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1NCAA Initial-Eligibility and the Recruiting Process Presented by:Paul C. BowdenGeorge Mason University
2National Collegiate Athletic Association Known as the NCAA1280 member institutionsDivided into 3 divisions
3NCAA Divisions Division I Division II Division III Division I-A [Football]-Football Bowl SubdivisionDivision I-AA [Football]Football Championship SubdivisionDivision I-AAA [No Football]Division IIDivision III
4NCAA Championships Sponsors 88 championships in 23 sports Approximately 450,000 student-athletes compete for NCAA championships
5Where do I fit?All of the 3 Divisions offer excellent academic and excellent athletic opportunitiesConsult your Parents, Counselors and Coaches to help determine your best “fit”.Is playing a requirement for your happiness?Do you want to play more than one sport?There is a college team for you!!!
6NCAA Division I Requirements Graduate from high schoolSuccessfully complete 16 Core CoursesHave a core course GPA in combination with a SAT or ACT test scoreReceive Amateurism Certification
7NCAA Core Course Requirements 16 core academic courses required:4 years of English3 years of Math (Algebra I and higher)2 years of Natural/physical science (at least one lab)1 year of Additional courses in English, math, or science2 years of Social science4 years of Additional academic courses (foreign language, etc.)You must complete at least 10 core courses by the end of your junior year, 7 of 10 in E,M or Sc (current sophomores)
8NCAA Test Score Requirements SATMathVerbalWriting (This Component will not be used indetermining Qualifier Status)ACTEnglishScienceReading
9NCAA Sliding Scale 3.550 & above 37 400 3.525 38 410 3.500 39 420 Core GPA ACT SAT3.550 & aboveScale is now expanded with gpa range 2.00 – 3.55 with a corresponding test score.
10SAT/ACTSince the NCAA and Admissions Offices allow you to use the best SAT Math score from one test date and the best Verbal score from another test date to obtain the highest combined score.It is in your best interest to take the test more than once.
11NCAA Division II Requirements 2.0 GPA in 16 core courses820 SAT combined score
12NCAA Division III Requirements If admitted to Division III institution you are eligible to compete
13To Report Test Scores Mark code 9999 when registering for ACT/SAT Scores must be reported directly from the testing agency.
14TipsA high school course taken in the eighth grade may be used if the course is on the high school transcript with a grade and credit and if the course is on the high school's list of approved core courses.Plus and minus grades CANNOT be usedIn Division I, all core courses must be completed in the first eight semesters of high school, based on when a student first started ninth grade. If a student graduates on time with his or her class (in eight semesters), the student may use one core course taken after graduation.In Division II, it is allowable to use any core course taken prior to the student’s enrollment as a full-time student in any college or university.
15NCAA Eligibility Center File at the end of junior year in high school(6 semesters completed)
16Clearinghouse Application Process Online registration is REQUIRED!!!!!!!!Apply online at
17Visits to College Campus Unofficial Visits (at your own expense) may be taken at anytime.Official Visits (paid for by the Athletics Department) can only be taken during your senior year and only if you are registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse
18RecruitmentPhone calls from Division I coaches can not start until July 1, after your junior year (except Men’s Basketball, which starts June 15 after sophomore year and Women’s Basketball, which starts September 1 of your junior year)One phone call per week from that point onYou can call a coach anytime you want, no restrictions
19Please note!Meeting NCAA academic requirements does not guarantee your admission into a college.You must apply for admission.You must apply to the NCAA ClearinghouseThese processes are required, but do not have anything to do with each other
20Most Valuable Resource Annually the NCAA produces the Guide for College Bound Student-Athletes.You can either call the NCAA to request a copy or print from the NCAA website
21Academic Challenges (if you really want to play in college!) As a high school student-athlete, you must be a “real student”! You need to develop and enhance your academic talentsTo participate at the collegiate level is a wonderful opportunity, offered to very few high school student-athletes.You have to be different. You have to be serious about academics.IT IS IN YOUR HANDS!
22Other Topics Scholarships Financial Aid Division I,II,III Playing more than one sportTime management
23ConclusionThe goal is to find the school that is a “Good Fit” for you in terms of Academics and Athletics
24For additional information: To contact the NCAA Eligibility Center:Certification ProcessingP.O. Box 7136Indianapolis, Indiana 46207FaxTo contact the NCAA:NCAA Hotline:
25George Mason University Compliance Office Paul C. BowdenAssociate AD of Compliance