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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

  • 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 .
  • More information regarding test scores and a complete sliding scale for Division II can be found here.