Follow your high school's policy regarding its lowest passing grade. If the Eligibility
Center does not have this policy, the lowest passing grade that will be used is D.
Will credit-by-exam courses meet core-course requirements?
No. Courses completed through credit-by-exam will not be used. Are vocational courses
acceptable? No. Traditional vocational courses (e.g., typing, auto mechanics, driver's education and health)
are not acceptable.
Do pass/fail grades count?
Yes, these grades may satisfy your core-course requirements.
The Eligibility Center will assign your high school's lowest passing grade for a pass/fail class.
May courses taken in the eighth grade that are high school core courses (e.g., Algebra
I, Spanish 1, Freshman Composition) be used to meet the core-course requirement?
A 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 NCAA List of Approved Core Courses.
May independent-study, Internet and correspondence courses count as core
courses? Yes, if the following four conditions are met:
The course meets core-course requirements;
2. You and the instructor
have access to each other during the course so that the instructor can teach, evaluate and provide assistance to you;
3. Appropriate academic authorities evaluate your work according to the high school's
academic policies; and
4. The course is acceptable for any student
to take and is placed on your high school transcript.
college courses count as core courses?
may be used to satisfy core-curriculum requirements if the courses are accepted and awarded credit by the high school for
any student and meet all other requirements for core courses. For NCAA Division I only, such courses must be placed on the
student's high school transcript. Courses taken at a college will NOT appear on the high school's NCAA List of Approved Core
Courses. The high school's NCAA List of Approved Core Courses will include only those courses taught/offered by the high school.
How are courses taken over two years counted?
A one-year course that is spread over a longer period of time is considered one course
and will receive a maximum of one core-course credit. (Example: Algebra 1, spread over two years, would receive one unit of
credit.) How is my core-course GPA calculated?
Your core-course GPA is the average of your best grades achieved for all required core
courses. If you have taken extra core courses, those courses will be used in your GPA, only if they improve your GPA.
Can weighted grades for honors or advanced-placement courses be factored into the calculation
of the student's core GPA?
A school's normal
practice of weighting honors or advanced courses may be used, as long as the weighting is used for computing GPAs. Weighting
cannot be used if the high school weights grades for the purpose of determining class rank. Additionally, in no instance may
the student receive greater than 1.000 additional quality points for purposes of calculating the GPA for initial eligibility.
How is the NCAA core GPA different from
a student's overall GPA?
The NCAA core-course GPA is calculated using only NCAA-approved core courses in
the required number of core units. High school GPAs generally include the grades from most or all courses attempted in grades
nine through 12.
Will courses taken after
my senior year meet core-course requirements?
For Division I, maybe. Only courses
completed in grades nine through 12 will qualify as core courses for Division I. If you graduate from high school on schedule
(in eight semesters) with your incoming ninth grade class, you may use one core course completed in the year
after graduation (summer or academic year). 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 collegiate institution at any time after completion of the core
For Division II, yes. All
core courses completed before your full-time enrollment at any college may be used by the Eligibility Center.
For Division I students with diagnosed disabilities, yes. If
you have a properly diagnosed and documented disability, you may use one or more core courses completed after high school
but before full-time enrollment in college.
does the NCAA treat courses similar in content?
approved core courses might be considered duplicates. That is, the content of one course is the same as that of another, even
though the classes might have different titles. If you have taken two classes considered to be duplicates, you will receive
only one core-course credit (typically for the course with the higher
grade). Please ask your high school counselor if you have questions about duplicate courses.
May courses taken at high school "A" be accepted if they appear on high
school "B's" transcript?
No. High school "A" may provide the Eligibility Center with an official
copy of high school "B's" transcript, but grades from one high school cannot be accepted on another high school's
Does the prohibition against
special education, remedial or compensatory courses apply to students with education-impacted disabilities?
No. In order for
courses designated for students with education-impacted disabilities to be approved, the course must be substantially comparable,
qualitatively and quantitatively, as a regular core course offered in that academic area.
Can students with a diagnosed education-impacted disability use courses that are
designated for students with an education-impacted disability to meet NCAA core-course requirements?
appropriately diagnosed education-impacted disabilities may use courses for students with education-impacted disabilities
for the purpose of meeting NCAA core-course requirements. Courses for students with education-impacted disabilities must appear
on the high school's NCAA List of Approved Core Courses in order for a student to receive NCAA credit for the course.
May a nonstandard ACT/SAT exam be used for initial eligibility?
with diagnosed education-impacted disabilities may take a nonstandard ACT or SAT exam. The test score must be provided to
the Eligibility Center from the testing agency, just as any other test score.
How are students prioritized for processing at the Eligibility Center?
Students who have their
status requested by an NCAA institution are prioritized by the Eligibility Center for processing. If a student's eligibility
status is never requested by a member institution, the Eligibility Center may not process such a student's status. *If you
have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact the Eligibility Center's customer service staff at 877/262-1492.