NCAA Requirements

Students who plan to participate in Division I or II athletics as freshmen in college must meet certain criteria, as outlined by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center. Students considering participation in college athletics should consult their guidance counselor early in their high school career to see that their course selections meet NCAA requirements. In addition, they should be aware of NCAA Eligibility Center grade point average and SAT/ACT requirements for participation in athletics. Students should file an eligibility application by the end of their junior year, using forms provided online at

Division I Academic Eligibility Requirements

Division II Academic Eligibility Requirements

For a Complete List of Approved Core Courses: Log on to:

Select “Prospective Student-Athletes.” School Code is 334-752. Then select “List of Approved Core Courses” on the left side of the screen.

Division I and Division II Worksheet:

Theses worksheets can be used to help determine if you are meeting NCAA Eligibility requirements:

Division I and Division II Worksheet

Please use the following McGann-Mercy High School grading scale when completing the worksheets:

Grading Rubric

  • A=93-100
  • B=85-92
  • C=77-84
  • D=70-76
  • F=69-below


Helpful Hints:

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center ( by the end of your junior year.

Send your test scores!  Remember to enter “9999” code when registering for the SAT or ACT.

Request a final certification! Log back in during your senior year and update any new information to request final amateurism certification. *Beginning April 1 for fall enrollees and beginning October 1 for spring enrollees.

Graduate “on time” from high school in eight semesters (4 years). This is a requirement if you want to participate in NCAA Division I athletics.

The NCAA Eligibility Center has launched a new website at to help high school student-athletes successfully transition to college. The enhanced online content gives student-athletes and counselors a broad look at the initial-eligibility process and detailed information about common eligibility situations. 

It is the responsibility of the student to see that their high school course selections, grade point average and their SAT/ACT scores meet NCAA requirements. Any questions on high school credit information please see  Mr. Lombardi.
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