• Student / Athlete (NCAA)

    If you want to compete in NCAA sports, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Plan to register before starting your freshman year of high school (or year nine of secondary school) to ensure you meet amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.

    Additionally, take the time to review the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. This Guide answers important questions for four groups of people involved in the NCAA initial-eligibility process:

    • High school students who hope to compete in college sports at an NCAA school.
    • Parents, guardians and family members of high school students.
    • High school counselors and athletics administrators.
    • High school and non-scholastic coaches. 

Important Note

  • Colleges will only consider certain courses to determine eligibility credits and GPA. It is important that you are aware of the stay on track during your time in high school to meet the eligibility requirements. Make sure to visit the NCAA High School Portal for Newberry High School to see the list of approved courses. The NHS Guidance Office can maintain a worksheet for either Division I or Division II to assist you in monitoring your progress in meeting NCAA initial eligibility standards. This is a key component to getting and staying eligible throughout your high school years.

    You can request that an NCAA worksheet be completed with your high school course information by speaking with your NHS Guidance Counselor or sending an email directly to Ms. Eberly at eberlycl (@gm.sbac.edu).

Division I

Division II

  • Of the more than 1,100 NCAA member universities and colleges, about 300 classify their athletics programs in Division II. Currently, more than 122,000 student-athletes benefit from participating in Division II athletics. Student-athletes generally constitute a high percentage of the student body at Division II schools. Among the most distinguishing features in Division II is its athletics scholarship model, which awards partial scholarships that students combine with academic or need-based grants to construct their financial aid package. The following resources will help guide you through the process:

    Make sure to speak with your Coach and NHS Guidance Counselor as soon as possible to confirm you are on the right path for eligibility to play at the next level.

Division III

  • Division III is home to more than 440 institutions and 195,000 student-athletes (the most in any division) who can earn the opportunity to compete in 28 national championships.  While Division III does not permit athletics scholarships, roughly 80% of Division III student-athletes receive some form of academic grants or need-based scholarships. The following resources will help guide you through the process: 

    Make sure to speak with your Coach and NHS Guidance Counselor as soon as possible to confirm you are on the right path for eligibility to play at the next level.

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Initial Eligibility Webinar (12.14.22)