National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) governs athletics at the college level. Of course, college athletics begins long before the student steps onto the campus for freshman orientation. Student athletes begin in high school to build eligibility for their college sports careers.
Please note from the onset of this article that eligibility requirements are set and determined solely by the NCAA and this article is not intended to be the final authority regarding eligibility. For current, comprehensive eligibility requirements, please visit http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/eligibility-center.
The first thing to know is that requirements vary depending on the type of college the student plans to attend. Colleges are divided into Division I, Division II, and Division III based on the number of sports teams the institution sponsors.
To be eligible for a Division I school, a student-athlete needs:
- 16 core courses in an NCAA approved program (4 English, 3 Math, 2 Natural/Physical Science, 2 Social Sciences, 1 additional English, Math, or Science, 4 additional courses such as foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)
- 10 of the 16 courses must be completed by the seventh semester (going into the senior year)
- Earn a qualifying ACT or SAT score that matches core-course GPA (2.3 minimum) (according to concordance tables established by the College Board)
To be eligible for a Division II school, a student-athlete needs:
- 16 core courses in an NCAA approved program (3 English, 2 Math, 2 Natural/Physical Science, 2 Social Sciences, 3 additional English, Math, or Science, 4 additional courses such as foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)
- Earn a qualifying ACT or SAT score that matches core-course GPA (2.2 minimum) (according to concordance tables established by the College Board)
Division III schools set their own admissions and eligibility standards. Contact the Division III school you hope to attend to learn the specific requirements.
IVLA Provides NCAA Approved Courses for Student Athletes
IVLA is proud of its NCAA approval, a status awarded to only academically rigorous programs. IVLA offers five diploma programs, any of which can be tailored to NCAA eligibility. Only Apex courseware is NCAA approved so IVLA student-athletes must enroll only in that courseware and must enroll with the NCAA Eligibility Center their sophomore or junior year.
Why choose IVLA online high school for student-athletes?
- Fully Accredited – IVLA is accredited by AdvancEd.
- Course Scheduling – Student athletes at IVLA can start their course of study at any time during the year.
- Learning Flexibility – Because our Apex Learning System is an online format, learning can happen at any time, any place. Thus, student-athletes can schedule their learning and their training to their best advantage.
- Learning Pace – Student athletes can work at their own pace, with extra practice and support where they need it and the option to excel where they can.
- Support – Each course at IVLA is supported by a teacher who will track students’ progress and answer students’ questions. IVLA teachers are certified and highly qualified.
- Interaction – Student athletes are assigned a mentor who will work closely with the student and family. The mentor provides weekly feedback regarding student progress. In addition, mentors facilitate online homeroom sessions, where students engage in shared learning experiences with other students.
Visit IVLA today and to help your student-athlete build NCAA eligibility with flexibility to pursue their sport!