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Division II Initial Eligibility

Relationships between Academic Requirements, Financial Aid and Eligibility (Bylaw 14.3) for High School Graduates First Entering during the 2018-19 Academic Year (Effective August 1, 2018). Click the image for a larger view.

Succeeding in college sports starts with a successful career in high school English, math and science courses. A winning score in those areas will lead to victory in college eligibility. Starting Aug. 1, 2018, incoming student-athletes must meet the following requirements to be eligible for Division II athletics.

Core Courses

To be eligible to compete at Division II schools, incoming student-athletes must complete these 16 core courses:

  • 3 years of English
  • 2 years of math (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school)
  • 3 years of additional English, math or natural/physical science
  • 2 years of social science
  • 4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)

Grade-Point Average

Division II Sliding Scale
GPA for Competition, Practice and Aid GPA for Practice and Aid Only  SAT (CR+M)  ACT sum 
3.300 3.050 400 37
3.275 3.025 410 38
3.250 3.000 420 39
3.225 2.975 430 40
3.200 2.950 440 41
3.175 2.925 450 41
3.150 2.900 460 42
3.125 2.875 470 42
3.100 2.850 480 43
3.075 2.825 490 44
3.050 2.800 500 44
3.025 2.775 510 45
3.000 2.750 520 46
2.975 2.725 530 46
2.950 2.700 540 47
2.925 2.675 550 47
2.900 2.650 560 48
2.875 2.625 570 49
2.850 2.600 580 49
2.825 2.575 590 50
2.800 2.550 600 50
2.775 2.525 610 51
2.750 2.500 620 52
2.725 2.475 630 52
2.700 2.450 640 53
2.675 2.425 650 53
2.650 2.400 660 54
2.625 2.375 670 55
2.600 2.350 680 56
2.575 2.325 690 56
2.550 2.300 700 57
2.525 2.275 710 58
2.500 2.250 720 59
2.475 2.225 730 60
2.450 2.200 740 61
2.425 2.175 750 61
2.400 2.150 760 62
2.375 2.125 770 63
2.350 2.100 780 64
2.325 2.075 790 65
2.300 2.050 800 66
2.275 2.025 810 67
2.250 2.000 820 68
2.225 2.000 830 69
2.200 2.000 840 & above 70 & above
  • Beginning Aug. 1, 2018, you must earn at least a 2.2 GPA in NCAA core courses along with the corresponding required test score to compete in Division II sports as a college freshman.  
  • To be able to practice and receive a scholarship, you must earn at least a 2.0 GPA along with the corresponding required test score in NCAA-approved core courses.
  • Only NCAA-approved core courses will be used in the GPA calculation when determining eligibility. Those courses can be found here
  • A sliding scale is used to match test scores and core GPAs

Test Scores

  • Only the critical reading and math portions of the SAT will be considered for eligibility purposes. The writing score will not be used.
  • Only the sum of English, math, reading and science ACT scores will be considered for eligibility purposes.
  • A sliding scale is used to match test scores and core GPA