NCAA Eligibility

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How to Determine Your NCAA Eligibility



The NCAA Eligibility Center is the arm of the NCAA responsible for determining the academic eligibility and amateurism status for all DI and DII student-athletes. In addition, it also sets the recruiting rules via the NCAA Recruiting Calendars. Previously, this part of the NCAA was called the NCAA Clearinghouse, but now, the NCAA Clearinghouse and NCAA Eligibility Center are the same process.

The most important thing to understand as a prospective student-athlete is that the NCAA is there to determine your eligibility, not to provide guidance on how to get or maintain your college eligibility. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to understand the academic and amateurism requirements and make sure they are on track to meet those requirements with the help of their high school guidance counselor and school administrators.

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NCAA Certification Account or Profile page: What type of NCAA account is right for you?

If you are actively being recruited at the NCAA DI or DII level, or you are very confident you will be competing at that level out of high school, you should register with the NCAA and create a Certification Account. If you aren’t sure of your division level, you should create an NCAA Profile page so you can easily transition to a Certification Account if needed.

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What is the purpose of the NCAA Eligibility Center?

For prospective college student-athletes, the NCAA Eligibility Center is the part of the NCAA that will ensure you meet the minimum academic requirements and are considered an amateur athlete. It does this by reviewing your high school transcripts (official copies only), SAT/ACT test scores and reviewing the answers to your amateurism questionnaire. In rare situations, the NCAA will require additional information surrounding your high school classes or athletic competition, but most athletes pass through the NCAA Eligibility Center without incident.

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How do I register for the NCAA Eligibility Center/Clearinghouse?

The NCAA has a very user-friendly website at the NCAA Eligibility Center. Give yourself at least 15-30 minutes to complete the initial registration. Before your register with the NCAA, make sure you have a valid email address you will have access to after high school. If you are creating a Certification Account, you will need a method of payment for the account.

Insider Tip: After creating your account, you will need to have official copies of your high school transcripts (from all schools you attended) and copies of your SAT and/or ACT scores sent to the NCAA.

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How do you get an NCAA number?

Go to the NCAA Eligibility Center website and create either a Certification Account or Profile page and complete the initial registration process. Allow at least 15-20 minutes to complete the initial registration.

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NCAA Eligibility requirements

  •  Academic Requirements – Complete 16 core courses, have a minimum GPA of 2.3 in those core courses, and meet the minimums of the sliding scale in your combination of core course GPA and SAT/ACT test scores.
  •  Amateurism Requirements – Athletes cannot obtain amateurism status if they have received compensation that exceeds actual and necessary expenses. Athletes also cannot accept payment for media appearances based on their athletic ability, endorsing commercial products or accept prize money beyond actual/necessary expenses. Learn more about amateurism requirements.

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How long does the NCAA Eligibility Center take?

You are not officially done with the NCAA Eligibility Center process until you are done with high school and officially declared eligible at your DI or DII institution. There are three phases to the NCAA Eligibility Center process you will need to check in to make sure you are on track:

  1. Creating a Certification Account – This should happen your freshman or sophomore year of high school.
  2. Having up-to-date transcripts after your junior year – The NCAA will be “locking in” your core course GPA for your first 12 courses after your junior year.
  3. Sending in final transcripts and requesting final amateurism certification – After you have completed high school, you will send your final transcripts and request your final certification.

Insider Tip: If you are enrolling early (common for elite level DI athletes playing in the fall) or have a unique situation coming out of junior college, your process could be slightly different than the one detailed above. In both of these scenarios, the college recruiting you will likely be in touch and providing assistance. The most important thing is that you have a Certification Account, it is up to date and all of your most recent academic records on are file with the NCAA.

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How do I contact the NCAA Eligibility Center?

For students and parents with eligibility questions:
  • 877-262-1492 (toll free)
  • 317-917-6222
Transcript/Document Mailing Address
  • NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Certification Processing
  • P.O. Box 7136
  • Indianapolis, IN 46207
Overnight/Express Mailing Address
  • NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Certification Processing
  • 1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Drive
  • Indianapolis, IN 46202
Customer Service Hours
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time
  • Monday through Friday
  • Fax number: 317-968-5100
  • Toll-free phone number (U.S. callers and Canada except Quebec): 877-262-1492
International Students
  • Phone number (international callers): 317-917-6222

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