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NCAA Core Courses

by Jim Herb
 
To be eligible for an NCAA athletic scholarship, you must have successfully
completed, with a minimum 2.0 GPA, predefined courses. These course are
called the NCAA Core Course Requirements.

It is important to plan these courses through high school to make sure you
do qualify for collegiate sports. Generally speaking, if you carry a solid
schedule throughout high school, you should have no problem in meeting
these requirements. To help you plan your schedule, here is what the NCAA
requires in these core courses for Div. I and Div. II Schools.

DIVISION I Colleges (effective 8/1/96)
English - 4 years
Mathematics - 2 years ( one year being Algebra and one being Geometry)
Natural / Physical Sciences - 2 years (including 1 lab science if offered by HS)
Social Sciences - 2 years
Additional - 1 year in English, Math, Natural or Physical Sciences.
- 2 years in any of the above areas or foreign language, computer
Science, Philosophy or non-doctrinal religion.
SAT/ACT - minimum of 900 on SAT with a minimum of 2.0 GPA or
minimum of 21 on the ACT with a minimum of 2.0 GPA.

DIVISION II Colleges
English - 3 years
Mathematics - 2 years
Natural / Physical Sciences - 2 years (including 1 lab science if offered by HS)
Social Sciences - 2 years
Additional - 2 years in English, Math, Natural or Physical Sciences.
- 2 years in any of the above areas or foreign language, computer
Science, Philosophy or non-doctrinal religion.
SAT/ACT - minimum of 900 on SAT with a minimum of 2.0 GPA or
minimum of 21 on the ACT with a minimum of 2.0 GPA.

Be careful during your senior year, thinking you have all these requirements
met and decide to kick back and carry a very light load. Colleges look for this
and they really prefer seeing solid subject taken each year of high school and
especially in the senior year.

I hope this has helped you plan your academic activities during high school.
Be aware that the academic requirements do change occasionally and you
should keep up to date with them.

If you have any questions on this topic, please don't hesitate in responding

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