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New NCAA Academic Elegibility Standards

April 27, 2012
By Anthony McKissic Sr. of The Gold Print



 

The NCAA recently released the new SAT/ACT sliding scale that corresponds with the increased GPA requirements for the class of 2016 and beyond. Any student-athlete beginning high school in the fall of 2012 and after who is even remotely considering the possibility of playing a sport collegiately needs to understand these changes. The wiggle room to correct academic shortcomings has been greatly reduced.

Here is a summary of the new D1 academic requirements for a Full Qualifier that take affect for the class of

2016 and beyond:

ï‚· The minimum

core course GPA has increased from 2.00 to 2.30

ï‚· 10

 

of the 16 core course requirements must be satisfied prior to the start of the senior year

ï‚· 7

 

of those 10 core courses must be from the English, Math and Science subsections

ï‚· Grades earned

 

in the 10 core courses are "locked in" for the purpose of calculating the final core course GPA

ï‚· Any

retakes of the first 10 core courses must be completed prior to senior year

The NCAA has also introduced a new status for the class of 2016 - the

"Academic Redshirt." An "Academic Redshirt" may receive a scholarship and practice with their team, but may not participate in game competition as a college freshman. Students with a GPA of 2.30 or above may achieve either "Academic Redshirt" or "Full Qualifier" status, depending on their SAT/ACT test scores. Students with a core course GPA between 2.00 and 2.29 cannot attain "Full Qualifier" status but may achieve "Academic Redshirt" status by meeting minimum sliding scale test score requirements.

The new sliding SAT/ACT scale results in significant changes in minimum test score requirements. The

minimum SAT score required to compete as a college freshman increased by 180 points while the minimum ACT score increased by an average of 14 points (sum score).

Here are two examples of the changes to the new sliding scale:

ï‚·

Prior to 2016: 2.00 core course GPA + 1010 SAT or 86 ACT = Full Qualifier

ï‚· 2016 and after: 2.00

 

core course GPA + 1020 SAT or 86 ACT = Academic Redshirt

ï‚· Prior to 2016: 2.50

 

core course GPA + 820 SAT or 68 ACT = Full Qualifier

ï‚· 2016 and after: 2.50

 

core course GPA + 1000 SAT or 85 ACT = Full Qualifier

Remember, the NCAA does not include the writing component of the SAT or ACT and the ACT score is a sum score (not average) of the English, math, reading and science sections.

Finally, just because a student-athlete meets the minimum NCAA academic standards, it doesn't mean they will be admitted to play sports at the college of their choice. Many universities have academic standards for incoming freshman athletes that are

much higher than the NCAA minimum requirements.

So what does this all mean?

Student-athletes must start tracking courses early. A student-athlete should calculate their initial core course GPA at the conclusion of their first semester in high school and continue to do so each semester thereafter.

Now more than ever, every semester counts.

NCAA Sliding Scale for Class of 2016

CoreCourseGPA.com | Page 2

Core GPA

 

SAT

Redshirt

 

SAT

Full Qualifier

 

ACT

Redshirt

 

ACT

Full Qualifier

 

4.000

 

400

 

400

 

37

 

37

 

3.975

 

400

 

410

 

37

 

38

 

3.950

 

400

 

420

 

37

 

39

 

3.925

 

400

 

430

 

37

 

40

 

3.900

 

400

 

440

 

37

 

41

 

3.875

 

400

 

450

 

37

 

41

 

3.850

 

400

 

460

 

37

 

42

 

3.825

 

400

 

470

 

37

 

42

 

3.800

 

400

 

480

 

37

 

43

 

3.775

 

400

 

490

 

37

 

44

 

3.750

 

400

 

500

 

37

 

44

 

3.725

 

400

 

510

 

37

 

45

 

3.700

 

400

 

520

 

37

 

46

 

3.675

 

400

 

530

 

37

 

46

 

3.650

 

400

 

540

 

37

 

47

 

3.625

 

400

 

550

 

37

 

47

 

3.600

 

400

 

560

 

37

 

48

 

3.575

 

400

 

570

 

37

 

49

 

3.550

 

400

 

580

 

37

 

49

 

3.525

 

410

 

590

 

38

 

50

 

3.500

 

420

 

600

 

39

 

50

 

3.475

 

430

 

610

 

40

 

51

 

3.450

 

440

 

620

 

41

 

52

 

3.425

 

450

 

630

 

41

 

52

 

3.400

 

460

 

640

 

42

 

53

 

3.375

 

470

 

650

 

42

 

53

 

3.350

 

480

 

660

 

43

 

54

 

3.325

 

490

 

670

 

44

 

55

 

3.300

 

500

 

680

 

44

 

56

 

3.275

 

510

 

690

 

45

 

56

 

3.250

 

520

 

700

 

46

 

57

 

3.225

 

530

 

710

 

46

 

58

 

3.200

 

540

 

720

 

47

 

59

 

3.175

 

550

 

730

 

47

 

60

 

3.150

 

560

 

740

 

48

 

61

 

3.125

 

570

 

750

 

49

 

61

 

3.100

 

580

 

760

 

49

 

62

 

3.075

 

590

 

770

 

50

 

63

 

3.050

 

600

 

780

 

50

 

64

 

3.025

 

610

 

790

 

51

 

65

 

3.000

 

620

 

800

 

52

 

66

 


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