There are several American collegiate athletic associations and each one of them governs certain number of athletic programs. Every athletic association has two or three divisions under which all schools are divided in conferences. Regardless of what level you plan to play on, one of the most important things is to have a clear athletic history, meaning that you never competed on pro/semi-pro level, and never received financial compensation for any athletic event you took part in. Our services are intended exclusively for student-athletes who never participated on pro level. In order to verify this, certain athletic associations such as NCAA or NAIA require each student-athlete to register to play. The purpose of the registration is to make sure that student-athlete meets all athletic and academic requirements.
Most collegiate institutions in the United States require international students whose native language is not Englsih to take TOEFL test (Test Of English as Foreign Language). In order to enroll in any school, students must achieve a score of 61 on TOEFL ibt test, while some schools may require an even higher score. This is not applicable only to small percentage of community colleges (junior colleges). Other academic requirements are regulated by the educational institution itself and the athletic association that school belongs to.
In order to compete in a NCAA division I or division II each student must take one of the standardized college placements tests (SAT or ACT). Depending on the high school GPA and division, certain test score will be required, and the score is measured on NCAA sliding scale. For a student to get status “academic-qualifier” and to be eligible for competition in NCAA division I school, each student-athlete must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.3 and a minimum 2.0 GPA to be able to practice and receive athletic aid.
Here you can see original NCAA Class of 2016 information:
*Note: This is effective from August 1, 2016 and is not applicable to students who enrolled before this date.
NCAA divison II schools require each student-athlete to have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.0, and score of 820 on SAT or 68 on ACT. Keep in mind that only Math and Critical Reading sections count toward SAT, while ACT score can be calculated by adding Math, English, Reading, and Science sections. Starting on August 1, 2018 NCAA division II schools will also use a sliding scale that will balance out SAT/ACT scores and the cumulative high school GPA.
* Note: High school GPA scale in the United States is 0-4 (A=4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0).
* Note: When you register for the SAT/ACT test, enter code “9999” to have all SAT/ACT scores reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
* NCAA Eligibility Center: http://eligibilitycenter.org
To be eligible for practice and competition on NAIA level, each student-athlete must register for NAIA eligibility center and meet two out of three criteria:
- 1. Obtain minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 on 4.0 scale.
- 2. Graduate in top 50% of your high school graduation class.
* Note: The proof of graduation must be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center directly by the school, not by the student or parent.
- 3. One of the following scores:
- SAT 940 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) or 860 if test was taken before March 2016 (Critical Reading + Math).
- ACT 18
* Note: Students who scored between 860 and 930 on SAT taken on/after March 2016 will be granted one-year exception to compete during 2016-2017 year. Students who took SAT before March 2016 will be require score of 860 to compete.
* Note: Students whose score is 16-17 on ACT will be granted one-year exception to compete during 2016-2017 year.
In order to compete in one of the three divisions in NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) student-athlete must fulfill the following criteria:
- 1. Have a high school degree.
- 2. Each student-athlete must meet all enrollment criteria of the school he/she intends to enroll in, such as a having a certain high school GPA and a corresponding TOEFL score (minimum 61 for most schools).
- 3. Student must take at least 12 college hours each semester and maintain a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.0.