NCAA clearinghouse guidelines

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To play your game in college, you've got to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet its requirements regarding course load, GPA and standardized test scores. If you don't register, you can say goodbye to your freshman year of eligibility and start looking for a cozy spot in the library.

Below is a look at the Clearinghouse's guidelines for required courses by division.

Students looking to play D-I must:

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By Rachel Trem

To play your game in college, you've got to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet its requirements regarding course load, GPA and standardized test scores. If you don't register, you can say goodbye to your freshman year of eligibility and start looking for a cozy spot in the library.

Below is a look at the Clearinghouse's guidelines for required courses by division.

Students looking to play D-I must:

  • Graduate from high school with the following 14 core courses completed:
    • 4 years of English
    • 2 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one lab)
    • 1 extra year of English, math or Science
    • 3 years of extra core courses from any category above or foreign language, religion or philosophy:
  • Earn a minimum GPA in core courses:
  • Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core course GPA on the NCAA sliding scale. (To find your minimum GPA, required SAT or ACT scores and the NCAA sliding scale, talk with your guidance counselor or check out www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.)

Student looking to play D-II must:

  • Graduate from high school with the following 14 core courses completed:
    • 3 years of English
    • 2 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one lab)
    • 2 extra years of English, math or science
    • 2 years of social science
    • 3 years of extra core courses from any category above or foreign language, religion or philosophy:
  • Earn a 2.000 GPA or better in your core courses:
  • Earn a combined SAT score of 820 or ACT sum score of 68. (There is no sliding scale in D-II.)

Students looking to play D-III:

Division III does not use the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Contact individual D-III colleges regarding their policies on financial aid, practice and competition.

Core courses

Every high school has a different list of core courses. To find your school's list, talk with your guidance counselor or visit www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.

One last thing

The Clearinghouse considers only the verbal and math sections of you SAT. The writing section in not included in the scoring process.

Changing Rules

The Clearinghouse's course requirements are changing for students graduating in 2008 and after. You're going to need 16 core courses to meet academic requirements. Instead of two years of math, you'll need three; and instead of three years of additional courses, you'll need four.


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