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Guide for College Bound Stu./Athlete

The requirements are changing for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1, 2016.   

Students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school this fall must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy 
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the start of the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they must have more than 10 core courses completed to be able to repeat or replace any of the 10 courses used in the preliminary academic certification. 
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses. 
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they will need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they will need a higher test score to be eligible.  
For more resources regarding these changes, visit


ASU Eligibility Presentation - Power Point


Thank you for all you do to inform and educate your student-athletes and parents about the NCAA academic standards. Our outreach and education efforts are ongoing and we have some updated materials to share with you. The following resources are designed to help you and your colleagues as you provide information to students and families, and assist them with the initial-eligibility, registration and certification process. Please refer to our redesigned registration website,, or our educational site, for even more information.

Our updated and traditional resources for the 2017-18 school year can be found on our Educational Resources page and include: 


  • Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
  • Initial-Eligibility Brochure (to order)
  • Initial-Eligibility Brochure (printable)
  • Division I Initial-Eligibility Requirements
  • Division II Initial-Eligibility Requirements