National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) - Division I or II Athletics
To be eligible to play Division I or II Athletics, students need to fulfill the NCAA core course requirements listed below. In addition, students' ACT/SAT test scores and GPA are also a factor for eligibility. By registering with the NCAA (typically in their Sophomore or early Junior year), students can plan their academic career with these requirements in mind. Please see your counselor for further information.
The following are NCAA resources to be used as a reference guide to help students plan accordingly for future planning. Please note there may be possible changes that occur.
- Register with NCAA and view high school core courses
- Division I Quick Reference Guide
- Division II Quick Reference Guide
- NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete
- Website Registration Check List
Eligibility Process for Students:
Below is a Planning Guide, provided by NCAA, for students interested in potentially playing sports at a Division I or Division II University. You should become familiar with this plan and communicate with your coaches and school counselor often.
- Start planning now:
- Take the right courses and work hard to earn the best grades possible.
- Ask your counselor for a list of your high school’s NCAA-approved core courses to make sure you take the right classes. Or, find your high school’s list of NCAA-approved courses at www.eligibilitycenter.org
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org.
- If you fall behind on courses, do not take short cuts to catch up.
- Ask your counselor for help with finding approved courses or programs that you can take.
- Check with your counselor to make sure you will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA-approved courses.
- Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
- At the end of the year, ask your counselor to send or upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- If you took classes at more than one high school or program, you will need to submit an official transcript for each school.
- Make sure you are on track to graduate on time with your class.
- Complete your final NCAA courses as you prepare for graduation.
- Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary, and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
- Request your final amateurism certification beginning April 1 (for fall enrollees) or October 1 (for spring enrollees) in your NCAA Eligibility Center account at www.eligibilitycenter.org
- After you graduate, ask your counselor to send or upload your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Only students on an NCAA Division I or II request list will receive a certification.
For a full list of Approved and Unapproved Courses see the most recent SFHS registration book.