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Athletic eligibility requirements

Northwestern College is a member of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which establishes standards for athletic eligibility. Any student intending to participate in intercollegiate sport should visit the NAIA website and read the information contained in the Guide for the College Bound Athlete.

In order for an entering freshman to be eligible to represent Northwestern College and participate in intercollegiate sport, he or she must meet the following regulations found in the NAIA Handbook (Article V, Section C). Please note: Meeting minimum freshman NAIA eligibility standards does not ensure admission to Northwestern College, nor does admission to Northwestern College ensure that one meets the NAIA standards.

  1. An entering freshman student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or be accepted as a regular student in good standing as defined by the enrolling institution.
     
  2. An entering freshman student must meet two of the following three entry-level requirements:
    1. A minimum score of 18 on the Enhanced ACT or 860 on the SAT (for tests taken on or after April 1, 1995);

      NOTE: In order to meet the above requirement, an entering freshman must achieve a score of 18 or higher on the Enhanced ACT, or a score of 860 or higher, achieved on the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT. The test score must be achieved at a single test sitting administered by a certified tester on a national or international testing date to apply to this requirement. The ACT/SAT must be taken prior to the beginning of the term in which the student initially participates.
       
    2. An overall high school grade point average of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale;
       
    3. Graduation in the upper half of the student’s high school graduating class.

Students not meeting at least two of the above three entry-level requirements shall be denied athletics participation at a member institution for the first full year of attendance (2 semesters, 3 quarters, or equivalent) that such a student is identified with any institution(s).

Eligibility for a student-athlete's first season is determined by the NAIA eligilibity center through the website www.playnaia.com. All first time athletes at Northwestern will have to register with PlayNAIA to have their eligibility determined.

GED and home-schooled students

GED students: The GED will be recognized by the NAIA as satisfying the grade point average equivalent. The student who completes the GED must achieve a score of 18 on the Enhanced ACT or 860 on the SAT to meet the freshman requirements (Article V, Section C, Item c, Note 1).

Home-schooled students: Home-schooled students must receive the certificate (or equivalent) granted by the appropriate state verifying successful completion of home schooling requirements and achieve the minimum ACT/SAT score to meet the NAIA’s freshman requirements for athletic eligibility (Article V, Section C, Item c, Note 1). For those students from states that do not issue the required certificate, completion of the GED will be recognized by the NAIA as satisfying the grade point average equivalent.

Eligibility for a student-athlete's first season is determined by the NAIA eligilibity center through the website www.playnaia.com. All first time athletes at Northwestern will have to register with PlayNAIA to have their eligibility determined.

International students

An incoming freshman who is an international student shall first be reviewed under the same conditions required of all freshman students. That student must meet the two-of-three criteria listed above. In the rare event that during such evaluation it is found the high school GPA and class ranking cannot be determined, the following notation may apply (Article V, Section C, Item c, Note 2):

If a student has graduated from a high school outside of the United States or one of the U.S. territories and the high school transcript is such that the grade point average cannot be determined and the class ranking is not available, this student can be ruled eligible by meeting the specific institution’s admission criteria for international students and by meeting the following NAIA criteria:

  1. A score of 18 on the Enhanced ACT or 860 on the SAT.
     
  2. Fulfillment of the entering freshman requirements as defined for students from each country in the most current Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility published by the NCAA (based on AACRAO guidelines).

Eligibility for a student-athlete's first season is determined by the NAIA eligilibity center through the website www.playnaia.com. All first time athletes at Northwestern will have to register with PlayNAIA to have their eligibility determined.