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There are new requirements for college-bound student-athletes enrolling full time at an NCAA Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2016.

Minimum core-course GPA of 2.300 required for competition;
Ten core courses required before beginning of senior year for competition; and
Slight changes in GPA/test score index (sliding scale).

For college-bound student-athletes enrolling full time at an NCAA Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2016, there are three possible academic outcomes:
1. Full qualifier = competition, athletics aid (scholarship), and practice the first year.
2. Academic redshirt = athletics aid the first year, practice in first regular academic term (semester or quarter).
3. Nonqualifier = no athletics aid, practice or competition the first year.

Students will need to meet the following requirements to receive athletics aid, practice and compete their first year:
16 core courses in the following areas:
4 years English;
3 years math at Algebra I level or higher;
2 years natural or physical science (one lab if offered at any high school attended);
1 year additional English, math or natural/physical science;
2 years social science; and
4 years additional from areas above or foreign language, philosophy or comparative religion.
Minimum required GPA:
Minimum GPA of 2.300 required for competition in those 16 core courses.
Graduate from high school.

For more NCAA eligibility center information go to:  http://web3.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp