The Division I academic-eligibility model provides a seamless set of standards that begin when a high school student is considering becoming a Division I student-athlete and end when the student-athlete earns a degree from a Division I institution.
Before a high school student can be eligible to play Division I sports, he or she must meet academic requirements in high school. Those standards include:
The NCAA Eligibility Center uses the sum score of the four ACT tests (perfect score of 144) when determining initial eligibility, not the average of the four tests reported by ACT (perfect score 36).
Once in college, student-athletes must make steady progress toward degrees.
Last Updated: May 11, 2012