The NCAA is an association of member colleges that makes certain rules governing eligibility, recruiting, and financial aid.
The rules are intended to provide a better environment for student recruitment and appropriate standards to govern the manner in which institutions compete with one another both on and off the playing field.
Included in NCAA eligibility standards are GPA requirements and the completion of a "core course" curriculum as defined by the NCAA. The definition of a "core course" may not match other definitions of "college preparatory."
High school students are responsible for following the rules and meeting the eligibility standards. Failure to do so may affect eligibility for intercollegiate athletics. Students concerned about NCAA eligibility should see their school's college/career counselor for a list of "core courses" and general information about eligibility.
Core Units Required for NCAA Certification
TOTAL CORE CREDITS REQUIRED: Division I = 16; Division II = 14
Beginning August 1, 2013, students planning to attend a NCAA Division II college will be required to complete 16 core courses.