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Important NCAA Update

The NCAA Eligibility Center has recently adopted a new policy for high school student-athletes who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement during their first six semesters of high school. Qualified student-athletes will receive an early certification waiver prior to high school graduation.

In order to qualify for an early certification waiver a student must meet the following criteria:

A minimum SAT (math and critical reading) score of 1000 or minimum sum score of 85 on the ACT;

For Division I:  Core-course GPA of 3.0 or higher in a minimum of 13 core courses:

  • 3 English;
  • 2 Math;
  • 2 Science; and
  • 6 additional core courses.

For Division II:  Core-course GPA of 3.0 or higher in a minimum of 12 core courses:

  • 3 English;
  • 2 Math;
  • 2 Science; and
  • 5 additional core courses.

During their senior year, the student-athlete will receive confirmation that he/she has met the academic certification requirements.

If you have any questions about early certification you may contact the NCAA Eligibility Center directly at 877-262-1492.

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Aaron Sorenson

2 Comments

  • If a student has 990 and not the 1000, and has the other requirements that you listed, does that disqualify him for Div I? Are you saying that for a
    Div I scholarship, the student “Must” have your
    listed requirements?

  • It depends on if you are discussing eligibility or getting into to a school. Each school has their own emissions standards while the NCAA has a strict scale.