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What is a NCAA Qualifier- D1

Academic-Eligibility Requirements


If you want to participate in athletics or receive an athletics scholarship during your first year, you must:

  • Graduate from high school;     
  • Complete these 16 core courses:
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
    • 1 extra year of English, math, or natural or physical science
    • 2 years of social science
    • 4 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or Foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy);
  • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses; and
  • Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course grade-point average and test score sliding scale (for example, a 2.400 core-course grade-point average needs an 860 SAT).

Requirement to graduate with your high school class

You must complete the 16 core-course requirement in eight semesters, which begins when you initially started high school with your ninth-grade class. If you graduate from high school in

eight semesters with your class, you may use one core-course unit completed within one year after graduation (summer or academic year) to meet NCAA Division I initial-eligibility requirements.

You may complete the core course at a location other than the high school from which you graduated and may initially enroll full time at a college or university at any time after completion of the core course.

Division I Qualifier

Being a qualifier enables you to:

  • Practice or compete for your college or university during your first year of college;
  • Receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college; and
  • Play four seasons in your sport if you maintain your eligibility from year to year.

Division I Non-qualifier

As a non-qualifier, you will not be able to:

  • Practice or compete for your college or university during your first year of college; or
  • Receive an athletic scholarship during your first year of college, although you may receive need-based financial aid.

Class of 2017 New Division I Requirements

College-bound student-athletes first entering an NCAA Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2016, will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice or compete during their first year.

Full Qualifier

Academic Redshirt


Complete 16 Core Courses:

  • Ten of the 16 core courses must be complete before the seventh semester (senior year) of high school.
  • Seven of the 10 core courses must be in English, Math, or Science.

Complete 16 core courses.

Does not meet requirements for Full Qualifier or Academic Redshirt status.  

Minimum Core-Course GPA of 2.300.

Minimum Core-Course GPA of 2.000.


Meet the sliding scale of requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score.

Meet the sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT /SAT score.


Graduate from high school.

Graduate from high school.