The NCAA Eligibility
Center determines the academic and amateurism certification of
college-bound student-athletes for Division I & II schools.
Who should I talk to
about NCAA Eligibility?
- You will still see your regular academic advisor for general
guidance counseling, but Justin Estes is the contact person for any
assistance or questions regarding NCAA at Bryan High. You can email
him at email@example.com or call him at 209-2506.
What is the NCAA
- The NCAA Eligibility Center determines whether or not students
can be certified to participate in athletics at Division I & II
schools. You must register with them before playing collegiate
When should I start
worrying about the Eligibility Center?
- Meet with your academic advisor during your freshman year to
plan your academic career, and you can register with the Eligibility
Center starting your sophomore year. See the checklists
below for more detailed timelines.
Where can I find more
information about NCAA Eligibility?
- Log on to www.eligibilitycenter.org to register and check your status with
the Eligibility Center or download the “Guide for the College-Bound
- Log on to www.NCAA.org, click on “Academics,” and select “Student-Athlete
Academic Eligibility” for more information.
Different colleges have
different admission and eligibility requirements, so begin making
post-secondary plans early in order to achieve and protect your eligibility
NCAA Division I
- Graduate from high school.
- Earn the minimum required GPA in 16 core courses.*
- Earn a combined ACT or SAT sum score that matches the core
course GPA from the NCAA sliding scale.
For NCAA Division II
- Graduate from high school.
- Earn at least a 2.0 GPA in 16 core courses.
- Earn at least an ACT sum score of 68 or an SAT combined score of
*Beginning August 1, 2016, NCAA Division I will require that 10 of these core courses be completed by the end of the junior year of high school. Additionally, students enrolling in college on or after August 1, 2016, will need at least a 2.3 GPA to be eligible for competition.
You must also meet
amateurism requirements for both divisions that certify you as an amateur
student-athlete rather than a professional athlete. Update your athletics
participation information with the Eligibility Center often, and log on to the
NCAA Eligibility Center website for a list of activities that could potentially
affect your amateurism status.
(For NCAA Division III
schools, eligibility is determined by each individual institution.)
- Work hard in your classes and begin planning your academic
career using your school’s list of NCAA Approved Core Courses (See www.eligibilitycenter.org, and follow the “Resources” link.).
- During your sophomore year, register with the Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org.
- Sign and return the appropriate release forms to Mr. Estes.
- Enter the Eligibility Center code “9999” when taking the ACT or
SAT so that your scores are sent to NCAA.
- If you have free/reduced lunch status, ask for a fee waiver for
the ACT or SAT in the Go Center, and let Mr. Estes know which test/s you
received a waiver for so that your Eligibility Center registration fee can
be waived as well.
- Ensure that the courses you are taking are listed on your
school’s list of NCAA Approved Core Courses.
- Upon completing the school year, request that your academic
advisor send an official transcript to the Eligibility Center.
- Before registering for your senior classes, meet with your
academic advisor to determine which required core courses you have
- Sign and return the appropriate release forms to Mr. Estes if
you haven't already done so.
- Continue taking core courses from the NCAA Approved Core Courses
list, and repeat the ACT or SAT as necessary in order to obtain the best
- Review and update your responses to the amateurism questionnaire,
and request final certification (April 1 for fall enrollees or October 1
for spring enrollees).
- Continue working hard in your classes so that you can graduate
within eight semesters, and request that your academic advisor send a
final transcript with proof of graduation to the Eligibility Center.