Class Rank 1-1

Bylaw: Article V, Section C, Item 2c

“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:


C. Rank in the upper half of the student’s high school class, as it appears on the final high school transcript after the student’s date of graduation. The class rank must appear on the student’s transcript, leaving certificate or other academic document. If the student’s class rank does not appear on the above-mentioned documents, a letter from the student’s principal or headmaster, assistant or vice principal, guidance counselor or registrar, written on the school’s letterhead and with the school’s official seal, stating that the student meets the class rank requirement can be accepted.”


If an instance occurs where a student is the only student in the senior class at their respective high school, the National Eligibility Center will not accept a class rank of 1 out of 1. The NEC has determined that inherent in a class rank is the ability to rank students aginst one another. If a cohort is not available to rank the student, the student will not be able to use class rank as one of the options for initial eligibility.

Related Bylaws

Article V, Section C, Item 1

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NEC Interp – Creation date: October 2015