Has COVID-19 Changed NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements?

The global pandemic has altered nearly every aspect of our lives, and NCAA initial eligibility requirements are no different. In response to the pandemic, and the disruption it has caused for seniors during their last semester of high school, the NCAA is making changes and relaxing some of their requirements.

Adjustments made by the NCAA will benefit student athletes graduating from high school this year who do not currently meet the standard NCAA initial eligibility requirements. Below are a few updates on what’s changing (and what’s staying the same) with the NCAA.

1. Students have the option to take more summer courses.

Students are still required to maintain a 2.3 minimum NCAA core GPA. Prior to COVID-19, the NCAA allowed seniors to take only one semester course over the summer after they graduated from high school to raise their GPA to become eligible before the next academic year.

Now, students have the option to take up to six semester courses over the summer to raise their GPA to meet initial eligibility requirements before they enter college this fall.

2. Elimination of NCAA SAT/ACT test scores requirements.  

Due to the cancellation of testing dates for the SAT and ACT this spring, the NCAA is temporarily eliminating the standardized test score requirement for initial eligibility.

If seniors earned SAT/ACT scores below the NCAA minimum requirement, or if they did not take the test all, they don’t need to worry about it this year. Instead, they can focus on meeting the NCAA core GPA and credit requirements.

3. The NCAA core course requirements will remain.  

NCAA schools require college-bound student-athletes to build a strong foundation with high school courses to prepare them for the academic expectations in college. This has not changed in light of the pandemic.

Not every high school class counts toward an NCAA core course. Only English, math (Algebra I or higher), natural or physical science, social science, world language, comparative religion or philosophy may be approved as NCAA core courses.

For more details about these changes, you can visit the NCAA website: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/divisions-i-and-ii-members-adjust-initial-eligibility-requirements

How ALVS can help

We have a resident expert who conducts NCAA transcript evaluations if you are interested in determining whether or not your student is on track to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. As a trusted online course provider of the NCAA, we offer a full catalog of NCAA approved courses for students taking individual courses or attending our full-time school. Learn more at: https://www.apexlearningvs.com/ncaa-approved.

By |2020-06-05T16:46:56-07:00June 5th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

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Joseph O’Leary has served as Guidance Coordinator for Apex Learning Virtual School for the past 8 years and is now the Head of Academic Advising. He has 17 years of experience in education, three as a teacher, and 15 as a school counselor. In 2006 he earned an M.Ed in School Counseling from The University of Massachusetts. During his time at ALVS, he has helped support successful educational experiences and outcomes for virtual students utilizing our program. Joseph has established strong ties with the NCAA, College Board, and District High School Administrators throughout the country. Joe’s focus is to ensure student achievement in the virtual setting that AL