If you are considering playing a sport in college, you will need to register with NCAA--- the National Collegiate Athletic Association; or the NAIA-- the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. These associations "verify" your eligibility to play college sports.  Almost all Division I, II and III colleges are members of NCAA;  many smaller or private colleges are memebers of NAIA.  Depending on which college you plan to attend, you will need to create an account with either NCAA or NAIA, and enter your personal and academic information.   NOT SURE about which organization your chosen college belongs to?  Go to the college's athletic page and it will be listed there; or go to the NCAA or NAIA websites and search for their lists of participating colleges.  
    For the latest information from NCAA, Visit:  http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/eligibility-center

    Students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school this fall must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

    • Complete 16 core courses:
      • Four years of English
      • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
      • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
      • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
      • Two years of social science
      • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
    • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the start of the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they must have more than 10 core courses completed to be able to repeat or replace any of the 10 courses used in the preliminary academic certification.
    • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
    • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they will need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they will need a higher test score to be eligible.  
    For more resources regarding these changes, visit NCAA.org/student-athletes/play-division-i-sports or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide.


    To date, over 15,000 high schools have used the transcript upload feature for more than 325,000 transcripts. We encourage you to continue using this upload feature for all preliminary and final transcripts for your students, as it significantly reduces processing time for student accounts. As a reminder, only transcripts in a PDF file format may be uploaded through the High School Portal. Any other document types will not be reviewed and could potentially hold up a student's evaluation. Also, when students register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, the student must accept the Terms and Conditions, which provides broad permission for all schools to share official high school transcripts and academic records with the NCAA Eligibility Center.


    In order for a student's academic certification to be processed, the student must have ACT or SAT scores submitted to the NCAA Eligibility Center directly from the testing agency. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how they can request to have their test scores sent.

    Test scores on a high school transcript will not be used. Students may take the ACT or the SAT an unlimited number of times prior to full-time collegiate enrollment, and the best score will be used in the final academic certification. Test scores are matched to the student's NCAA Eligibility Center account by name, date of birth and address.

    Note: If a student takes the current SAT before March 2016 and then takes the redesigned SAT, which will be offered beginning March 2016, the NCAA Eligibility Center will not combine section scores from the current and redesigned SAT when determining a student's initial eligibility. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only combine section scores from the same version of the test. Because the redesigned SAT varies in design and measures different academic concepts than the current SAT, a numerical score on the current test may not be equivalent to the same numerical score on the redesigned test.

     To create your NCAA account and learn about college athletics, go to:   
    To see an eligibility guide for the student athlete, visit:  http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA15.pdf?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3-3-15+HS+Newsletter+-+Special+Edition&utm_term=
    To receive NCAA publications, go to:   http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/EB15.pdf?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3-3-15+HS+Newsletter+-+Special+Edition&utm_term=
    To create your NAIA account, go to:  http://www.naia.org/ 
    For tips on signing a National Letter of Intent, see the post below:





    The early signing period for the National Letter of Intent (NLI) has recently concluded.  The National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a college-bound student-athlete and an NLI college/university.  A college-bound student-athlete who signs an NLI agrees to attend the college/university full time for one academic year (two semester or three quarters) and the college/university agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters). 

    This time of year is a reminder that there is now a recruiting ban for those students who recently signed an NLI.  Other colleges/universities must respect the college-bound student-athlete's NLI by ceasing all recruitment.  The recruiting ban remains in effect until the college-bound student-athlete enrolls at the signing college/university.  Once enrolled, the student-athlete is governed by NCAA recruiting regulations.  If the college-bound student-athlete does not enroll at the signing college/university, the recruiting ban will be lifted after the college/university's academic year has elapsed (e.g., college-bound student-athlete signs during 2013-14, recruiting ban applies through the end of the 2014-15 academic year.  For more information regarding the NLI program, you can visit www.national-letter.org.

    You can also talk with your high school coach or counselor for more information.
Last Modified on December 13, 2016