If your student wishes to compete in an NCAA sport in college, all of the LUOA Enhanced Courses, and Dual Enrollment courses have been approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse for Division I athletic program participation. Liberty University Online Academy is currently in the course approval process with the NCAA Clearinghouse for our regular K-12 high school courses, so please check back to this page for updated information as we progress through the NCAA application process!
What is NCAA Eligibility?
NCAA eligibility means that you are certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school.
What does my student need to do to be eligible?
College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.
Incoming student-athletes in Divisions I and II are subject to academic initial-eligibility standards, which take into account standardized test scores, number of core courses taken in high school and the grades earned in those core courses. In addition to NCAA requirements, they also must also meet the unique acceptance requirements of the university they plan to attend (those requirements may exceed NCAA standards).
Division I student-athletes are also subject to progress-toward-degree rules that require them to advance toward graduation each year.
Division III institutions hold student-athletes to the same overall standards for the institution in which the student-athlete is enrolling (NCAA.org).
Are you ready to play college sports? Download this brochure to find out (NCAA.org).
What are the academic requirements?
According to the NCAA's website, to get a scholarship, practice and compete in their first year, incoming freshmen must meet a series of academic requirements, including:
To get a scholarship and practice in the first year, incoming freshmen must:
What are the benefits of taking NCAA approved courses with LUOA?
Our program offers student athletes the opportunity to acess their courses wherever they are, and interact online with their teachers with our 100% online curriculum. This makes it easy to balance growing as both a student, and an athlete without having to sacrifice one for the other.
With our Enhanced Courses, students have higher levels of teacher interaction, a lower student-to-teacher ratio, and opportunities to interact with fellow classmates through discussion boards and live teacher led sessions providing the maximum support for the student throughout the year.
Students will receive more accountability through our Enhanced Courses. Students are given a participation grade based on attendance at live teacher sessions, and participation in discussion boards. Semester and final exams will be proctored by an adult. Also, once a semester, teachers will hold conference wth the parents or legal guardian of the student.
With the Enhanced Courses, due dates are enforced because students need to stay on track and be able to participate in teacher lead tutorials and live teaching sessions. Students are also notified when they are falling behind in classes (when they are falling two or more weeks behind). While there still is flexibility like our traditional K-12 classes, students are expected to complete semester classes within 5 months, and full-year classes within 10 months.
Where can I find out all the information I'll need to register, send transcripts, and more?
All important information can be found on the NCAA's website, which you can locate here. Many of the questions you have, other parents & students have as well! Access the FAQs section of the NCAA's website to find out about transcripts, how-to guides, and more here.
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