The NCAA Recruiting Guidelines

The NCAA Recruiting Guidelines

There are 24 NCAA sports on offer for student athletes. These sports are on offer for division I, II, or III athletes, which came about to help align like-minded and similar levelled athletes from different campuses, to compete against each other. Following the NCAA recruiting guidelines will require your athlete to keep a minimum grade point average (GPA). They will need to take NCAA approved courses in order to do so. Your athlete will be required to sit a test dependent on their division level and core courses they are studying. Each division have their own set of academic standards. I strongly suggest visiting the NCAA website to learn the academic standards required of your athletes division and courses.

It’s very important to do the research and know what course your athlete will be taking, what GPA they need to be keep, what tests and essays will be required, and when tests, essays, and paperwork are due. If you need help in finding these details and creating a plan, visit my community of sporting parents and elite athletes. I host twice-weekly live sessions that give you the tools and strategies you need to find all of these details and more. You can become a member today by following this link Read on now for my pointers on the NCAA recruiting rules.

Why The NCAA?

NCAA division I and II schools award more than $2.7 billion in scholarships every year. There are over 150 000 student athletes in NCAA sports. They also have financial aid, student assistance funds, and grants available for those athletes who still need aid after scholarships. The NCAA offers scholarships to division I and II student-athletes, however, they do not offer scholarships to division III athletes. If your athlete is division III, it is still possible to achieve a free ride. You just have to find all of those juicy independent scholarships that no one knows about, and there are thousands of them.

First Steps

For approval from the NCAA, your athletes first steps must be registering with the NCAA eligibility centre. You can register your athlete at When they register, they will receive invite for an official visit. Following this, they will receive a letter of offer for financial aid, and sign a National letter of Intent (NLI). Signing a NLI is optional. Generally, it is the head coach who offers the scholarships, decides the amount, and if they will renew existing scholarships. This is why I always stress the importance of getting in front of coaches long before the application stage.

Eligibility Requirements

If your athlete is a division I or II student, they will need to meet specific eligibility criteria. Division III athletes will need to meet academic standards that have been set by the school. When your athlete is in the 10th grade, it’s time to get those SAT or ACT tests going, and send the scores through to the NCAA eligibility centre. At the end of each grade, from the 9th grade onward, you want to send your athletes academic transcripts also.

If there are concerns about with SAT or ACT scores, athletes can re-sit them during 12th grade if necessary. In fact, students can re-sit the SAT or ACT as often as they like. Their best score will be count. Make sure you submit them to the eligibility centre as soon as possible. Your athlete will also need to upload their amateur status certificate to their NCAA eligibility centre account. At the end of 12th grade, your athlete should ask their high school counsellor to upload final academic transcripts and proof of graduation to their NCAA account.

Division II and III Vs Division III

An athlete who will be competing at a division I or II level, will need to be certified by the NCAA eligibility centre. When they are certified, they will open a certification account. Division III athletes create a profile page on the eligibility website. If things change, and they move to division I or II, they can change to a certification account. Division I and II students must register with the NCAA eligibility centre. Division III athletes can register directly with the college of choice, and need to meet the academic standards of that college. A division III athlete will not receive an athletics scholarship. However, they can apply for the thousands of others that are waiting for your athlete to pick up.

Academic Requirements – Division I

To be eligible to compete, train, and study as a division I athlete, you need achieve great academic standing. They must have graduated high school with a completed 16 NCAA-approved core courses. A division I athlete will need to achieve an SAT combined score, or ACT score to match the required GPA for those approved core courses. The NCAA recommends students complete four core courses per year from 9th-12th grade. When your athlete has graduated, they will be assessed for academic certification. To pass academic certification, your athlete will need their final grade transcript, along with all other grade transcripts. If your athlete completed different core courses at different schools, they need to provide those transcripts also. Students will also need to upload test scores, and they must be on the division I schools institutional request list. As mentioned earlier, your athlete will also need an amateurism certification.

To be eligible to compete as a division I student, they will need to achieve a minimum ACT score of 75, or a minimum SAT combined score of 980. Your athlete will need to achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for a division I school. If you would like to know how to keep your athlete on track to meet academic requirements, subscribe to PEAinternational so we can forward all the tips, tools and strategies that will help keep your athlete focused, and on track. You can subscribe today right here

Academic Requirements – Division II

If your athlete will be attending college as a division II athlete, they too will need to meet academic requirements before they’re accepted. As with division I, they will need to complete 16 core NCAA-approved courses. They will also need to achieve a minimum GPA, and submit test scores. These will qualify them for academic certification. The required minimum GPA for division II students is 2.0, and they must achieve a minimum score of 68 on the ACT, or 900 on the SAT combined score.

A study and sports schedule will help your athlete keep focused and stay on track. I recommend you sit down and start creating them today. Highlight every step when it’s complete. Let it serve as a visual reminder that your athlete is on track. It’s important if your athlete wants to compete as a division I or II student, to keep focused and stay on track. Team PEAinternational can help you create a study and sport schedule. I have some amazing templates and resources that will give you all thats needed to get started. Join my community of sporting parents and elite athletes to get your hands on them. You can become a member today at

International Students

An international student who wants to attend an NCAA division I or II school, still needs to meet academic requirements to be accepted. Your athlete will need to provide all academic transcripts from years 9-12. They will also need to provide proof of graduation, and if they are from a non-English speaking background, may need to complete an English competency exam. International students must complete the SAT or ACT, and the scores forwarded to the NCAA eligibility centre. The testing agency your athlete completes the exam under, will forward to the centre on your athletes behalf. It’s important if your athlete is an international student, that you check all the requirements for the country they will be studying. They all differ in some way, therefore, please double-check your athlete is submitting all the correct documentation. Missing anything will definitely slow the process down.

If you would like help in locating what documentation your athlete may need, jump on a call with me today. I offer a free 30-minute consultation call where we will discuss your best course of action, and the documentation you will need. You can schedule a call by following this link which will take you to my calendar

Wrapping Up

NCAA recruiting schools, have periods when they are not recruiting. I strongly advise that your athlete keeps track of recruiting periods. They can do this by accessing the recruiting calendars available on the NCAA website. If your athlete is planning on attending a division I or II school, they have to follow the NCAA recruiting guidelines. Its advisable that you start your athlete on a sport and study schedule, and help them stick to it. I have many resources that can help you do that. If you would like a copy of my study and sport schedule template, become a member of PEAinternational today. When your athlete is subscribed, you can access all our juicy resources, You will never miss a blog or post. Now, keep informed and up-to-date with everything PEAinternational. You can join today by following this link

Hopefully this blog gives insight to what the NCAA expects from an athlete wishing to attend a division I or II NCAA college. Please reach out to me if you have any questions, or would like a chat. I am here for you and your athlete. Remember, your athletes success is my #1 priority. Together, we will help them to achieve the college dream on a sports scholarship. Yours in sport, Brooke Hamilton.


I give parents the tools and strategies required to help their elite athletes achieve their dream of a college sports scholarship. I teach everything from maintaining balanced sports, sleep, and school lifestyle, build visually pleasing sports portfolios, college and scholarship choices, creating exposure through social media, and the application process from start to finish. All this, and more. Your athlete's success is my #1 priority.

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