NCAA

NCAA Eligibility

The NCAA requires that all student athletes who plan on playing sports at either a Division I or Division II level in college register with the Eligibility Center.

The Eligibility Center will review your academics and amateurism status in order to verify that you are eligible to participate in athletics at Division I and Division II institutions. Division III colleges do not use the NCAA Eligibility Center. Each individual institution has their own policies on admission, financial aid, practice and competition.

Click below for an overview of the three NCAA Divisions:

It's never too early to start planning. All freshmen student-athletes interested in continuing athletics at the collegiate level should review the "NCAA Initial Eligibility Presentation" file located at the bottom of this page.

Registration

  1. Students in 9th grade can sign up for a free profile page to receive reminders about the NCAA's academic and amateurism requirements. Freshman should also review Northwestern's list of approved core courses and plan their high school courses accordingly. See the "Approved Courses" section of this page for information on how to access the list of approved courses.
  2. Create your Certification account during your Sophomore year if you plan on playing at a Division I or a Division II school. Complete registration by clicking on the following link: NCAA Eligibility Center. There is a one-time non-refundable fee to register. (You can only register on-line. There are no paper registration forms available.)
  3. When registration is complete, print a copy of your registration for your files. Students will need to submit a request for their transcript to be sent to the NCAA Eligibility center through Parchment. Students should submit requests for transcripts via Parchment after their sixth semester (end of their Junior Year). Parchment requests should also be submitted requesting final transcript toward the end of a student's senior year. It is the student's responsibility to request copies of their transcript.
  4. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only accept test scores sent directly from the testing agency. If you are registering to take the SAT/ACT list the NCAA as an institution to which you would like your scores sent. Use the code "9999". If the NCAA was not listed as a place to send your scores when taking either the SAT or ACT you will need to contact the testing agency directly to have your scores sent to the eligibility center. In most cases students can log onto the website and use their account (which they should have created to register for the test) to pay for the score to be sent directly to the NCAA.
  5. Students with a documented disability will need to inform the NCAA Eligibility Center about the disability. A copy of the professional diagnosis and a copy of the IEP, ITP, or 504 plan must be submitted with the accommodations noted. (One of the documents should be dated within the last 3 years.) For more information please click on the following link http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/education-impacting-disabilities
  6. Finally, in order for the NCAA to review any materials students must submit official copies of transcript(s) (students attending more than one high school must submit transcripts from all schools attended), Official SAT and/or ACT scores, and have paid the NCAA registration fee.

For more information and/or questions please visit: http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/student-athlete-faq-search


Academic Eligibility Requirements

Division I New Rules for the Class of 2016 and later

Beginning August 1, 2016

College-bound student-athletes first entering a Division I college or university, on or after this date, will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletic aid, practice, and/or compete during their first year.

Terms you need to know:

  • Full Qualifier - college-bound student-athlete may receive athletic aid, practice and compete in the first year of enrollment at the Division I college or university.
  • Academic Redshirt - College-bound student-athlete may receive athletic aid in the first year of enrollment, can practice in first academic term but can not complete in first year of enrollment. The student must pass either 8 quarter or nine semester hours to practice in the next term.
  • Nonqualifier - college-bound student-athlete cannot receive athletic aid, cannot practice, and cannot compete in the first year of college enrollment.


Full Qualifier must:

  1. Complete 16 core courses
    • 10 of the 16 core courses must be completed before the 7th semester (start of Sr. year) of high school.
      • 7 of the 10 core courses must be English, Math or natural/physical Science
  2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.300 (based on NCAA approved core courses)
  3. Meet the competition sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score
  4. Must graduate from high school.

Academic Red-shirt must:

  1. Complete 16 core courses.
  2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.000.
  3. Meet the academic red-shirt sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score
  4. Graduate from high school.

Non-qualifier - student who has failed to meet the standards as either a full qualifier or academic red-shirt.


