NCAA Eligibility Timeline
If you are an athlete, you must satisfy the NCAA standards for student athletes who are “full-qualifiers” for Division I and Division II guidelines. Click here for a list of steps to achieving your NCAA Eligibility from Freshmen Year to Graduation. NCAA also has a helpful guide 2015 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.
Freshmen and Sophomores
• Start planning now!
• Work hard to get the best grades possible.
• Take classes that match your high school’s list of NCAA courses. The NCAA Eligibility Center will use only approved core courses to certify your initial eligibility.
• You can access and print your high school’s list of NCAA courses at www.eligibilitycenter.org. Click the NCAA College-Bound Student-Athlete link to enter and then navigate to the “Resources” tab and select “U.S. Students,” where you will find the link for the list of NCAA courses.
• If you fall behind, use summer school sessions before graduation to catch up.
• At the beginning of your junior year, complete your online registration at www.eligibilitycenter.org.
• Register to take the ACT, SAT, or both and use the NCAA Eligibility Center code “9999” as a score recipient. Doing so sends your official score directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
• Double check to make sure the courses you have taken match your school’s list of NCAA courses.
• Ask your high school counselor to send an official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center after completing your junior year. If you have attended more than one high school, the NCAA Eligibility Center will need official transcripts from all high schools attended. (The NCAA Eligibility Center does NOT accept faxed transcripts or test scores.)
• Before registering for classes for your senior year, check with your high school counselor to determine the amount of core courses that you need to complete your senior year.
• Take the ACT and/or SAT again, if necessary. The NCAA Eligibility Center will use the best scores from each section of the ACT or SAT to determine your best cumulative score.
• Continue to take college-prep courses.
• Check the courses you have taken to match your school’s list of NCAA courses.
• Review your amateurism responses and request final amateurism certification on or after April 1 (for fall enrollees) or October 1 (for spring enrollees).
• Continue to work hard to get the best grades possible.
• Graduate on time (in eight academic semesters).
• After graduation, ask your high school counselor to send your final transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center with proof of graduation.