The New NCAA Rules for High School Freshmen

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High school freshmen, take note: the NCAA is changing its academic requirements for college-bound student-athletes at the Division I level. The new rules—which impose time limits on completing courses, set new GPA benchmarks and change the sliding scale between GPA and SAT/ACT test scores—affect current high school freshmen and all student-athletes entering college on or after Aug. 1, 2015. If you're a sophomore, junior or senior, make sure you're aware of the current requirements and avoid being ruled ineligible to play in college.

Here are the new requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses (same distribution as in the past).
  • Complete at least 10 of those core courses before your seventh semester of high school (first semester of senior year). Seven must be in English, math or science. These 10 courses become "locked in" for calculating your GPA, meaning you cannot repeat any of them after your senior year begins.
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.30 in 16 core courses.
  • Meet the new sliding scale between your GPA and SAT/ACT scores. The new scale increases GPA/test score requirements. Currently, a 2.50 GPA requires an 820 SAT or 68 sum ACT score. Under the new rule, if you have a 2.50 GPA, you must score a 1000 SAT or 85 sum ACT.
  • Graduate from high school.

If you meet the new requirements, you'll be a full qualifier, eligible to receive a scholarship, practice and compete in your first year of college.

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