NCAA Freshman Eligibility Standards

Students pursuing athletics at a NCAA division institution must meet eligibility requirements. We recommend student-athletes review the following information at the beginning of their freshman year to schedule the appropriate core courses to meet NCAA standards.

Core Courses

NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses. This rule applies to any student entering any Division I college or university.

16 Core Courses:
4 years of English.
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy).

NCAA Division II requires 16 core courses.

16 Core Courses:
3 years of English.
2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
2 years of social science.
3 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy).

Other Important Information

Students enrolling at an NCAA Division I or II institution for the first time also need to complete the amateurism questionnaire through the Eligibility Center Web site. Students need to request final amateurism certification prior to enrollment.

For more information regarding the rules, please go to www.ncaa.org. Click on "Academics and Athletes" then "Eligibility and Recruiting." Or visit the Eligibility Center Web site at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.

Please call the NCAA Eligibility Center if you have questions: toll-free number (877) 262-1492.