Academic & Eligibility FAQ's

Important Information for all Student-Athlete

NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER QUESTIONS

You must be certified by the Eligibility Center to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school. Before you can make official visits or sign a National Letter of Intent, you must have a completed Certification account (including submitted payment or fee waiver).

They need to know more about your academic history and sports experiences. They also need your standardized test scores, high school transcripts and your request for final amateurism certification.

Plan to register during your freshman year of high school. 

$90 Domestic/Canada | $150 International

For Certification accounts, please allow between 30 and 45 minutes to register completely. If you need to exit and come back at a
later time, you can save and return later to finish your account. Accounts that are not completed (registration fee paid or fee waiver
eligible) will be deleted after 30 days.

Students can request the testing agencies send their ACT/SAT scores directly to the Eligibility Center using code 9999. You can list the Eligibility Center as a score recipient at the time of test registration to avoid additional fees. Please note: Only official test scores sent from the testing agency (ACT/SAT) are acceptable. Test scores on your high school transcript cannot be used.

Here is the step-by-step process to have your test scores sent.

SAT Scores:

1. Log in to the SAT’s website at sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores.

2. The code is 9999 to select the NCAA Eligibility Center as a score recipient (either during exam registration or after exam registration).

3. After submitting the request, your official test scores will be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center and the test score and status report sections of your account will be updated.

4. Timeframe for the NCAA Eligibility Center to receive scores depends on the testing agency’s service standard.

5. If you need additional assistance, you can contact SAT College Board’s customer service at 866-756-7346.

ACT Scores:

1. Log in to the ACT’s website at actstudent.org/scores/send/.

2. The code is 9999 to select the NCAA Eligibility Center as a score recipient (either during exam registration or after exam registration).

3. After submitting the request, your official test scores will be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center and the test score and status report sections of your account will be updated.

4. Timeframe for the NCAA Eligibility Center to receive scores depends on the testing agency’s service standard.

5. If you need additional assistance, you can contact the ACT’s customer service at 319-337-1270.

This depends on how your transcript was sent. The fastest way for domestic students to submit their transcripts is by having your high school counselor use the direct upload feature on the High School Portal. By doing this, your transcript will show as being received same day, usually within 30 minutes. Please note the direct upload feature is not available for international students. Click here to learn how international students can submit their transcripts.

  • *If your transcript was sent by U.S. mail, it can take up to three weeks for your transcript to be added to your account, depending on the speed of the U.S. Postal Service.
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  • *If your transcript was sent through an overnight delivery service, it may take two to three business days from the date of receipt to show as received, due to the processing time required once it arrives at the NCAA Eligibility Center.
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  • *If your transcript was sent through an approved e-transcript provider, the transcript should show as being received on your account within three to four business days of receipt.
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  • *If your transcript was emailed, allow two to three days from the date of receipt for processing.

Prospective student-athletes enrolling for the first time at a Division I or II school must receive a final amateurism certification before being eligible to compete. This includes transfers from junior colleges, NAIA, international or Division III schools.

To receive an amateurism certification, prospective student-athletes should:

Division I academic requirements

College-bound student-athletes enrolling at an NCAA Division I school need to meet the following academic requirements to practice, compete and receive an athletics scholarship in their first year of full-time enrollment.

Click here for the NCAA Core Classes.

If a student plans to attend an NCAA Division I college or university in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic years, use the following charts to understand the core-course GPA he or she will need to meet NCAA Division I requirements.

A combined SAT score is calculated by adding critical reading and math subscores. An ACT sum score is calculated by adding English, math, reading and science subscores.

A student may take the SAT or ACT an unlimited number of times before he or she enrolls full time in college.

If a student takes either test more than once, the best subscores from each test are used for the academic certification process.

When a student registers for the SAT or ACT, he or she can use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to send their
scores directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency.

Test scores on transcripts CANNOT be used in
an academic certification.

Click here for the Sliding Scale

College-bound student-athletes may practice, compete and
receive an athletics scholarship during their first year of full-time
enrollment at an NCAA Division I school.

• Complete 16 core courses.
• Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before
the seventh semester (senior year) of high school.
• Seven of the 10 core courses must be in English, math
or natural/physical science.
• Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.300.
• Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching
the core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale (see
back page).
• Graduate high school.

College-bound student-athletes may receive an athletics
scholarship during their first year of full-time enrollment and may
practice during their first regular academic term, but may NOT
compete during their first year of enrollment.

• Complete 16 core courses.
• Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.000.
• Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching
the core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale (see
back page).
• Graduate high school.

College-bound student-athletes will not be able to practice,
compete or receive an athletics scholarship during their first year
of full-time enrollment at an NCAA Division I school.

This worksheet is provided to assist you in monitoring your progress in meeting NCAA initial-eligibility standards. The NCAA Eligibility Center will determine your academic status after you graduate. Remember to check your high school’s list of NCAA-approved courses for the classes you have taken.

Click here to view and print the NCAA Worksheet.