NCAA Eligibility explained

What is NCAA Eligibilty?

All athletes need to be deemed eligible by the NCAA before they can officially be offered a sports scholarship. The NCAA has a strict eligibility criteria all student- athletes must meet, for all divisions. First, all prospective student-athletes must be Amateur athletes. This means they can’t have signed a professional sporting contract or have received money for competing. Next, they need to meet all of the NCAA academic requirements, which are different for each division. 

Below are the academic requirements for DI and DII

For DI:

  • You must complete 16 core subjects, 10 of which must be taken before your final year:
  • Four years of English
  • Three years of maths
  • Two years of natural or physical science
  • One additional year of English, maths or natural or physical science
  • Two years of social science
  • Four additional years of English, maths, natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, religion or philosophy
  • You need to have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.3

For DII:

  • You must complete 16 core subjects:
  • Three years of English
  • Two years of maths
  • Two years of natural or physical science
  • Three additional years of English, maths or natural or physical science
  • Two years of social science
  • Four additional years of English, maths, natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, religion or philosophy

Many schools have their own additional academic standards. Contact the specific college of interest or talk to your coach to find out if/what they are.  

For more information on eligibility email info@firstpointusa.com or contact your assigned consultant. 



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