Sunday, December 4, 2016

NCAA DII Academic Eligibility

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In order for a student-athlete to be immediately eligible to compete at an NCAA Division II institution, the student-athlete must meet the following requirements based on their current status.

Incoming freshmen students must
  • graduate from high school,
  • complete 16 core courses,
    • 3 years of English,
    • 2 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher),
    • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by high school),
    • 3 additional years of English, math, or natural or physical science,
    • 2 years of social science,
    • 4 additional years of English, math, natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion, or philosophy,
  • earn at least a 2.0 GPA in the core courses,
  • earn a minimum SAT combined score of 820 or ACT sum score of 68, and
  • register in the NCAA Eligibility Center
    • submit high school transcripts
    • request amateurism certification.1

Four-year transfer students must
  • obtain permission to contact from their current institution,
  • must meet progress-toward-degree requirements (detailed below), and
  • must be released from their current institution.

Two-year transfer students must
  • obtain an associate’s degree from their current institution or,
  • meet two-year transfer regulations,
    • average 12 hours earned per full-time semester,
    • earn 6 hours of transferable English,
    • earn 3 hours of transferable math,
    • earn 3 hours of transferable natural or physical science,
    • have a minimum GPA of 2.2, and
  • be registered in the NCAA eligibility center,
    • submit all necessary documents,
    • request final amateurism.2
*there are some exceptions to these regulations depending on the student’s academic history, but these guidelines generally apply to most two-year transfers.*

Current student-athletes at the institution must meet progress-toward-degree requirements which include
  • earn at least 9 hours each semester,
    • if the student-athlete is a junior or senior the hours must be degree countable,
  • earn at least 24 hours within the full academic year (fall, spring, and summer),
    • if the student-athlete is a junior or senior the hours must be degree countable
  • remain in good academic standing at the current institution, and
  • maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.2
*these regulations apply to all student-athletes with a few exceptions permitted for special circumstances.*

Student-athletes must meet these requirements in order to be immediately eligible for competition at their current institution. However, there are some exceptions that are allowed under special circumstances.


1National Collegiate Athletic Association. Play Division II Sports. Retrieved from

2National Collegiate Athletic Association. (2016). 2016-17 NCAA Division II Manual. Indianapolis, IN: National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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