NCAA Eligibility

Most students at DHS easily meet the NCAA eligibility standards by meeting (and often surpassing) the graduation requirements at DHS. However, it is still wise to make an appointment with your counselor to do some forward planning at the end of 9th grade or the beginning of 10th grade. Moreover, it is essential that you meet with your counselor to complete the NCAA worksheet together to ensure that you'll meet the NCAA eligibility standards by the time you graduate.

If you plan on competing in collegiate athletics, you'll need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. During your junior year, contact coaches of programs at specific colleges/universities that you're interested in (see below). To present yourself in the best possible light, it would be wise to submit a highlight tape to them also. Your high school coaches will be able to provide advice in this area. It is your responsibility to meet with your DHS counselor to ensure that you're on track to meet NCAA eligibility. You'll find a NCAA Eligibility Worksheet attached below. It is partially filled out with the core course that are required at DHS; hopefully this will save you some time.

To have your DHS transcript sent to NCAA or colleges, you'll need to go to to make the request. (You'll need your NCAA 10-digit ID number to have the transcript sent to them.)

To find your 10-digit NCAA ID number, login to the NCAA Eligibility Center (or create an account if you haven't already).....after you login, the "WELCOME" page will appear. Up in the top right corner, you will find your 10-digit ID number to submit to

New NCAA Division I Initial-Eligibility Standards

Effective August 2016, the initial-eligibility standards for NCAA Division I college-bound student-athletes are changing. College-bound student-athletes first entering a Division I college or university will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice or compete during their first year.


three terms you need to know:

  1. Full Qualifier: A college-bound student-athlete may receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice and compete in the first year of enrollment at the Division I college or university.
  2. Academic Redshirt: A college-bound student-athlete may receive athletics aid (scholarship) in the first year of enrollment and may practice in the first regular academic term (semester or quarter) but may NOT compete in the first year of enrollment. After the first term is complete, the college-bound student-athlete must be academically successful at his/her college or university to continue to practice for the rest of the year.
  3. Nonqualifier: A college-bound student-athlete cannot receive athletics aid (scholarship), cannot practice and cannot compete in the first year of enrollment.

Here are the new requirements:

1. Complete 16 core courses:
  • 4 years of English.
  • 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
  • 1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
  • 2 years of social science.
  • 4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).
2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.300;
  • Grades earned in the 10 required courses required before the senior year are "locked in" for purposes of GPA calculation.
  • A repeat of one of the "locked in" courses will not be used to improve the GPA if taken after the seventh semester begins.
3. Meet the competition sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score (this is a new scale with increased GPA/test score requirements);
4. Graduate from high school.

1. Complete 16 core courses (same as listed above);
2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.000;
3. Meet the academic redshirt sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score;
4. Graduate from high school.
A college-bound student-athlete who fails to meet the standards for a qualifier or for an academic redshirt.

Divisions I and II Initial-Eligibility Requirements

Core Courses

  • NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses. NCAA Division II will require 16 core courses for students enrolling on or after August 1, 2013.
  • NCAA Division I will require 10 core courses to be completed prior to the seventh semester (seven of the 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that meet the distribution requirements below). These 10 courses become "locked in" at the seventh semester and cannot be retaken for grade improvement.
Beginning August 1, 2016, it will be possible for a Division I college-bound student-athlete to still receive athletics aid and the ability to practice with the team if he or she fails to meet the 10 course requirement,  but he or she would not be able to compete.

Test Scores

  • Division I uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core grade-point averages (GPA). The sliding scale for those requirements is shown on the NCAA website:
  • Division II requires a minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
  • The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.
  • The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.
  • When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used.

Grade-Point Average

  • Be sure to look at Dexter High School's List of NCAA Courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website ( Our DHS school code is 231255. Only courses that appear on our school's List of NCAA Courses will be used in the calculation of the core GPA. Use the list as a guide.
  • Division I students enrolling full time before August 1, 2016, should use Sliding Scale A to determine eligibility to receive athletics aid, practice and competition during the first year.
  • Division I GPA required to receive athletics aid and practice on or after August 1, 2016, is 2.000 (corresponding test-score requirements are listed on Sliding Scale B on Page No. 2 of this sheet).
  • Division I GPA required to be eligible for competition on or after August 1, 2016, is 2.300 (corresponding test-score requirements are listed on Sliding Scale B on Page No. 2 of this sheet).
  • The Division II core GPA requirement is a minimum of 2.000. Remember, the NCAA GPA is calculated using NCAA core courses only.