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NCAA Eligibility Center Updates

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In order to be eligible to compete at the college level, prospective student-athletes must meet certain NCAA requirements, including required core courses and minimum a GPA and ACT/SAT score. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and “uncertainty in the educational environment”, the NCAA has decided to update these requirements for the class of 2021, including:

Within these requirements, the NCAA has made adjustments to the core course and GPA eligibility requirements for 2021–22 by division. To check their core source GPA, student-athletes can use the core course worksheet to see where they stand.

Division 1

NCAA eligibility rules require a 2.3 grade-point average in 16 NCAA core courses. Ten of those courses (seven in math, science and English) have to be completed by the seventh semester of high school.

Division 2

NCAA eligibility rules require a 2.2 grade-point average in 16 NCAA core courses.

In addition to the above, the NCAA has made several over eligibility rules updates:

  • Automatic waiver: This means student-athletes who meet the updated standards are automatically eligible to compete with the NCAA and receive an athletic scholarship.
  • Homeschooling: The NCAA Eligibility Center won’t require review of “distance, e-learning or hybrid programs offered by schools with NCAA-approved core courses during 2020­–21.”
  • Pass/fail grades: Pass/fail courses are eligible for core course requirements through the 2020–21 academic year, though these grades cannot lower a student’s GPA. A pass grade will only be assigned a value of 2.3 if it can raise a student’s GPA.
  • ACT/SAT testing: While it is no longer required for NCAA eligibility, a NCAA poll of D1 colleges revealed that “About 37% indicated at that time they still will require the SAT or ACT.”

The NCAA has also announced an extra year of eligibility for student-athletes across multiple competition season. To learn more, visit NCSA’s Coronavirus Resources page.