Academic Requirements for a College Football Scholarship

Being a great football player is only part of the equation for receiving an athletic football scholarship from either a Division 1 or Division 2 institution.

As you begin to make your class schedule for next school year or if you are considering taking summer school classes, keep the information below in mind. We encourage you to have a conversation with your counselor to make sure he or she understands your desires to play college football.


Core Courses (see chart below)

  • NCAA Division 1 requires 16 Core Courses to be eligible
  • NCAA Division 2 requires 16 Core Courses to be eligible

NOTE: The number of core courses for both divisions is the same, however, the course configurations are different.

Division 1 Requirements – 16 Core Courses

  • 2 Years of Social Science
  • 2 Years of Natural / Physical Science – (1 year of Lab if offered by high school)
  • 3 Years of Math (Algebra 1 or higher)
  • 4 Years of English

Plus 1 Additional English / Math / or Science course

Plus 4 Years of additional courses in:

  • English, Math, Science, Social Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Comparative Religion / Philosophy

Division 1 – core GPA requirement are based on a sliding scale – NCAA Eligibility Quick Reference

Division 2 Requirements – 16 Core Courses

  • 3 Years of English
  • 2 Years of Math (Algebra 1 or higher)
  • 2 Years of Natural / Physical Science – (1 year of Lab if offered by high school)
  • 2 Years of Social Science

Plus 3 Additional English / Math / or Science

Plus 4 Years of additional Courses in:

  • English, Math, Science, Social Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Comparative Religion / Philosophy

Division 2 – core GPA requirement is a minimum of 2.0

Be sure to look at your high school's llst of NCAA courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website (www.eligibilitycenter.org)

Only courses that appear on your school's list of NCAA Courses will be used in the calculation of the core grade-point average.

NCAA GPA is calculated using NCAA core courses only.