Student Athletes

  • Students wishing to continue on with athletics in college are encouraged to begin their research early! The process of athletic eligibility and college admission is very detailed and will have a profound effect on the transition from high school to college. 



    NCAA votes to give spring sports seniors an extra year — River Region Sports   


    NCAA 2022-2023 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete  

    Webinar Recordings Now Available: NCAA Initial-Eligibility Webinars

    This past December, the Eligibility Center hosted a series of webinars. Staff discussed requirements that high school administrators, coaches, and student-athletes must know regarding NCAA initial eligibility. 

    Webinar for College-Bound Student-Athletes & Families

    NCAA Eligibility Center

    NCAA Registration Checklist

    NCAA Division I

    NCAA Division II

    NCAA Division III

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    NAIA Athletic Eligibility Center Website

    Students can receive an eligibility decision as early as the completion of their junior year. They also have the opportunity to receive an early decision after completion of their 7th semester (senior mid-year).

    Incoming college freshmen student-athletes can become eligible by meeting one of the following requirements (GPA is on a 4.0 scale): 

    • Junior-Year Complete: 3.3 GPA or 3.0 GPA with a qualifying test score
    • Senior Mid-Year: 2.8 GPA or 2.5 GPA with a qualifying test score
    • Senior Final Year: 2.3 GPA or 2.0 GPA with a qualifying test score or rank in the top 50% of their graduating class

    More information on college freshmen student-athlete eligibility requirements can be found here.


    May 2022 Update: New Freshman GPA requirements:

    Incoming freshmen can now become NAIA eligible without a test score or class rank provided they meet the following minimum GPA (on a 4.0 scale):

    • 2.3 GPA for recent graduates
    • 2.8 GPA for students who have completed their 7th semester
    • 3.3 GPA for students who have completed their junior year

    Students who do not meet the 2.3 minimum GPA upon graduation may still gain eligibility by meeting two of the following three criteria:

    • 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Rank in top 50% of graduating class
    • Qualifying test score:
    • ACT: 18
    • SAT: 970 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math)



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    National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Website