Athletics

NCAA Eligibility

NCAA Clearing House Eligibility Guidelines

Student Athletes interested in pursuing athletics at an NCAA division I or II institution must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center; students must qualify academically and be cleared as an amateur student-athlete.  We recommend student-athletes review the following information beginning their freshman year in order to schedule the appropriate core courses to meet the NCAA standards.

Core Courses


NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses as of August 1, 2008. This rule applies to any student first entering any Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2008.

16 Core Courses:
4 years of English.
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy).

NCAA Division II requires 14 core courses. (Please note: Division II will require 16 core courses beginning August 1, 2013)

14 Core Courses:
3 years of English.
2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
2 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
3 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy).

Test Scores


Division I has a sliding scale for test score and grade-point average.

Division II has a minimum SAT score requirement of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.

The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the four sections on the ACT: English, mathematics, reading and science.

All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center by the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used. This is accomplished by entering the Eligibility Center code of 9999 upon registration.

Grade-Point Average


Only core courses are used in the calculation of the grade-point average.

Students can view JPII’s list of NCAA-approved core courses, GPA requirements along with other qualifying guidelines on the Eligibility Center’s website at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.

Other Important Information


Students should register during their junior year and request a 6th semester official transcript be sent to the Eligibility Center.

Students should complete the amateurism questionnaire as truthfully and completely as possible.

Request an official final transcript be sent to the Eligibility Center upon graduation.

Request final amateurism certification during your senior year (beginning April 1, for Fall enrollees and October 1 for Spring enrollees).

NCAA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136
(877) 262-1492
Fax: 317-968-5100