Episode 20

High School Athletes: NCAA Eligibility, Recruiting & Your ACT


June 25th, 2020

15 mins 20 secs

Season 1

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About this Episode

Some athletes believe their ACT scores, high school classes, and grades won't matter. The NCAA says differently.

Athletes must be an NCAA qualifier to compete. Part of the requirements is a combination of ACT and core GPA. You must meet the minimum core requirements to qualify. This varies by division.

NCAA's Use of ACT Scores:

  1. Use a sliding scale of ACT and GPA.
  2. Do not use ACT writing.
  3. Use superscores.

Some colleges have their own requirements higher than the NCAA.

Some schools internally use a tier system for recruited athletes.

If you think you may want to be a college athlete:
-Verify you are on track to have all required core courses.
-Calculate your core GPA
-Calculate your superscore
-Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center


Division 1 Fact Sheet

• Complete 16 core courses.
• Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester (senior year) of high school.
• Seven of the 10 core courses must be in English, math or natural/physical science.
• Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.300.
• Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching the core-course. GPA on the Division I sliding scale (Click on fact sheet link above)
• Graduate high school.

Division 2 Fact Sheet

• Complete 16 core courses.
• Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.200.
• Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching the core-course. GPA on the Division II full qualifier sliding scale (see back page).
• Graduate high school.

Many sports teams offer partial athletic scholarships. Often, these partials can be supplemented with academic scholarships.

Objective scholarships are defined as money given to every student who meets defined objectives which are typically ACT and GPA related.

I’d love to connect with you and keep you posted on upcoming episodes and resources. For a free downloadable pdf What Scholarship Committees Look for and How to Win Them, go to scholarships.chadcargill.com, and get your guide now.

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