New NCAA Eligibility Rules
The NCAA has some new rules and if you are a high school athlete in the Class of 2016 or later, the academic requirements have risen. Below is a list of the new requirements that will affect student athletes starting with the Class of 2016.
1. Complete 16 core courses (same distribution as in the past).
2. Complete 10 of the core courses before your seventh semester of high school (senior year). Seven of the 10 courses must be in English, math or science. The 10 courses become "locked in" for the purpose of GPA calculation, meaning that you cannot repeat them after your senior year begins.
3. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.30 in your 16 core courses. This rule didn't exist in the past.
4. Meet the new sliding scale of GPA and SAT/ACT scores. The new scale increases GPA/test score requirements. For example, if you have a 2.50 GPA, you must score 1000 on the SAT or 85 on the ACT. Under the old rules, your 2.50 GPA required an 820 SAT or a 68 on the ACT.
5. Graduate from high school. If you meet this and the other new requirements, you'll be a full qualifier at the NCAA Division I level, eligible to receive an athletic scholarship and compete during your first year of college.