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District 20 is offering an NCAA Night with important information on academic eligibility and more for potential college athletes and their parents in October 24, 2019 6:00pm at Pine Creek High School.

If you wish to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, you need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. You need to qualify academically and you will also need to be cleared as an amateur student-athlete. You are responsible for achieving and protecting your eligibility status! ALL transcripts that need to be sent to NCAA must be requested using your Naviance account.
When signing up for the ACT and/or SAT, be sure to include the NCAA code of 9999 to have your scores sent directly to the NCAA. NCAA only accepts test scores sent to them directly from the testing agencies. Note: The NAIA now has an eligibility center, too. Go to www.playnaia.org for more information.
Important Reminders
—Must send transcripts directly from every high school attended to the NCAA Eligibility Center
—Must send test scores directly from ACT or SAT. Use NCAA code: 9999 to send test scores to the eligibility center (9876 for NAIA)
—Tell your counselor you are interested in college athletics and check for approved core courses on the NCAA website
— Remember that you will need to send test scores and transcripts to the Admissions office as well as the coach
—Pay attention to College Admission deadlines
—Check out the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Athlete
—Don’t forget to apply for other scholarships, and for financial aid using FAFSA
NCAA Eligibility Standards_Class of 2016 and After.pdfNCAA Eligibility Standards_Class of 2016 and After.pdf

DIVISION I ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school this fall must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
       
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the start of the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they must have more than 10 core courses completed to be able to repeat or replace any of the 10 courses used in the preliminary academic certification.
     
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
     
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they will need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they will need a higher test score to be eligible.  

For more resources regarding these changes, visit NCAA.org/student-athletes/play-division-i-sports or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide.