NCAA

In order to play NCAA sports at a Division I or II school, students must register by creating an account with the NCAA Eligibility Center through their website at www.eligibilitycenter.org.

If you are considering playing a sport at an NCAA school, inform your counselor! They will help you with registration and make sure you are eligible by enrolling in the correct courses.

WHEN SHOULD A STUDENT REGISTER WITH THE NCAA?

Students should register at the beginning of their sophomore year in high school. By doing so, the NCAA can make sure you are meeting the initial-eligibility standards and are on track to graduate throughout your high school career. Students must also talk with their school counselor to make sure they are taking the correct core classes to ensure they will be eligible to play their freshman year in college.

This checklist provides all the information students will need prior to registering.

Information on how to register with the NCAA can be found here.

NCAA DIVISION I ELIGIBILITY

Students must earn a 2.3 GPA on their core courses. Division I uses a sliding scale to match SAT scores and core-course GPA's to determine a student's eligibility. The sliding scale balances your test score with your GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher GPA to be eligible. If you have a low GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.

The Division I academic requirements, including the sliding scale, can be found here.

This link provides a FAQ search for potential Division I student-athletes.

NCAA DIVISION II ELIGIBILITY

Students must earn a 2.2 GPA on their core courses. Division II uses a sliding scale to match SAT scores and core-course GPA's to determine a student's eligibility. The sliding scale balances your test score with your GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher GPA to be eligible. If you have a low GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.

The Division II academic requirements, including the sliding scale, can be found here.

NCAA DIVISION III ELIGIBILITY

Students interested in playing at a Division III school can register with the NCAA (website: www.eligibilitycenter.org) by selecting "Create a Profile Page." However, admissions standards and eligibility are determined by each individual Division III institution for their prospective student-athletes.

NCAA & THE SAT

When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center Code of 9999 in order for your scores to be sent directly to the Eligibility Center from the testing agency. The NCAA will not accept test scores from your transcript.

NCAA & YOUR HIGH SCHOOL TIMELINE

GRADE 9

Plan

  • Start planning now! Take the right courses and earn the best grades you can.
  • Talk with your counselor to make sure you are enrolling into NCAA-eligible core classes.

GRADE 10

Register

  • Register for a Certification Account (to be Division I or II eligible) or Profile Page (to be Division III eligible) with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org.
  • If you fall behind on courses, do not take shortcuts to catch up. Ask your counselor for help with finding approved courses you can take.

GRADE 11

Study

  • Check with your counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate on time.
  • Take the SAT or ACT, and make sure the NCAA receives your scores by using code 9999.
  • At the end of the year, request for your official transcript to be uploaded through your NCAA account.

GRADE 12

Graduate

  • Take the SAT or ACT again, if necessary, and make sure the NCAA gets your scores by using code 9999.
  • Request your final amateurism certification after April 1st through your NCAA account.
  • After you graduate, request for your official transcript with proof of graduation to be uploaded through your NCAA account.