NCAA Eligibility (Student-Athletes)

  • Are you interested in being a student-athlete in college?

    It is important to understand the requirements for participating in athletics at one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association member colleges/universities.



    What is the NCAA?

    -The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes.

    -The NCAA's three divisions were created in 1973 to align like-minded campuses in the areas of philosophy, competition, and opportunity.

    -The three Divisions are: Division I, Division II, and Division III.

    -College-bound students who want to compete at a Division I or Division II school must meet standards set by the NCAA.  For Division III, athletes must meet admission standards set by the school.



    NCAA Eligibility: 

    College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met academic & amateurism standards. Eligibility standards and registration information can be found here.


    Core Courses:

    Students and parents should refer to the NCAA list of approved Core Courses for Smyrna High School when selecting high school courses.  Only courses approved by the NCAA will be included in a student's core GPA. Information about Core Courses and a list of Smyrna High School's approved courses can be found on the NCAA Eligibility Center Core Course page.



    Additional NCAA Resources:

    2021-2022 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

    Division I Eligibility Reference Sheet

    Division II Eligibility Reference Sheet

    Creating an NCAA Account: Website Registration Checklist

    NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response FAQs For Students Initially Enrolling in College in 2022-2023




    Smyrna High School provides a FREE resource called CoreCourseGPA to help students track their academic progress towards NCAA eligibility. Information about this web-based tool as well as the code to create a free account is provided below in the files section (CoreCourseGPA MOU). *This resource is not associated with the NCAA.

    CoreCourseGPA has provided 16 one-minute informational webinars related to the NCAA, recruiting, and more. See the flyer attachment on the right side of this page for links to the webinars.


    Please see Mrs. Wagner in the School Counseling Office for any questions regarding NCAA Eligibility.

NCAA Eligibility (Student-Athletes) File Library