Student Athletes: NCAA Removes the SAT / ACT Requirement

January 24, 2023


The journey to securing athletic scholarships has evolved, with changes in the importance of SAT/ACT scores and academic grades. In this blog, we will provide an overview of these changes, highlighting the significance of academic performance, and sharing helpful tips for student athletes seeking scholarships.

SAT/ACT for Student Athletes: A Shift in Importance

  • As of January 2023, standardized test scores are no longer required for student athletes enrolling full time on or after August 1, 2023, in NCAA Division I and II schools.
  • This change was based on recommendations from the Standardized Test Score Task Force, as part of the NCAA’s plan to advance racial equality.
  • Students should still check with their prospective NCAA school regarding test score requirements for admission or scholarships.

Academic Grades: Maintaining High Standards

  • Despite the removal of standardized test score requirements, academic grades remain crucial for Division I and Division II student athletes.
  • To be eligible for NCAA sports, student athletes must:
    • Maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA (DI) or 2.2 GPA (DII) in 16 NCAA-approved core-course units.
    • Provide proof of high school graduation.

Maximizing Your Scholarship Opportunities: Tips for Student Athletes

  1. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to stay on track with initial-eligibility standards.
  2. Consult your high school counselor to ensure you are taking the right courses and meeting NCAA-approved core course requirements.
  3. Maintain strong academic performance, as your GPA plays a significant role in your eligibility.
  4. Check with your prospective NCAA school for any additional admission or scholarship requirements, such as standardized test scores.


The importance of SAT/ACT scores has diminished for NCAA Sports Scholarships, but academic grades remain a critical component. By focusing on academic performance and staying informed about eligibility requirements, students can maximize their chances of securing sports scholarships at their dream schools. Stay ahead of the curve and enroll in our SAT/ACT Comprehensive Course to get admitted to your dream college.


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