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High School & NCAA Eligibility

Letter to the Editor 
The Fairfax County Times
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"Scaling the GPA Wall"
Thank you very much for your supportive article in the "Our View" section of 
last week's paper.  Our daughter is an alpine ski racer and a member of the 
Whitetail Ski Team.  She races in Pennsylvania and hopes to ski in college.  
So, as you might imagine, we are looking at schools up north. I have 
spent hours on the phone with admissions counselors, assistant directors, etc.  
With so many different grading scales each college has a different formula 
for their initial screening. 

However, every schools says the same thing.  If your county has a 90-92
 as a B+, then it is a B+.  The GPA is the final number.  How this 
affects admissions, I am not certain because of the many different ways 
colleges work.  Logic tells us, with all things being equal, except that her 
competition is from a 10-point school district, she may be at a
 disadvantage. This may affect students at all levels, not just the 
ones with the higher GPA. 

At this point, the school she is favoring does award merit 
scholarships.  The amount of this scholarship varies and can be 
thousands of dollars.  The students considered/awarded this scholarship 
are the students with a 4.0 GPA or higher.  We have just received our 
daughter's report card.  At this point, her cumulative GPA is 3.99.  
Her final grades for this year (with the exception of AP World History 
at 91) are a 94 or higher.  People must understand that there is a 
"NO EXCEPTIONS" rule to the 4.0 requirement for entering the merit 
scholarship pool.  That rule may also pertain to scholarprograms and 
honor programs. 

According to my research, this grading scale also affects NCAA 
qualifications, but that is another story.  It does hurt the "gifted athlete" 
who may not be the "gifted student." 

It's obvious that the teachers and administration that support the 
current grading scale have the best interests of the students in mind.  
I would simply ask them to consider the possibility that in the current 
environment this scale is working against the students instead of for them.

Tom and Mary Spitz
Sterling

For complete information about Grading Policy NCAA Eligibility requirements go to:  www.ncaa.org

Frequently Asked Questions on Initial NCAA Eligibility

How is the NCAA core grade-point average different from a student's overall grade point average?

The NCAA core-course grade-point average is calculated using only NCAA-approved core courses in the required core units. High school grade-point averages generally include the grades from most or all courses attempted in grades nine through 12.

Can weighted grades for honors or advanced placement courses be factored into the calculation of the student's core grade-point average?

A school's normal practice of weighting honors or advanced courses may be used as long as the weighting is used for computing grade-point averages. Weighting cannot be used if the high school weights grades for the purpose of determining class rank. Additionally, in no instance may the student receive greater than 1.000 additional quality points for purposes of calculating the grade-point average for initial eligibility.

NCAA Freshman-Elibility Standards Quick Reference Sheet


Grade Point Average


Only core courses are used in the calculation of the grade-point average. 

 

Division I grade-point-average requirements are listed 
on this sliding scale. 

 

The Division II grade-point-average requirement 
is a minimum of 2.000. 

 

NCAA Division I/SLIDING SCALE
CORE GRADE POINT AVERAGE/ 
TEST-SCORE 
New Core GPA / Test Score Index 
Core GPA  SAT  ACT 
 Verbal and Math ONLY 

3.550>  400  37 
3.525  410  38 
3.500  420  39 
3.475  430  40 
3.450  440  41 
3.425  450  41 
3.400  460  42 
3.375  470  42 
3.350  480  43 
3.325  490  44 
3.300  500  44 
3.275  510  45 
3.250  520  46 
3.225  530  46 
3.200  540  47 
3.175  550  47 
3.150  560  48 
3.125  570  49 
3.100  580  49 
3.075  590  50 
3.050  600  50 
3.025  610  51 
3.000  620  52 
2.975  630  52 
2.950  640  53 
2.925  650  53 
2.900  660  54  
2.875  670  55 
2.850  680  56 
2.825 690  56 
2.800  700  57 
2.775  710  58 
2.750  720  59 
2.725  730  59 
2.700  730  60 
2.675  740-750  61 
2.650  760  62 
2.625  770  63 
2.600  780  64 
2.575  790  65 
2.550  800  66 
2.525  810  67 
2.500  820  68 
2.475  830  69 
2.450  840-850  70 
2.425  860  70 
2.400  860  71 
2.375  870  72 
2.350  880   73 
2.325  890  74 
2.300  900  75 
2.275  910  76 
2.250  920  77 
2.225  930  78 
2.200  940  79 
2.175  950  80 
2.150  960  80 
2.125  960  81 
2.100  970  82 
2.075  980  83 
2.050  990  84 
2.025  1000  85 
2.000  1010  86 

 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION 
Division II has no sliding scale.  The minimum core grade-point average is 2.000.  The minimum SAT score is 820 (verbal and math sections only) and the minimum ACT sum score is 68. 

For more information regarding the rules, please go to www.ncaa.org.  Click on “Academics and Athletes” then “Eligibility and Recruiting.”  Or visit the Eligibility Center Web site at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. 

 

Please call the NCAA Eligibility Center if you have questions: Toll-free number:  877/262-1492.