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College Athletic Associations

The NCAA Organization

NCAA Organization:


Division I - 348 schools

  • Scholarships, largest budgets, 20 hour/week time commitment minium

Division II - 303 Schools

  • Scholarships, smaller budgets, similar time commitment as DI schools

Division III - 450 Schools

  • No athletic scholarships, small budgets, smaller time commitiment

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all college bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics.


Division I Academic "Qualifier"

  • Complete 16 core courses.
  • Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the start of the seventh semester (senior year) of high school.
  • Seven of the 10 core courses must be English, Math, or Natural or Physical Science.
  • Grades earned in the 10 courses required before the seventh semester are "locked in" for purposes of GPA calculation.
    • A repeat of any of the "locked in" courses will not be used in improve the GPA if the repeat occurs after the seventh semester begins.
  • Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.300. More info at 2-point-3
  • Meet the sliding scale of GPA and ACT/SAT score. More info at NCAA Student athlete test scores
  • Graduate from high school

Division I Core Course Requirements

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Math (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of Natural/Physical science (1 year lab)
  • 1 year of additional English, Math, or Science
  • 2 years of Social Science
  • 4 years of additional courses (any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)

National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA)



NAIA Facts

  • 65,000 student-athletes
  • 25 different men's and women's National Championships
  • More than 250 colleges and universities and 21 conferences
  • $500 million in athletic scholarships
  • Smaller schools, often religious-based

NAIA Eligibility Center:


NAIA Eligibility Requirements: (Meet 2 out of 3 of the following)

  • Test Score - Minimum ACT 18 or SAT 860
  • High School GPA - Minimum 2.0 out of 4.0
  • Class Rank - Top 50% of class

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

NJCAA - 2 year schools:

  • 481 schools
  • Offer athletic sholarships

California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA)

CCCAA - 2 year schools: 

  • 107 schools
  • No athletic scholarships

Academic Eligibility Requirements

NCAA Student Athlete Guide

Tesoro School Code

This is the Tesoro School Code that you will use for college admissions as well as SAT and ACT registration