NCAA Clearinghouse: Initial Eligibility

Understanding Initial Eligibility

If you have a natural talent and your goal is to become a career athlete, then you need to start training and practicing as young as possible.  The same philosophy goes for preparing yourself for the recruiting process.  In order to make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements, it is imperative that you start researching what you will need to qualify for an athletic scholarship before you start high school.

Good grades count!

If comes down between you and another athlete, a coach will use your grade point average as the deciding factor.  Make sure that your performance in the classroom is as impressive as your athletic ability.

Here are the 16 core courses that you need to excel in.

-       Graduate from high school in eight semesters

-       Complete these core courses:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
  • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab
  • science if offered by your high school)
  • 1 extra year of English, math, or natural or physical science
  • 2 years of social science
  • 4 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or
  • foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy);

-       Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses.

-       Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course grade-point average and test score sliding scale.

Make sure that you don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime just because you missed taking once course in high school.  Research and understand all eligibility requirements to make sure you won’t lose out on your chance!