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Boise State University Prospective Student-Athletes

Boise State University Prospective Student-Athletes

It is an exciting time as you consider all of the factors involved in your important decision regarding which college you will attend in the future.  There are many factors to consider and we wish you the best in reaching your decision.  We hope this website is a helpful resource as you go through the recruitment and initial eligibility processes.

Step-by-Step to Initial Eligibility

To be eligible for NCAA athletics, prospective student athletes are required to meet NCAA Initial Eligibility requirements.  These eligibility requirements include two prongs: an academic prong and an amateurism prong.  What follows is the step-by-step process that should be followed to ensure eligibility.

High School Freshman & Sophomores

  • MAKE A PLAN.  To be eligible to participate in NCAA athletics a high school student-athlete is required to graduate from his or her high school within 8 academic semesters and must complete a specified number of minimum core courses.  To ensure you are able to graduate within the 8 academic semesters, while also completing the required core courses, we suggest you take the following steps during your Freshman and/or Sophomore year(s):
    • Familiarize yourself with specific NCAA eligibility requirements.  The NCAA requires prospective student-athletes to complete a specific number of specified core courses.  These courses are shown in the chart below.  To see which courses the NCAA has approved as core courses for your school please visit the website linked as “Core Course Lists” to the left.
    • Get to know your high school guidance counselor.  Tell him or her you hope to eventually compete in NCAA athletics and ask him or her to help you formulate an academic plan that will ensure you are able to meet minimum academic eligibility standards.
    • Study hard.  The NCAA requires you to obtain a minimum grade point average in your core courses.  In order to determine the minimum grade point average you are required to obtain, the NCAA uses a sliding scale that weighs your grade point average against your SAT or ACT score.  In other words, the lower your grade point average is the higher your SAT or ACT score will need to be.  The sliding scale the NCAA uses is listed in the chart under High School Juniors.

NCAA Core Course Requirements

Core Course Required Semesters Required Trimesters Required Quarters
English 8 Semesters (4 Academic Years) 12 Trimesters (4 Academic Years) 16 Quarters (4 Academic Years)
Math 6 Semesters (3 Academic Years 9 Trimesters (3 Academic Years) 12 Quarters (3 Academic Years)
Physical/Natural Science 4 Semesters (2 Academic Years) 6 Trimesters (2 Academic Years) 8 Quarters (2 Academic Years)
Additional English, Math, or Physical/Natural Science 2 Semesters (1 Academic Year) 3 Trimesters (1 Academic Year) 4 Quarters (1 Academic Year)
Social Science 4 Semesters (2 Academic Years) 6 Trimesters (2 Academic Years) 8 Quarters (2 Academic Years)
Additional Courses Including Those Above 8 Semesters (4 Academic years) 12 Trimesters (4 Academic Years) 16 Quarters (4 Academic Years)

High School Juniors

  • At the beginning of your junior year register within the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center.  A link to the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center is provided to your left.
  • Meet with your high school guidance counselor and make sure the plan you put together as a freshman or sophomore is working and you are on pace to meet minimum eligibility requirements.  Ask your guidance counselor to send an official transcript to the Eligibility Center at the completion of your junior year. 
  • Continue to study and get the best grades you can possibly achieve.
  • Register and take the SAT or ACT.  A link to both the SAT and ACT websites are provided to your left.
  • The score you receive on your SAT or ACT will be used to determine the minimum grade point average you are required to obtain in your core courses.  The lower your test score is the higher your grade point average will need to be.


Core GPA SAT  Math & Verbal Only ACT Cumulative
3.550 & Above 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
  • Before registering for your senior year courses check with your high school guidance counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate.  Additionally, check with your high school guidance counselor and the NCAA Eligibility Center to see which core courses you still need to complete during your senior year.

High School Seniors

  • Check to make sure all of the courses you believe are approved by the NCAA as core courses are actually approved.
  • Continue striving to get the best possible grades.
  • If necessary continue to retake the SAT or ACT in order to achieve a qualifying score.  You may take the SAT or ACT as many times as it is offered and the NCAA will use the higher of the scores you receive.
  • Review your Amateurism Questionnaire responses at the NCAA Eligibility Center and request final amateurism certification beginning April 1 (for Fall enrollees) or October 1 (for Spring enrollees).

After Completing Senior Year of High School

  • Ask your guidance counselor to send a final official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center with proof of your graduation.
  • If you fell behind in your core courses, or if you need to raise your grade point average, enroll in approved summer school sessions.

Arrangements for Prospective Student-Athletes

NCAA bylaws allow certain arrangements to be made for prospective student-athletes, however, these arrangements are limited.  Generally, an arrangement made for a prospective student-athlete is not a violation of NCAA bylaws as long as the arrangement is available to all students at Boise State University.  Some common permissible arrangements are listed below. 

Loans to Prospective Student-Athletes–Arranging educational loans by an institution for a prospective student-athlete is permitted as long as the loans are not made prior to completion of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year of high school and the loans are from a regular lending agency and based on a regular repayment schedule.

Summer Housing for Prospective Student-Athletes–Boise State University may rent dormitory space to a prospective student-athlete during the summer months at the regular institutional rate.  Additionally, off-campus summer housing may be arranged for a prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent and is enrolled in the institution’s summer term prior to full-time enrollment or is receiving athletically related financial aid to attend the institutions summer term prior to his or her initial full-time enrollment.

Academic Support Services & Use of Training-Room Facilities–A prospective student-athlete who is enrolled in Boise State University’s summer term prior to his or her initial, full-time enrollment, may be provided academic support services and may use training-room facilities.

Ask Before You Act!