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Student-Athletes and the NCAA

Student-Athletes and the NCAA

MPS high school student-athletes who want to play Division 1 or 2 athletics in college must be certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Are you planning to play college athletics? Talk to your school counselor!  It is never too early to start planning and ensure you meet the NCAA requirements. In addition to earning credit in 16 core courses (ELA, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Language), NCAA requires students to maintain a certain GPA combined with earning a certain ACT score.

Check out the NCAA eligibility center for more information.

High School Timeline for Collegebound Student-Athletes:

9th Grade: Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse with a profile page. Earn strong grades in your core course areas. Talk to your school counselor to tell them about your plans.

10th Grade: Be sure to communicate with your school counselor and coach about your goals to play college athletics at a Division 1 or 2 level. Continue to challenge yourself academically and earn strong grades in your core courses.

11th Grade: Prepare for and take the ACT. Continue to work hard and excel in your courses. Create a certified account with the NCAA Clearinghouse. If you need a fee waiver to cover the cost of this account, talk to your school counselor. During the Spring of 11th grade, talk to your school counselor and ask them to upload a transcript.

12th Grade: Meet with your school counselor and finalize your 12th grade academic plan. Are you on track for NCAA elibiliby? Do you need to re-take the ACT or any coursework? Be sure that all the core courses you have taken are approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse. 


PDF Academic Eligibility - The Basics   --  This document will provide a basic overview of requirements for student-athletes who want to play Division 1 or 2 college athletics after high school.