What do the terms NCAA Qualifier and NCAA Non-Qualifier mean?
An NCAA Qualifier is a high-school athlete who has satisfied the NCAA academic requirements to be eligible as a Freshman.
If the NCAA Freshman eligibility requirements are not met, the high-school athlete is classified as anNCAA Non-Qualifier. Reasons for this frequently include:
- The high-school athlete didn’t take the NCAA required core courses.
- Low GPA, SAT or ACT test scores.
A high-school athlete who is classified as an NCAA Non-Qualifier:
- Cannot receive an athletic scholarship during their freshman year unless the requirements for “Academic Redshirt” are met.
- Will NOT be eligible to compete with the team during their freshman year.
- Will not be eligible to practice with the team or attend weight training with their team.
High-school athletes who go to a JUCO their freshman year as an NCAA Non-Qualifier:
- Will NOT be eligible to transfer to a Division I program after just one year.
- Will have more extensive academic requirements at the JUCO to be immediately eligible upon transfer to a Division I program (more required junior college courses).
If you’re unsure as to whether your high-school athlete is on track to meet the NCAA Freshman Eligibility Requirements, we can discuss your situation in a confidential consultation. Click here to schedule a confidential consultation or call our office at 913-766-1235.
We also offer NCAA Freshman Transcript Evaluations to assess if your student-athlete is on track and if not, we can provide an action plan of what they will need to do to achieve NCAA Qualifier Status.