You must register with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics if you plan to play sports at an NAIA college.National Junior College Athletic Association: If you plan to play sports at a Junior College, register with NJCAA.NCAAIf you plan to play sports at an NCAA school, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and have a transcript sent. It is important to start thinking about this early to ensure that you are maintaining your G.P.A and taking the required classes in the appropriate sequence.What STEM sports count as NCAA? Track/field, swimming/diving, tennis, bowling & golf.
NCAA Requirements - The requirements for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1, 2016. Students must graduate from high school and meet ALL the following requirements:Requirements:
Complete 16 core courses:
Four years of English
Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
Two years of natural/physical science and one year of lab science
One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
Two years of social science
Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
* Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math, or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.
* Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
* Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.
For more resources regarding these changes, visit NCAA.org/student-athletes/play-division-i-sports