December 21st, 2015 by Mike Getman
To be admitted to UAB a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.25 and an ACT score of 20. To be eligible to play Division I sports, an athlete must have roughly the same scores. The NCAA has a sliding scale so the higher your GPA the lower your ACT or SAT score can be. To be eligible to play NCAA Division I Soccer a student with a 2.3 GPA must have at least a 900 on the SAT. A student with a 3.0 GPA is eligible with a 620 SAT score.
It is important to remember that a student-athlete must meet both standards. You must be admitted to the University and meet NCAA Standards. Each school will have its own admissions guidelines and you can usually find these posted on their website. The NCAA Standards can be found at www.NCAA.org.
Every few years the NCAA will raise its academic standards. Make sure you know the standards that are expected of you to ensure your eligibility.
Division II and Division III have different standards from NCAA Division I. You need to understand the rules for all the schools and Divisions you might be interested in.
No matter what your current GPA and test scores, there is a college that meets your level. With over a thousand college soccer programs in the country, there is a place for everyone. The harder you work in school, the more options you will have.