NCAA Eligibility

Parents, we hope the information below helps inform you of the most important aspects of NCAA Eligibility for your student-athlete. One important note to remember is that the requirements for Division I (Arkansas, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, etc) are different than those for Division II (UAM, SAU, OBU, Arkansas Tech, etc.).

For a very helpful timeline by grade, please view the Initial Eligibility Brochure (page 2) available in the Quick Links table to the right.

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NCAA Approved Courses

Believe it or not, not all high school classes count towards NCAA Eligibility. There are MANY classes that count towards graduation at Hamburg High School that do NOT count towards NCAA Eligibility.

Only classes in math (Algebra I or higher), English, natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, or philosophy typically count towards the NCAA minimum of 16 core credits.

Agri, computer, music, and career oriented classes usually do NOT count as NCAA Approved Courses. Remedial classes and classes completed through credit-by-exam are also NOT considered NCAA core courses.

To view a list of NCAA Approved courses for Hamburg High School, please visit Enter 040995 in the box for CEEB/ACT code and click Search.

Core GPA

Core GPA and ACT/SAT test scores are the two most important factors affecting NCAA Eligibility. As a general guideline, student-athletes are required to maintain a 2.3 Core GPA to be eligible for NCAA competition as an incoming freshman.

Only the NCAA Approved Courses mentioned above count towards your Core GPA. The GPA listed on your Hamburg High School report card and transcript is NOT the same as your Core GPA used by the NCAA.

In an attempt to alleviate the confusion between the two, our football staff sends home NCAA Eligibility Worksheets each semester with our 10th-12th grade student-athletes. These worksheets include a list of NCAA Approved Courses broken down by subject area as well as an overall Core GPA. We send home one worksheet for Division I and another worksheet for Division II.

Note: We are currently working on a Player Portal that will allow players and/or parents to access these NCAA Eligibility Worksheets online with the player's school email account.


ACT/SAT test scores and Core GPA are the two most important factors affecting NCAA Eligibility. Sliding scales are used to combine an ACT/SAT test score with a Core GPA to determine a student-athlete's initial eligibility. Division I has a different sliding scale than Division II.

The best advice we can give student-athletes and parents about the ACT/SAT is to take the tests as many times as possible.

Many universities use what is called a Super Score. A Super Score combines a student-athlete's highest score for each subject regardless of which test date it was achieved. For student-athletes that take the tests four or more times, this Super Score can often be five or more total points higher than the student-athlete's highest total score for a single test date.

Once again, the best advice we can give is to take the tests as many times as possible.

Note: For student-athletes that receive free or reduced lunch, the NCAA offers up to two free test waivers. For more information about test waivers, click here.

2018-2019 ACT Test Dates