How NCAA Calculates Your Core GPA?

  • 22 Oct, 2015

1. How Is The NCAA Core GPA Calculated?

The NCAA Eligibility Center calculates the grade-point average of a student’s core courses on a 4.000 scale.
  • A=4
  • B=3
  • C=2
  • D=1

To determine points earned for each course, multiply the numeric grade value (4, 3, 2 or 1) by the amount of credit earned.

  • One year is awarded 1.0 unit, a semester is awarded .5 unit of credit and a trimester is awarded .34 unit of credit.
  • The NCAA Eligibility Center does not use plus or minus grades when calculating core-course GPA. For example, a grade of B+, B and B- will all be worth 3 quality points each.
  • If your high school uses a numeric scale, the high school needs to provide a conversion to a letter grade and communicate that to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

2. Examples Of Total Quality Point Calculation:

  • An A grade (4 points) for a trimester course (0.34 units): 4 points x 0.34 units = 1.36 total quality points.
  • An A grade (4 points) for a semester course (0.50 units): 4 points x 0.50 units = 2.00 total quality points.
  • An A grade (4 points) for a full-year course (1.00 units): 4 points x 1.00 units = 4.00 quality points.

3. Calculate The Overall Grade-Point Average:

To calculate the estimated core-course grade-point average, divide the total number of points for all core courses by the total number of core-course units completed. For example: 42 quality points / 14 core course units = 3.00 GPA.

Note: The best grades from a student’s NCAA courses will be used to satisfy the core-course requierments.

4. Starting In 2016

Incoming student-athletes must present a grade-point average that predicts academic success at the collegiate level.

  • Beginning August 1, 2016, you must earn at least a 2.300 GPA in NCAA core courses to be eligible to compete in your first year of college.
  • To get a scholarship and practice, you must earn at least a 2.000 GPA in NCAA core courses.
  • Only courses that appear on your high school’s list of NCAA courses will be used to calculate your GPA for NCAA eligibility purposes. For a complete list of your school’s courses, visit
  • Once ten core courses are “locked in” prior to the start of your seventh semester, you can’t take those classes over again to improve your GPA. Division I uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core GPAs. For more details go to:

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