Below you'll find a timeline of the standards and guidelines set by the NCAA in order to be eligible to play. 



Make sure you are taking the right courses throughout your high school career. Meet with a counselor to ensure all your classes fall within the NCAA's core courses guidelines. There are different requirements for every division. Click here for a list of NCAA courses that are offered at your school.

Classes that are NCAA core courses include:

  • English: English 1-4, American Literature, creative writing

  • Math: Algebra 1-3, Geometry, statistics

  • Natural of physical science: biology, chemistry, physics

  • Social science: American History, civics, government

  • Additional: comparative religion, Spanish 1-4​

Classes that are not NCAA core courses include:

  • Classes in non-core areas, fine arts or vocations such as driver education, typing, art, music, physical education or welding.

  • Personal skill classes such as personal finance or consumer education.

  • Classes taught below grade level, at a slower pace or with less rigor or depth. These classes are often titled basic, essential, fundamental or foundational.

  • Classes that are not academic in nature such as film appreciation, video editing or greenhouse management.

Note to incoming freshmen - if you took a high school level course while in middle school, those classes can count towards your core courses if it's on your high school’s list of approved core courses and is shown on your high school transcript with a grade and a credit.


Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at There are different requirements for Division I and II students, and Division II and undecided students. Make sure to follow the guidelines listed by the NCAA.  


This is when you need to start having regular conversations with your counselor about college. Make sure that you will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA core courses. Also have your counselor submit your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center when the school year ends. If you take the ACT or SAT during your freshman year be sure to submit your scores to the NCAA using the code 9999. 


At this point you should be finishing up your last NCAA core courses. You should also submit your ACT or SAT scores if you have taken the test again. Don't forget to submit those scores to the NCAA using code 9999. Complete all academic and amateurism questions in your NCAA Eligibility Center account at After you graduate, ask your counselor to submit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

For more information on playing for the NCAA  - and for Division I guidelines - click here

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