Recruit Me Monday - Academic Requirements Division II

For the high school athlete looking to play at the collegiate level, the recruiting process can be one of the most exciting times of their life. It can also become one of the most confusing and difficult processes for parents and players if they are unaware and unprepared for everything the process entails. Over the next few weeks we will be sending an email out once a week with information covering the recruiting process and what to expect and prepare for. We will cover the following areas: Eligibility/Academics, Important dates for prospects and college coaches, D1 scholarships, Financial Aide outside of athletic scholarships, communications with college coaches, and college visits. 

Last week we touched on the academic requirements to be Division I eligible. Today we will take a look at the requirements for NCAA Division II schools.

In order to receive an athletics scholarship, practice and compete straight out of high school at an NCAA Division II school you must:

  • Graduate from high school
  • Compete 16 core courses
    • 3 years of English
    • 2 years of math (Algebra I or higher)
    • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your school).
    • 3 years of English, math or natural or physical science
    • 2 years of social science
    • 4 years of additional core courses (from any of the above categories or foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy)
  • Earn a 2.00 high school GPA or higher in your core courses
  • Earn an ACT Sum score of 68 (all 4 areas added together) or 820 SAT (critical reading + math)

As you can see, it is pretty cut and dry here. The main difference in the terms of the core classes is D1 requires 4 years of English and 3 years of math whereas D2 you have some wiggle room because they take those two years of course work and put them into “3 years of English, math or science” category. 

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