NCAA Eligibility Information


NCAA Eligibility Rules

College-bound student-athletes first entering an NCAA Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2016, will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice or compete during their first year. Below is a flyer from the NCAA outlining the changes.

To play Division I sports, you need to qualify academically. To meet the minimum requirements for Division I student-athletes enrolling in college in August 2016 or later you must:

  • Graduate from high school
  • Complete 16 Core Courses, including 10 before your seventh semester
  • Earn a minimum 2.300 Grade-Point Average in core courses to compete in your first year of college
  • Earn a combined SAT or ACT score that matches your core-course GPA on a sliding scale. For example an 860 SAT score needs a 2.400 GPA for practice and aid and a 2.85 GPA for competition.

Competing in Athletics Beyond High School

Men's Basketball

High School Student-Athletes - 546,335

High School Senior Student-Athletes - 156,096

NCAA Student-Athletes - 16,571 --- NCAA Senior Student-Athletes - 3,682

NCAA Student-Athletes Drafted 44 --- % High School Drafted - 3.0%

Percent NCAA To Professional - 1.2%

Percent High School to Professional - 0.03%


High School Student-Athletes 1,071,775

High School Senior Student-Athletes - 306,221

NCAA Student-Athletes - 61,252 --- NCAA Senior Student-Athletes - 13,612

NCAA Student-Athletes Drafted - 250 --- % High School Drafted - 5.7%

Percent NCAA to Professional - 1.8%

Percent High School to Professional - 0.08%


High School Student-Athletes 470,671

High School Senior Student-Athletes -  134.477

NCAA Student-Athletes - 28,767 --- NCAA Senior Student-Athletes - 6,393

NCAA Student-Athletes Drafted - 600 --- % High School Drafted - 6.1%

Percent NCAA to Professional - 9.4%

Percent High School to Professional - 0.45%

Women's Basketball

High School Student-Athletes - 456,929

High School Senior Student-Athletes - 129,408

NCAA Student-Athletes - 15,096 --- NCAA Senior Student-Athletes - 3,355

NCAA Student Athletes Drafted - 32 --- % High School Drafted - 3.3%

Percent NCAA To Professional - 1.0%

Percent High School to Professional - 0.02%

Men's Soccer

High School Student Athletes - 358,935

High School Senior Student-Athletes - 102,553

NCAA Student-Athletes - 19,793 --- NCAA Senior Student-Athletes - 5,655

NCAA Student Athletes Drafted - 76 --- % High School Drafted - 5.5%

Percent NCAA to Professional - 1.7%

Percent High School to Professional - 0.07%

* Source NCAA

SAT/ACT PowerPrep Releases Online Cloud Edition


The public release of the SAT/ACT PowerPrep Online Cloud Edition was March 1. eKnowledge is offering SAT and ACT test prep programs – valued at $200 each – free to students in NFHS member state associations. The SAT and ACT PowerPrep software is provided in a single DVD and includes more than 11 hours of video instruction and 40 hours of student participation time, 3,000 files of supplemental test prep material, thousands of interactive diagnostic tools, sample questions, practice tests and graphic teaching illustrations. Students select the training they need and can study at their own pace.

The eKnowledge Sponsorship Partners Alliance has more than 70 athletes from the National Football League and Major League Baseball, as well as individuals from corporations, foundations and not-for-profit organizations. With the support of these individuals, eKnowledge is able to offer the $200 SAT and ACT PowerPrep software to schools in NFHS member state associations.

To date, nearly 1,500 NFHS families have ordered the PowerPrep Program.

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