NCAA Eligibility

** Updated 3/6/2018 **

Are you thinking about playing sports in college at a Division 1 or Division 2 school? If so, please read the following information very carefully. It is designed to walk you through the process step-by-step.  Division 3 athletics does not require NCAA registration.
In Grade 11
  1. Register with the Eligibility Center at
  2. Make sure you are on track to meet the core course requirements (NCAA Core Classes) for the Eligibility Center.
  3. At the end of junior year, send a copy of your transcript to the Eligibility Center. If you have attended any other high schools, make sure a copy of your transcript from each school you have attended is sent to the Eligibility Center.
  4. Request test scores from either the ACT or SAT be sent directly to the Eligibility Center (the NCAA code is 9999).
  5. Begin your amateurism questionnaire. Tips on how to fill out the questionnaire are listed below.
In Grade 12
  1. Complete the amateurism questionnaire and sign the final authorization signature online on or after April 1 if you are expecting to enroll in college in the fall semester.
  2. If you did not submit your ACT or SAT score to the Eligibility Center during your junior year, request that it is sent this year (the NCAA code is 9999).
  3. After you have completed your finals in June, send a final transcript with proof of graduation to the Eligibility Center.
The website requires you provide a valid email address that you check regularly.
  1. Once you have entered your email address, the Eligibility Center will send you a verification code so that you can create a personalized password.
  2. After you are officially logged into the website, you will be asked to create a profile.
  3. As you are creating your profile, please make sure that you (A) CAREFULLY read over all terms and conditions, and (B) ask your parent if he/she has time to read the terms and conditions section as his/her electronic signature is required by the eligibility center.
  4. The remainder of the questionnaire is divided into 3 parts:
    • Your Basic Information Section - Questions about where you live and when you will graduate.
    • Your High School Course Work Section - If you have repeated a class, you will need to explain why.
    • Your Sport of Interest Section - Questions about your involvement in a particular sport.
  5. There is a $60 registration fee which is required before your questionnaire can be processed.
1.  What requirements do I need to be able to practice, play and get a scholarship at an NCAA Division I or II college or university?
Answer:  You need to complete the following:
  • Graduate from high school;
  • Complete a minimum of 16 (for Division I) or (for Division II) core courses;
  • Present the required grade-point average (GPA) for Division I or a minimum 2.0 GPA for Division II;
  • Present a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT; and
  • Complete the amateurism questionnaire and request final amateurism certification.
2.  Are vocational courses acceptable?
Answer:  No. Traditional vocational courses (e.g., typing, auto mechanics, driver's education and health) are not acceptable.
3.  May college courses count as core courses?
Answer:  College courses may be used to satisfy core-curriculum requirements if the courses are accepted and awarded credit by the high school for any student and meet all other requirements for core courses. For NCAA Division I only, such courses must be placed on the student's high school transcript. Courses taken at a college will NOT appear on the high school's NCAA List of Approved Core Courses. The high school's NCAA List of Approved Core Courses will include only those courses taught/offered by the high school.
4.  How are courses taken over two years counted?
Answer:  A one-year course that is spread over a longer period of time is considered one course and will receive a maximum of one core-course credit. (Example: Algebra 1, spread over two years, would receive one unit of credit.)
5.  How is the NCAA core GPA different from a student's overall GPA?
Answer:  The NCAA core-course GPA is calculated using only NCAA-approved core courses in the required number of core units. High school GPAs generally include the grades from most or all courses attempted in grades nine through 12.
6.  What is the lowest grade that will be used for a course to count as a core course?
Answer:  Follow your high school's policy regarding its lowest passing grade. If the Eligibility Center does not have this policy, the lowest passing grade that will be used is D.  Although the NCAA will accept D grades for credit, keep in mind that you must also meet college admission requirements.
7.  May a nonstandard ACT/SAT exam be used for initial eligibility?
Answer:  Yes. Students with diagnosed education-impacted disabilities may take a nonstandard ACT or SAT exam. The test score must be provided to the Eligibility Center from the testing agency, just as any other test score.
For more information regarding number of required courses, see NCAA Core Classes.
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