NCAA Eligibility Center 101
What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?
The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies that college-bound athletes who wish to compete in Division I or II athletic programs have met necessary academic credentials and are of amateur status. NCAA colleges and universities set these regulations to ensure all student-athletes meet NCAA standards, including required core courses.
Do I really need to sign up with the eligibility center?
- You cannot attend official visits if you have not registered or qualified with the NCAA Eligibility center
- You cannot compete in division I or II if you have not been registered and qualified with the NCAA Eligibility center
When and how do I register with the eligibility center?
To qualify for NCAA eligibility and view core course requirements, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by completing the Student Release Form and amateurism questionnaire during your junior year.
*** Special notes
Fall 2012 enrolled athletes need to sign final amateur certification on or after April 1, 2012.
Starting August 1, 2013, NCAA Division II student-athletes will be required to take 16 core courses—this applies to any student first entering a college of university on or after August 1. Please note that the 16 core course for DI and DII slightly differ.
The SAT and ACT have changed their writing tests; SAT writing section is mandatory and the ACT writing section is optional.
Official test scores are no longer accepted from high school transcript. Instead, test scores are to be sent directly from the testing agency (use code “9999” to request ACT or SAT test scores).