College Advising

Athletic Recruitment

NCAA Division I Eligibility

The NCAA has specific course credit requirements in order for a student to participate in collegiate athletics. Therefore, if you aspire to play Division I athletics, you should be mindful of the NCAA course requirements below. Since these course requirements must be satisfied in the first four years of high school, Division I-minded students who have repeated a year of high school should be extra vigilant and review the information below. The College Office and dean of academic life will look through your transcripts, but please review your credits and courses before contacting us so that our discussions can be more focused and efficient. Most questions about eligibility are answered in the Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete.

Note: the following requirements do not apply to Division III athletics.


In order to be eligible to compete in Division I College Athletics, a student must have over a 2.0 GPA in sixteen core courses and have the minimum SAT or ACT scores for that GPA (see the NCAA Eligibility Center website for the NCAA GPA/Testing Sliding Scale). Note that the initial-eligibility standards for NCAA Division I college-bound athletes are changing. Student-athletes entering a Division I college or university after August 1, 2016, must have over a 2.3 GPA (see New NCAA Division I Initial-Eligibility Standards). The sixteen core courses, however, will remain the same:
4 years of English
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
1 year of additional English, math or science
2 years of social studies
4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or from foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy)

Note: students who will begin college in the fall of 2016 or later must satisfy 10 of the 16 core courses by the end of their 3rd year in high school.

Students arriving at Hotchkiss after ninth grade should consult with their coaches and the Academic and College Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

College Advising Office

Office phone:

(860) 435-3180

Office fax:

(860) 435-3157

Serena Oh Castellano
Director of College Advising

Wayne Berger
Associate Director

Katherine Boyd
Associate Director

Daniel Creasy
Associate Director

Annie Hall
Senior Associate Director

Langston Ross
Associate Director of College Advising

Josh Smith
Senior Associate Director

Diana Jones
Administrative Assistant to College Advising