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Academic Eligibility

Initial Eligibility

“I am a high school student.  What should I do to make sure I will be academically eligible to be an NCAA Division II student-athlete?”

The NCAA Eligibility Center is an organization that clears all athletes (both domestic and international) for initial eligibility at the Division II level.  You should complete the following steps as soon as possible:

  1. Go to and register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. You can begin this process as a junior in high school.
  2. Upon completion of your junior year in high school, send an official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
    • NCAA Eligibility Center
      1802 Alonzo Watford Senior Dr
      Indianapolis, IN 46202
  3. When you take the ACT or SAT, request that your scores be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center (as well as BYU-Hawaii). If you didn’t request the scores when you took the test, you may go to the testing center’s web site to have the scores electronically sent over. The Eligibility Center will NOT accept test scores as they appear on your high school transcript.


Division II 

16 Core Course Requirement

3 years of English. 

2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). 

2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). 

3 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. 

2 years of social science. 

4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).


Division II requires a minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.

  • The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.
  • The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.
  • When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency.
  • Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used. 

Qualifier: Students who meet these academic standards will be certified as a qualifier. A qualifier is eligible to practice, compete, and receive an athletics scholarship as a freshman. A qualifier has five years to complete four seasons of eligibility, with the exception of a mission or military service.

Partial Qualifier: A partial qualifier is a student who does not meet the requirements for a qualifier but who, at the time of graduation from high school, presents either the requisite test score or core course with minimum GPA. A partial qualifier is eligible to practice and receive aid, but may not compete during his/her first year of college.

Non-Qualifier: A nonqualifier is a student who has not graduated from high school or who, at the time of certification (prior to initial college enrollment), has not obtained the core-curriculum grade-point average and SAT/ACT score required for a qualifier. Nonqualifiers are not permitted to compete, receive aid, or practice during the first year of full-time college enrollment.

Once accepted as a student-athlete into BYU-Hawaii, the student-athlete must meet academic eligibility standards each year to remain eligible.

Continuing Eligibility

“I am currently a student-athlete at a Division II institution.  What do I need to do to remain academic eligible?”

To maintain your eligibility:

  1. Pass at least 6 countable credits each semester
  2. Complete 24 credits prior to second year of enrollment
  3. Earn at least 18 countable credits during each academic year (excluding summer)
  4. Declare a major no later than the beginning of your fifth semester or third year of enrollment
  5. Complete 40%, 60%, and 80% of your degree requirements before the beginning of your third, fourth and fifth years of enrollment, respectively
  6. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at all times. 
  7. Maintain good academic standing with the University. 

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