The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse is an outside organization that works with the NCAA to determine eligibility for student-athletes who plan on competing at the Division I or Division II collegiate levels.
Students who are athletes considering playing for a Division I or II college or university should register and become familiar with the NCAA Clearinghouse, no later than end of Junior year. The NCAA Clearinghouse is standards that are set for courses that must be taken and completed for an athlete to become eligible to be recruited and participate at the university or college level competitively.
Click on prospective students, then register directly to become eligible for college recruitment, scholarship opportunities, and to compete in the sport of your choice.
Eligibility is determined by the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores, as well as an approved list of core courses.
You will need to visit NCAA for the most up to date information and to find out about approved courses for ALA.
Division I Eligibility
All students entering college must have completed 16 core courses in high school. Students must earn a minimum required GPA in core courses and a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches this GPA on a sliding scale, which can be found in the NCAA Eligibility Center Quick Reference Guide (.pdf/270K). Requires Adobe Reader (latest version recommended).
Division II Eligibility
All students entering college prior to August 1, 2013, must have completed 14 core courses in high school.
All students entering college on or after August 1, 2013, must have completed16 core courses in high school.
Standards require a minimum GPA of 2.3 and a combined minimum SAT score of 820 or sum ACT score of 68.
NCAA Core Courses definition
An academic course in one or a combination of these areas: English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.
A four-year college preparatory course and a course at or above the high school’s regular academic level, for example, an AP® class or outside college course.Remedial courses, or those taught at a slower pace or that cover less content are not admissible. And not all classes that meet high school graduation requirements meet NCAA course work requirements.
Help your students check your high school’s list of approved core courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center High School Portal.
Meeting NCAA admission requirements does not guarantee admission into college — it simply determines whether students may participate in athletics during their freshman year. Students must follow each member college’s admission policies and apply directly to that college.