NCAA Academic Eligibility Requirements

  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), an organization founded in 1906, which has established rules on eligibility, recruiting, and financial aid, regulates many college sports. The NCAA has three membership divisions: Division I, Division II, and Division III. If you are planning to enroll in college as a freshman and wish to participate in Division I or Division II sports, you must be certified by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. Students must register online at: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. The Clearinghouse will recalculate your academic information and determine if you meet the NCAA’s initial eligibility requirements.

    Student athletes are required to send their SAT/ACT scores electronically from the test center. Students must use Code 9999.

    All students who are planning to play collegial sports MUST meet with their counselor to declare NCAA interest and review course selections.

    Division I Requirements:

    • Complete a core curriculum of at least 16 academic courses from the list of approved courses (see NCAA website for Patchogue-Medford’s list of approved courses).
    • A minimum G.P.A. and SAT score/ACT sum score that meets the NCAA qualifier index.
    • Graduate from high school

    16 Core Courses:

    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of Mathematics (Algebra I or higher) *Geometry is suggested but not required
    • 2 years of Natural/Physical Science (including 1 year of lab Science)
    • 1 year of additional English, Mathematics, or Natural/Physical Science
    • 2 years of Social Science
    • 4 years of additional courses (from any area above or Foreign Language)

    *Although a course is NCAA approved, courses with similar content may be deemed duplicative by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

    Division II Requirements:

    • Complete a core curriculum of at least 16 academic courses from the list of approved course
    • Earn a 2.0 G.A. or better in your core courses.
    • A minimum combined SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
    • Graduate from high school

    16 Core Courses:

    • 3 years of English
    • 2 years of Mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
    • 2 years of Natural/Physical Science (including one year of lab science)
    • 3 years of additional English, Mathematics, or Natural/Physical Science
    • 2 years of Social Science

    4 years of additional courses (from any area above or Foreign Language)