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College Freshman Eligibility Requirements for NCAA Division I and II

There are specific course requirements for Division I and II as listed below.  Hamden Public Schools requirements meet or exceed the NCAA credits/years requirements in all required course areas.

Core Courses

NCAA Divisions I and II require 16 core courses (See the Charts below)

The chart below shows NCAA's minimum course requirements:


Division I

Division II*

English Core

4 years

3 years

Math Core (Algebra I or higher)

3 years

2 years

Natural/Physical Science Core (at least one lab science if offered by high school).

2 years

2 years

Social Science Core

2 years

2 years

Another English, Math, Natural or Physical Science

1 year

3 years

Additional Core (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)

4 years

4 years

Total Core Course Units Required



Beginning August 1, 2016, NCAA Division I will require 10 core courses t be completed prior to the seventh semester (seven of the 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that meet the distribution requirements below).  These 10 courses become "locked in" at the start of the seventh semester and cannot be retaken for grade improvement.

  - Beginning August 1, 2016, it will be possible for a Division I college-bound student-athlete to still receive athletics aid and the ability to practice with the team if he or she fails to meet the 10 course requiremtn, but would not be able to compete.

Other NCAA requirements include:

Test Scores

  • Division I uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core grade-point averages (GPA).  visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website for sliding scare requirements www.eligibilitycenter.org 
  • Division II requires a minimum SAT score requirement of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
  • The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections.  The writing section of the SAT is not used.
  • The ACT score used for NCAA purposed is a sum of the four section on the ACT: English, Math, Reading and Science.
  • When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligiblity Center from the testing agency.  Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used.

Grade Point Average

- Be sure to look at your high school's List of NCAA Courses on the NCAA Eligilbility Center's website (www.eligibilitycenter.org).  Only courses that appear on your school's List of NCAA Courses will be used in the calculations of the core GPA.  Use the lsit as a guide.

- Division I students enrolling full time before August 1, 2016, should use *Sliding Scale A to determine eligibility to recevie athletics aid, practice and competition during the first year.

- Division I GPA required to received athletics aid and practice on or after August 1, 2016 is 2.000-2.299 (corresponding test-score requirements are listed on *Sliding Scale B)

- Division I GPA required to be eligible for competition on or after August 1, 2016, is 2.300 (corresponding test-score requirements are listed on *Sliding Scale B)

- The Division II core GPA requirement is a miniumum of 2.000.

- Remember, the NCAA GPA is calculated using NCAA core courses only.

*To view Sliding Scales A and B go to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

There are many opportunities available for student athletes who sequentially plan their participation in both athletics and academics. Plan your course work accordingly for all four years, and strive to succeed both academically and athletically.

For more information…Go to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net or call the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse toll free at 877-262-1492 or 877-622-2321.

All courses approved by the NCAA are denoted with the symbol ”?“ throughout the course catalog.

It is the mission of Hamden Public Schools to ensure all our students learn to the best of their potential each and every day they are entrusted to our care.

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