It isn’t too early to acquaint yourself with the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). If you are planning to enroll in college as a freshman and wish to participate in Division I or Division II athletics, you must be certified by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center. The Eligibility Center ensures consistent application of NCAA initial-eligibility requirements for all prospective student athletes to all member institutions.
Your Responsibility as a Prospective Student-Athlete:
It is your responsibility to make sure the Eligibility Center has the documents it needs to certify you.
These documents are:
- completed and signed Student Release Form and registration form
- completed transcript mailed directly from every high school you have attended
- ACT and/or SAT scores
- Foreign Student Application (if applicable)
To be certified by the Eligibility Center, you must:
Graduate from High School
You should apply for certification if you are sure you wish to participate in athletics as a freshman in the college to which you will be admitted. The Eligibility Center will issue a preliminary certification report when you have had all your materials submitted. After you graduate, if your eligibility information is requested by a member institution, the Eligibility Center will review your final transcript to make a final certification decision according to NCAA standards. Have a GPA of at least 2.3
Earn a Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale of at least 2.3 in a core curriculum of at least 16 (or 14 for Division II) academic courses which were successfully completed during grades 9 through 12. Only courses that satisfy the NCAA definition of a core course can be used to calculate your NCAA GPA. No special values are allowed for “+” or “-“ grades.
The standards maintain 16 core courses passed, but 10 of those 16 courses must be completed by the START of the student-athlete’s senior year of high school. Additionally, the new sliding scale for the SAT/ACT will soon be approved with higher test scores required.
For more information about the National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility requirements, visit www.ncaa.org or contact your high school counselor.