|If you want to play a sport at any NCAA Division I or II university as a freshman you must register and be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly the Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse). All high school student-athletes should be aware of and understand the NCAA Eligibility Center.
WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CENTER?
The Eligibility Center sets NCAA minimum eligibility standards for incoming freshmen student-athletes and determines whether or not you have met those standards. To play as a freshman at any NCAA Division I or II university you MUST register with the Eligibility Center, meet all Eligibility Center requirements and be certified by the Eligibility Center.
WHAT ARE THE STANDARDS I MUST MEET?
The standards issued by the Eligibility Center are slightly different for Division I and Division II but are based on the same four principles:
1. You must graduate from high school.
2. You must successfully complete all core courses.
3. You must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in core courses.
4. You must have a minimum qualifying score on the ACT or SAT.
WHAT IS A CORE COURSE?
Core courses are the foundation of the Eligibility Center's standards. A core course is any course at your high school that has been reviewed and approved by the NCAA as a course that meets their academic standards. In other words, core courses are courses "approved" by the NCAA.
The Eligibility Center approves courses in four categories; English, Math, Natural/Physical Science and Social Science.
You must complete a minimum number of core courses in each category as part of the certification process.
HOW MANY CORE COURSES DO I NEED TO COMPLETE?
You must complete 14 core courses for Division II(16 for the class of 2013 and beyond) and 16 core courses for Division I.
IS MY CORE COURSE GPA THE SAME AS MY HIGH SCHOOL GPA?
No. Your high school GPA includes all of the courses you have taken whether or not they are NCAA approved core courses and uses your school's grade point system. Your core course GPA is calculated using ONLY the core courses you have completed and uses the NCAA's "quality points" system.
WHAT SAT/ACT TEST SCORES DO I NEED?
The test score requirements vary between Division I and Division II.
In Division II, the test score requirements are the same for every student, regardless of GPA. To meet Division II requirements you must earn achieve at least an 820 on the SAT or a sum score of 68 on the ACT.
In Division I, a sliding scale is used based on core course GPA. The higher your GPA, the lower your test scores need to be to qualify.
Test scores will be calculated using the math and verbal subsections of the SAT and the sum of the math, science, English and reading subsections of the ACT. The writing component of the ACT or SAT will not be used to determine your qualifier status.
WHEN AND HOW DO I REGISTER WITH THE ELIGIBILITY CENTER?
You may first register with the Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year in high school. For all official forms and registration materials visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website at www.eligibilitycenter.org or contact them at the address and phone listed below.
NCAA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207
Call Center Hours: 8am-6pm EST Mon-Fri
The NCAA's Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete provides extensive details about the NCAA Eligibility Center and other very useful information for college-bound athletes.
Download a copy of the document here:
2010-2011 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete