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What is the Purpose of the NCAA Eligibility Center?

Use the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete as a Resource.

The The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies both the academic and amateur credentials of all prospective student-athletes intending to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics. Prospective student-athletes should register with the Eligibility Center during their junior year of high school at The NCAA Eligibility Center. To be eligible to compete in Division I or II athletics, a prospective student-athlete must be certified by the The NCAA Eligibility Center. There are slightly different initial eligibility requirements between Division I and Division II, which are detailed in the NCAA's Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. It is important to note, meeting the NCAA academic requirements does not guarantee your admission into a college. You must still apply for admissions at your desired college. In Division III, each college or university establishes their own respective admissions standards and therefore Division III bound student-athletes are not certified by the The NCAA Eligibility Center.

The The NCAA Eligibility Center will ultimately certify that you have graduated from high school; have completed the appropriate core courses to meet initial eligibility requirements; earned a minimum required GPA in your core courses; earned a combined SAT or ACT score that aligns with your core GPA on the test score sliding scale (only Division I certification currently uses a sliding scale). To ensure the The NCAA Eligibility Center has the required information to certify your initial eligibility, you’ll want to have your test scores (SAT and/or ACT) sent to the The NCAA Eligibility Center directly from the testing agency and make sure your high school transcripts are sent directly from your high school to the The NCAA Eligibility Center after the completion of your junior year (and upon high school graduation). There is also an amateurism questionnaire that you will begin filling out during your initial registration and then completed on or after April 1 of your senior year in high school.

To better familiarize yourself with the The NCAA Eligibility Center, please download a copy of the NCAA's Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. The NCAA's Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is an excellent resource for all prospective student-athletes to utilize throughout the recruiting process. The NCAA's Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete covers the following areas:

  • The NCAA Eligibility Center & Registration
  • Academic-Eligibility Requirements
  • Core Courses, GPA, Test-Score Requirements, and Special Conditions
  • Amateurism-Eligibility Requirements
  • Recruiting Regulations & Key Recruiting Terms
  • Athletically Related Financial Aid
  • Information for Parents, Guardians, High School Counselors & Athletics Administrators

The NCAA's Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete will assist both you and your parents in staying on track with the NCAA Eligibility Center. The vast majority of prospective student-athletes will be certified and cleared to compete soon after they have submitted all the necessary documents and their college has requested final certification. The key is to follow the recommended guidelines in a timely and thorough manner. If you are planning to compete in Division I or II college athletics, remember to register with the NCAA Eligibility center during your junior year and ensure you follow all recommended tasks detailed in the NCAA's Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.

Ted Gleason
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