    2 YEARS


    English, Mathematics, Natural or Physical Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, Philosophy, Non-Doctrinal Religion.

    4 YEARS



    Classes that are not NCAA core courses include:

    • Classes in non-core areas, fine arts or vocations such as driver education, typing, art, music, physical education or welding.
    • Personal skill classes such as personal finance or consumer education.
    • Classes taught below grade level, at a slower pace or with less rigor or depth. These classes are often titled basic, essential, fundamental or foundational.
    • Classes that are not academic in nature such as film appreciation, video editing or greenhouse management.

    If you take a high school class such as Algebra 1 or Spanish 1 before you start ninth grade, the class may count for your 16 core courses if it is on your high school’s list of approved core courses and is shown on your high school transcript with a grade and a credit.