NCAA ACADEMIC STANDARDS FOR THE STUDENT ATHLETE
Student, if you think you have the ability to play Division 1 or Division 2 college athletics, talk to your coach or guidance counselor about applying to the NCAA eligibility center.
▪ To be eligible to play at the Division 1 or Division 2 levels, high school students must graduate high school with a set of specific “core courses,” SAT scores, and GPA. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they are enrolled in enough “core courses” to be eligible to play college sports. FAQs on Eligibility Basics.
▪ Students who intend to participate in Division 1 or Division 2 college-level athletics should go online and review all eligibility requirements of the NCAA.
▪ The NCAA recommends that you register with the NCAA Eligibility Center no later than the beginning of your sophomore year in high school. This should allow sufficient time to be sure you are on track to graduate on time and meet the NCAA's required initial-eligibility standards. Students in high school must complete their registration online at the Clearinghouse
▪ There is a fee to register. Fee waivers are available for students who receive free or reduced lunch at the high school. Contact Mr. Bennett in the Guidance Office.
▪ Important: Print 2 copies of the “Transcript Release Form” and give them to Ms. Tinklepauagh in the Guidance Office.
▪ While online, view or print a copy of the “NCAA Guide for the College – Bound –Student Athlete.” You will find this under “Resources” at the website.
▪ Students who will be registering at the eligibility center should sign up to take the SAT exam in the spring of their junior year. Online registration for the SAT is available at collegeboard.com. During registration for the SAT, students should send an “Additional Report” of their score to the Clearinghouse—this is free to do when you register for the SAT. The additional report code for the NCAA is 9999.
▪ The school code for Freedom Area High School is 391-455.
▪ NCAA eligibility to participate in college athletics is not determined until after high school graduation.
▪ The following “core courses” at Freedom are not approved (denied) for meeting NCAA eligibility requirements: Communications, Integrated Keystone Math, and Print Media Workshop.
▪ Algebra 1 Part 1 and Algebra 1 Part 2 are each valued at 0.5 core credit by the NCAA eligibility center. Therefore, students who take both of these earn 1 unit of math toward eligibility.
▪ To view a complete list of Freedom’s approved NCAA courses, please click here and enter this CEEB code: 391455. Also, look for the Resource tab on this link, which has additional brochures/information concerning NCAA eligibility.