ACC and its member institutions encourage initial eligibility education

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jul 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-23 16:42:00-04

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – The Atlantic Coast Conference and its member institutions are aiming to bring awareness to the new NCAA academic requirements for college-bound student-athletes. In conjunction with the league’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, the ACC is promoting an educational video outlining the new Division I Initial-Eligibility Standards.

College-bound student-athletes entering an NCAA Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2016, will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice or compete during their first year.

To become a Full Qualifier (eligible for scholarship, practice and competition) for NCAA Division I, college-bound student-athletes must:

  • Complete 16 Core Courses (English, Math, Social Sciences and Natural & Physical Science)
    • Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester (senior year) of high school.
    • Seven of the 10 core courses must be in English, Math or Science.
    • Earn a minimum core-course GPA of 2.300.
    • Meet the NCAA Division-I sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score.
    • Graduate from high school.

In hopes of connecting with college-bound high school students, the ACC and the league’s SAAC members have assembled an informational video featuring current and former student-athletes speaking on the new requirements for prospective student-athletes.

The video can be viewed at:

All college-bound student-athletes with aspirations to compete on the Division-I level are encouraged to regularly meet with their high school guidance counselor to ensure these requirements are being fulfilled. 

*The ACC