The New 2016 NCAA Division I Eligibility Standards
Recently the NCAA released new eligibility requirements for student-athletes enrolling in college in August 2016 or later. The new requirements have rightfully earned the nickname 2.3 or take the knee.
Student athletes seeking to compete at the Division I level must:
- Graduate from high school
- Complete a total of 16 core courses, 10 of which must be completed before their seventh semester
- Attain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.300 in core courses in order to compete their first year of college
- Earn a SAT or ACT score that matches their GPA on a sliding scale
Understanding Core Courses:
The NCAA wants athletes with a solid academic background so that they are prepared for the challenges of college academics. In order to do so, the NCAA requires student-athletes to complete the following core courses within their high school academic years
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of Mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
- 2 years of Natural/ Physical Science including 1 year of a lab based science if offered by the high school
- 1 year of additional English, Mathematics, or Science
- 2 years of Social Science
- 4 years of additional courses from any of the concentrations above or in foreign language, religion, or philosophy
10 of these courses must be completed before a student’s seventh semester. These courses are “locked in” meaning theses classes may not be retaken to improve the athletes GPA.
7 of these 10 courses must be a mixture of English, mathematics, or natural/physical science in order to fulfill the proper distribution requirements by the NCAA of core courses.
If an athlete finds they have not completed the 10 core courses before their seventh semester it’s not the end of the world. Athletes in this situation are still eligible to sign with a team, receive a scholarship, and attend practices but may not compete.