gradient
gradient
 
         

  

 

Athletics Compliance Office > Prospects > Initial Eligibility Standards

.

In October 2011 the NCAA Division I Board of Directors adopted new initial eligibility standards for prospective student-athletes entering a full-time collegiate program on or after August 1, 2016. Prospects must meet minimum academic standards to be eligible for competition during their initial year of college enrollment. The two primary components that have changed are the sliding scale index and the progression of high school core-courses required by the NCAA. All prospective student-athletes should register early in the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org, should verify that they are on track to complete at least 16 NCAA recognized Core Courses and should familiarize themselves with specific admissions criteria required by institutions where they hope to apply. All resources (including a high school core course search tool) are accessible on eligibilitycenter.org.

The Sliding Scale Index

.

The sliding scale index is a combination of the standardized test score and the core-course grade-point average. An increase of approximately 0.500 grade-point average units for a given standardized test score (ACT, SAT) now exists for prospects entering a full-time collegiate program on or after 8/1/2016.

.

Table A outlines the sliding scale required for a Qualifier entering college on or after 8/1/2016. A Qualifier may receive athletics aid, practice and compete during their initial year.

.

Table B outlines the sliding scale required for a Qualifier entering college BEFORE 8/1/2016 or for an Academic Redshirt entering on or after 8/1/2016. An Academic Redshirt may receive athletics aid and may practice (with limitations), but may not compete during his/her first year in residence.

.

Table A

.

Core GPA
SAT
Sum ACT
Core GPA
SAT
Sum ACT
Core GPA
SAT
Sum ACT
4.000 400 37 3.425 630 52 2.850 860 71
3.975 410 38 3.400 640 53 2.825 870 72
3.950 420 39 3.375 650 53 2.800 880 73
3.925 430 40 3.350 660 54 2.775 890 74
3.900 440 41 3.325 670 55 2.750 900 75
3.875 450 41 3.300 680 56 2.725 910 76
3.850 460 42 3.275 690 56 2.700 920 77
3.825 470 42 3.250 700 57 2.675 930 78
3.800 480 43 3.225 710 58 2.650 940 79
3.775 490 44 3.200 720 59 2.625 950 80
3.750 500 44 3.175 730 60 2.600 960 81
3.725 510 45 3.150 740 61 2.575 970 82
3.700 520 46 3.125 750 61 2.550 980 83
3.675 530 46 3.100 760 62 2.525 990 84
3.650 540 47 3.075 770 63 2.500 1000 85
3.625 550 47 3.050 780 64 2.475 1010 86
3.600 560 48 3.025 790 65 2.450 1020 86
3.575 570 49 3.000 800 66 2.425 1030 87
3.550 580 49 2.975 810 67 2.400 1040 88
3.525 590 50 2.950 820 68 2.375 1050 89
3.500 600 50 2.925 830 69 2.350 1060 90
3.475 610 51 2.900 840 70 2.325 1070 91
3.450 620 52 2.875 850 70 2.300 1080 93

 

Most notable regarding the chart above is the increase in the minimum GPA requirement (2.3) to be certified as a Qualifier on or after 8/1/2016.

Table B

 

Core GPA
SAT
Sum ACT
Core GPA
SAT
Sum ACT
Core GPA
SAT
Sum ACT
3.550 400 37 3.025 610 51 2.500 820 68
3.525 410 38 3.000 620 52 2.475 830 69
3.500 420 39 2.975 630 52 2.450 840 70
3.475 430 40 2.950 640 53 2.425 850 70
3.450 440 41 2.925 650 53 2.400 860 71
3.425 450 41 2.900 660 54 2.375 870 72
3.400 460 42 2.875 670 55 2.350 880 73
3.375 470 42 2.850 680 56 2.325 890 74
3.350 480 43 2.825 690 56 2.300 900 75
3.325 490 44 2.800 700 57 2.275 910 76
3.300 500 44 2.775 710 58 2.250 920 77
3.275 510 45 2.750 720 59 2.225 930 78
3.250 520 46 2.725 730 60 2.200 940 79
3.225 530 46 2.700 740 61 2.175 950 80
3.200 540 47 2.675 750 61 2.150 960 81
3.175 550 47 2.650 760 62 2.125 970 82
3.150 560 48 2.625 770 63 2.100 980 83
3.125 570 49 2.600 780 64 2.075 990 84
3.100 580 49 2.575 790 65 2.050 1000 85
3.075 590 50 2.550 800 66 2.025 1010 86
3.050 600 50 2.525 810 67 2.000 1020 86

 

The sliding scale for an Academic Redshirt is the same sliding scale currently used to certify Qualifiers entering college before 8/1/2016. 


An Academic Redshirt is a student-athlete who is a high school graduate and who presents the same academic qualifications applicable to Qualifiers except he/she did not meet the required minimum GPA and minimum combined test score or did not complete 10 core courses prior to the 7th semester in high school.


An Academic Redshirt may practice only on campus or at the institution’s regular practice facility during the first regular term in residence.  In order to continue practicing in the second semester, he/she must successfully complete nine semester hours of academic credit in the fall term. 

Core Course Requirements

The NCAA has identified 16 core courses required of a high school graduate to earn Qualifier status upon enrolling full-time at a Division I institution. A Qualifier may receive athletics aid, practice and compete during their initial year. Beginning with 2016 certifications (students entering college on or after 8/1/2016), 10 of the required 16 core course must be completed prior to the 7th semester of high school (7 of the 10 must be in English, math or natural or physical science). In addition, the 10 core courses completed prior to the 7th semester must be used in the final academic certification (e.g., cannot be repeated for GPA purposes after the 7th semester begins). A student not meeting the Core Course Requirements or Sliding Scale Index referenced above, may enter an institution on or after 8/1/2016 as an Academic Redshirt.

 

English 4 years

Mathematics

  • 3 years Algebra I or higher
  • Computer Science courses in the area of mathematics may also be accepted
3 years

Natural or Physical Science

  • Including at least 1 lab
  • Computer Science courses in the area of natural or physical science may also be accepted
2 years
Additional courses in English, Mathematics, or Natural or Physical Science 1 year
Social Science 2 years
Additional Academic Courses [in any of the above or foreign language, philosophy or nondoctrinal religion (e.g., comparative religion) courses] 4 years

 

The record of the above core courses will be evaluated by the NCAA via high school transcripts submitted to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Bear in mind that individual institutions will have additional core course, GPA, or standardized test score qualifications for admittance. For instance, Notre Dame Admissions requires 2 years of a foreign language.

 

 

NCAA Eligibility Center

www.2point3.org - Class of 2016 Resource

Toll Free: 877/262-1492

International Callers: 317/223-0700

Fax: 317/968-5100

http://eligibilitycenter.org

NCAA National Office

317/917-6222

Hotline: 800/638-3731

Fax: 317/917-6622

www.ncaa.org

Additional Resources

NCAA Guide for College Bound Student-Athletes

NCAA Reference Guide - Includes Core Course & Sliding Scale Requirements

Notre Dame Upward Bound/Trio Presentation February 23, 2013 found HERE

 


ASK BEFORE YOU ACT (574) 631-9647
I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Notre Dame

Department of Athletics

JumpForward

Thursday, November 4, 2010

 
The NCAA salutes the more than 400,000 student-athletes participating in 23 sports at more than 1,000 member institutions. NCAA.org