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You need to know the NCAA "Core Courses"

What are the core courses? 



NCAA schools require college-bound student-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses to prepare them for the academic expectations in college.

These required courses are called "core courses". You will need to have passed each core course in order to get the credit.

Each NCAA division will have different expectations of what each student needs in order to be eligible. Only courses in English, math (Algebra 1 or higher), natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy may be approved as NCAA core courses.

English courses
  • English 1 (9)
  • English 2 (10)
  • English 3 (11)
  • English 4 (12)
  • American Literature
  • Creative Writing
Math Courses:
  • Algebra 1 (10)
  • Algebra 2 (11)
  • Algebra 3 (12)
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
Natural Science Courses:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Social science courses:
  • History
  • Civics
  • Government
Additional courses:
  • Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Foreign language

It is important to know what courses you need to take in high school in order to be eligible for your division of choice. If you have not properly prepared you will be deemed ineligible.


Find out if your high school courses are considered NCAA core courses: https://web3.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/hsAction?hsActionSubmit=searchHighSchool

 

NCAA Division I Core Courses Eligibility
Complete 16 core courses
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Math
  • 2 years of Science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
  • 1 additional year of English, math or science
  • 2 years of social science
  • 4 additional years of any of the above, foreign language, philosophy or religion
You must also keep a 2.3 GPA in all 16 core courses

If you do not meet the requirements you can apply for an academic redshirt with a minimum of 2.0 GPA in those core courses.

NCAA Division II Core Courses Eligibility
Complete 16 core courses
  • 3 years of English
  • 2 years of Math
  • 2 years of Science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
  • 3 additional years of English, math or science
  • 2 years of social science
  • 4 additional years of any of the above, foreign language, philosophy or religion
You must also keep a 2.2 GPA in all 16 core courses

If you do not meet the requirements you can apply for an academic redshirt with a minimum of 2.0 GPA in those core courses.

 
Other Divisions
The NAIA and NJCAA have GPA and graduation requirements but do not have "core course" requirements. However, some schools have their own core course requirements.

It is important to check with your counselor, high school, perspective school, and coach to make sure you will be eligible for your desired college or university.