Thinking about playing a sport at a higher level while in college?
Check out the 2018-2019 Guidebook for the College Bound Student Athlete This guide has been designed to help you understand the NCAA initial eligibility process and to prepare you for transitioning from high school to becoming an NCAA Division I or II student-athlete.
NCAA Eligibility Center The Official Web site of the NCAA Eligibility Center. Explore NCAA Divisions I and II initial-eligibility requirements and register to participate in the NCAA Divisions I and II.
FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES
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* Work hard to get the best grades possible.
* Take classes that match your high school's list of NCAA courses. The Eligibility Center will use only approved core courses to certify your initial eligibility.
* You can access and print your high school's list of NCAA courses at The Eligibility Center.
* If you fall behind, use summer school sessions before graduation to catch up.
* At the beginning of your junior year, complete your registration at The Eligibility Center.
* Register to take the ACT. SAT or both and use The Eligibility Center code "9999" as a score recipient. Doing this sends your score directly to the Eligibility Center.
* Double-check to make sure the courses you have taken match your school's list of NCAA courses.
* Ask your high school counselor to send an official transcript to The Eligibility Center after completing your junior year. If you have attended more than one high school, The Eligibility Center will need official transcripts from all high schools attended. (The Eligibility Center does NOT accept faxed transcripts or test scores).
* Before registering for classes for your senior year, check with your high school counselor to determine the amount of core courses that you need to complete your senior year.
* Take the SAT and/or ACT again, if necessary. The Eligibility Center will use the best scores from each section of the ACT or SAT to determine your best cumulative score.
* Continue to take college-prep courses.
* Check the courses you have taken to match your school's list of NCAA courses.
* Review your amateurism responses and request final amateurism certification on or after April 1
* Continue to work hard to get the best grades possible.
* Graduate on time (in eight academic semesters).
* After graduation, ask your high school counselor to send your final transcript to The Eligibility Center with proof of graduation.