The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the initial academic eligibility and amateur status of all college-bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics. The eligibility process requires college bound student athletes to complete 16 core NCAA approved high school credits in specific course areas in combination with a minimum GPA and SAT/ACT score that is based on a sliding scale.

  • A list of approved NCAA core courses at Rutland High School is available on the eligibility center website along with detailed information about what the core credits must consist of, GPA requirements, and information about the sliding scale for SAT/ACT scores. is the best resource for information related to the eligibility process for students who wish to participate in a Division I or Division II NCAA sport at the college level.  The “Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete” can be found at the eligibility center website, then click on “Resources,” then click on “US Students”.  Please review this document.


How Should the Eligibility Process Work?

Grades 9 and 10:

  • Student takes academic college-preparatory courses, preferably in each of the following areas: English, math, science, social studies, and world language.  The student should compare course selection against the list of NCAA-approved core courses for Rutland High School.  Students need to let their counselor know they are interested in playing sports at a Division I or Division II level.
  • The NCAA is now recommending that students register with the Eligibility Center during their sophomore year. Students register through the Eligibility Center website.


Grade 11:

  • Student continues to take courses on the NCAA-approved core course list for Rutland High School.
  • Student registers for the SAT and/or ACT. Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Use code 9999 at the time of registration to send your scores for free to the Eligibility Center or you will have to pay to submit them after the test date.
  • At the end of the student’s sixth semester they should submit the NCAA transcript release form (found on the eligibility center website) to their guidance counselor and the guidance counselor will send the student’s transcript to the Eligibility Center. Release forms must be signed by the student and the student’s parent if the student is under 18.


Grade 12: 

  • Student continues to take courses on the NCAA-approved core course list for Rutland High School.
  • Student registers for additional SAT and/or ACT tests if necessary, sends scores to Eligibility Center.
  • On or after April 1 of the senior year, the student goes back into their Eligibility Center account to update their academic and amateurism information and request final amateurism certification.
  • After graduation, the guidance counselor sends the student’s final transcript to the Eligibility Center.