NCAA Div. I Requirements

Want to play college sports at a Division I college?

The requirements are changing for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1, 2016.   

Students must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements: 

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.

For more resources regarding these changes, visit or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide.

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How to Register to Play NCAA Div. I or II Sports

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NCAA Student Registration

College-bound student-athletes who want to play NCAA sports at a Division I or II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at Students should plan to register during their sophomore year of high school (but can register later).

Students can choose from two account types to get started:

1. Certification Account: Students need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school. Students also need to be fully registered with a Certification Account before they can make official visits or sign a National Letter of Intent in Division I or II.

2. Profile Page: If students plan to compete at a Division III school or are not sure in which division they want to compete, they can create a Profile Page. If at any time they wish to pursue a Division I or II path, they will be able to transition to a Certification Account. Students may not move from a Certification Account to a Profile Page.

For Certification Accounts, please allow 30 to 45 minutes to register completely and 15 to 30 minutes to register for a Profile Page. If students need to exit and come back at a later time, they can save and exit once their account or profile is created.

Students can reference the “Help” section located in the top task bar at any time to answer their questions as they work through registration. Below is a list of items we recommend students have before beginning their registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center:

Valid Student Email

Students need a valid email address that they check regularly and will have access to after high school to register. This is important for updating prospective student-athletes about their account. If students have a sibling that has previously registered, they will need to use a different email address than the one on their sibling’s account.

Basic Student Personal Information

This includes information such as a student’s name, gender, date of birth, primary and secondary contact information and address.

Basic Student Education History

Students will need to provide details about all high schools or secondary schools they have attended in the United States or internationally, and additional programs they have attended. Students should include ALL schools, regardless of whether they received grades or credits. If a student attended ninth grade at a junior high school located in the same school system in which the student later attended high school, they should not list the ninth-grade school.

If students need to edit or add schools after they have completed their registration, they can log back in to and visit the Schools section. They can select their schools listed and edit the information or add another school.

Student Sports Participation History

Students can select the sport(s) in which they plan to participate at an NCAA school. For Certification Accounts, we will ask students to provide details for any expenses or awards they received, any teams they have practiced or played with or certain events in which they participated outside of the traditional high school season. It also includes information about any individuals who have advised or marketed their skills in a particular sport. This information helps the NCAA Eligibility Center certify students’ amateur status when it is requested by an NCAA school.


Students’ Certification Accounts will be complete when their registration fee is paid (or a fee waiver has been submitted). Payment can be made online by debit, credit card or e-check. The registration fee for students in the United States, U.S. territories (including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada is $80. The fee for all other international students is $135. Profile Pages do not have a fee. Students who create a Profile Page and wish to transition to a Certification Account will need to complete the payment process to transition their account successfully. All fees are nonrefundable once students have successfully registered. If they completed a duplicate registration and paid their registration fee twice, they may be eligible for a refund of the duplicate registration fee. To receive a refund, students will need to complete and submit an NCAA refund form.