It is important that student athletes and their parents start learning and understanding the upcoming NCAA change. Though the effect of the changes won’t be realized until August 2016, for many of you, the steps you need to take to meet the new requirements begin now. 

The best resource for any NCAA requirements or changes is the organization’s website— However, the August 2016 changes are summarized below for your convenience. 

New requirements

  1. Complete 16 core courses.
  2. 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 English, math or science.
  3. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.3. Grades earned in the 10 required courses required before the senior year are “locked in for purpose of GPA calculation. A repeat of one of the “locked in” courses will not be used to improve the GPA if taken after the seventh semester begins.
  4. Meet the competition sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score (this is a new scale with increased GPA/test score requirements).
  5. Graduate.
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How UNHS can help

As an accredited high school with NCAA-approved core and Advanced Placement® courses, the University of Nebraska High School can help students fill academic gaps, be successful and stay on schedule when it comes to NCAA requirements. 

If you fall behind in your local school, use our courses outside of your scheduled day to catch up to your school’s schedule. For example, a student who has failed geometry I in the fall semester could take it in the spring semester with UNHS and complete geometry II through UNHS during the summer, making him or her ready for the next level of math during the originally scheduled semester at his or her local school.

UNHS’ self-paced courses also provide students with the opportunity to work at their own pace, which can help them be more successful in terms of their grades and their understanding of the content.

Meeting the NCAA Division I or II admissions requirements does not promise college admission. It is a qualifier for athletic participation during the freshman year. As a student-athlete, get organized, stay on track an dearn your best possible grades.