Division 1 Core Class Requirements

4 years of English

3 years of math (Algebra I or higher)

2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered)

1 year of additional English, math or natural/physical science

2 years of social science

4 years of additional courses (any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)

**for the sliding scale please see the attached document at the bottom of the page**


Division II New Rules for the Class of 2018

Beginning August 1,2018

College-bound student-athletes first entering a Division II college or university, on or after this date, will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletic aid, practice, and/or compete during their first year.

Terms you need to know:

Qualifer: you may practice, compete, and receive an athletic scholarship during your first year of full time enrollment at a Division II school.

Partial Qualifier: you may practice and receive an athletic scholarship, but you cannot compete during your first year of enrollment at a Division II school.


A Qualifier must:

  1. Complete 16 NCAA approved core classes. See Division II core class requirements below.
  2. Earn a NCAA core course GPA of a 2.200
  3. Earn an SAT Combined score or ACT sum score that matches your core course GPA (minimum of a 2.200) on the Division II full qualifier sliding scale.
      • The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.
      • The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.
      • When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used.
  4. Graduate from high school

A Partial Qualifier must:

  1. Complete 16 NCAA approved core classes. See Division II core class requirements below.
  2. Earn a NCAA core course GPA of a 2.000
      • The minimum Division II core GPA required to receive athletics aid and practice as a partial qualifier on or after August 1, 2018, is 2.000
  3. Earn an SAT Combined score or ACT sum score that matches your core course GPA (minimum of a 2.000) on the Division II partial qualifier sliding scale.
  4. Graduate from high school

**for the sliding scale please see the attached document at the bottom of the page**


Division II Core Class Requirements

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 comparative religion/philosophy).


Approved Core Courses

Each high school has a list of NCAA approved core courses that can be viewed on the NCAA Eligibility Center website. To access this information please click on the link below and then enter Northwestern Lehigh's school code in the box titled "NCAA High School Code.". Northwestern Lehigh's high school code is 393002.

Current NCAA Approved Core Courses

When scheduling classes, make sure that you are meeting the NCAA core course requirements. Only courses that appear on your school's approve List of NCAA Courses will be used in the calculation of the core GPA. Use the list as a guide. If you have any questions or concerns regarding selection of courses, please set up an appointment with your School Counselor to review your coursework.

Students who wish to compete at the Division I or II levels in college must be cleared through the NCAA. Please identify yourself to your counselor as a potential college student athlete so we can help you schedule courses that are approved as NCAA Core Courses. Courses that are currently NCAA-eligible are denoted in the Program of Studies booklet with an (*) sign. The program of studies can be found on the High School website by clicking on the program of studies link on the left hand side of the page (or through the following link: Program of Studies). It is the student’s responsibility to follow the NCAA guidelines and submit the necessary paperwork.

Important

Be sure to look at Northwestern Lehigh’s List of approved NCAA Core Courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website (Current NCAA Approved Core Courses). Remember, the NCAA core GPA is calculated using NCAA core courses only and therefore will not necessarily match the GPA listed on your transcript

Recruiting

There are specific recruiting rules for each sport. The rules are divided by the recruiting method (acceptable practice as approved of by NCAA) and year in high school (Sophomore, Junior or Senior year). Please go to the "Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete" for a listing of these rules.

There are also specific recruiting terms used which outline the rules college coaches must follow. You are also expected to abide by these rules. Please see the "Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete" for a listing of these terms.

Recruiting Calendars are available to look at for all sports. To view these recruiting calendars, go to http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/resources/recruiting-calendars


Statistics

NCAA conducts research on the percentages of students who go on from high school athletic programs into college varsity sports. The NCAA also tracks the percentages of NCAA athletes who go on to play sports professionally. A breakdown of these percetages by sport is available at:

http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/research/probability-competing-beyond-high-school



Resources

NCAA Initial Eligibility Presentation:

Initial Eligibility Brochure and planing timeline:

Division I Eligibility checklist with sliding scales

Division II Eligibility checklist with sliding scales