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NCAA Core Course Requirements


Did you know that there are course work requirements in order to be eligible for NCAA athletics and NCAA scholarships? If you didn’t, then you may be wondering what kind of requirements there are. According to the NCAA, student-athletes who want to play Division I sports must complete 16 core courses during high school in order to be considered eligible. It is recommended to check-in with your high school academic advisor every year to make sure you are on track to completing these courses so you don’t run into trouble when it comes time to commit! Below is a basic overview of the 16 core course requirements for Division I schools.

For Division I schools:

4 years of English
3 years of math (algebra 1 or a higher level)
2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
2 years of social science
1 additional year of English, math, or science
4 years of additional core courses that can be a combination of English, math science, foreign language, nondoctrinal religion, or philosophy

Division II schools have slightly different requirements depending on your enrollment date. To learn more in depth details about core course requirements for both Division I and Division II schools, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center or CollegeBoard.  As soon as schools starts, schedule an appointment with your high school academic advisor to see if you’re on track!

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