New NCAA changes for 2016 College Athletes

Date Posted: Thursday Mar 26, 2015

NCAA Changes for New 2016 College Athletes

The requirements are changing for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1, 2016.


Students must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

·        Complete 16 core courses:

o   Four years of English

o   Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)

o   Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)

o   One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science

o   Two years of social science

o   Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy

·        Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.

·        Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.

·        Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA.  If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible.  If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible. 


For more resources regarding these changes, visit or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide.