SUBJECT: Freshman Eligibility – Test Scores

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2a as follows:

For a student to be eligible for any NAIA recognized intercollegiate competition, a member institution must ensure that the student conforms to the following regulations.

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2. An entering freshman student must meet two of the three entry-level requirements below. Students not meeting at least two of the three standards shall be denied athletics participation at a member institution for the first full year of attendance (two semesters, three quarters, or the equivalent) that such a student is identified with any institution(s). The three entry-level requirements are as follows:

a.  A minimum score of 18 on the ACT for tests taken before March 2016 or the corresponding score 860 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math) as determined by published joint ACT/College Board concordance tables for tests taken beginning May 2019 (effective date: May 1, 2019);

EXCEPTION: For ACT tests taken beginning March 2016, a minimum score of 16 will satisfy this requirement. This exception will apply through the 2018-19 academic year, after which time the exception will expire.


Intent: To adopt at face value the new SAT score that corresponds to the long-standing ACT score of 18, as determined by the joint ACT/College Board concordance tables to be published in May 2018, for purposes of freshman eligibility beginning May 1, 2019.

Effective Date: May 1, 2019

Submitted by: Council of Presidents

Co-sponsored by: National Eligibility Committee


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