• NCAA Initial Eligibility

     

    Registration Checklist

    Take your first step to becoming a NCAA student-athlete at eligibilitycenter.org.

    Choose from our two account types to get started:

    1. Certification Account: You need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at a NCAA Division I or II. You also need to be registered with a Certification Account before you can make official visits or sign a National Letter of Intent in Division I or II.
    2. Profile Page: If you plan to compete at a Division III school or are currently unsure in which division you want to compete, create a Profile.  If at any time you wish to pursue a Division I or II path, you will be able to transition to a Certification Account.

     

    For Certification Accounts, please allow between 30 to 45 minutes to register completely. If you need to exit and come back at a later time, you can save and exit once your account or profile is created.

     

    Below is a list of items recommended you have before beginning your registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center:

    Valid Student Email

    You need a valid email address that you check regularly to register. This is important for updating prospective student-athletes about their account.

    For more information about accepted emails, please reference our FAQ.

     

    Basic Student Personal Information

    This includes information such as your name, gender, date of birth, primary and secondary contact information, and address.

     

    Basic Student Education History

    Please include details about all high schools or secondary schools you have attended in the United States or internationally, and additional programs you have attended. Check if your school has a list of NCAA-approved courses.

     

    Student Sports Participation History

    For Certification Accounts, this includes details for any expenses or awards you received, any teams you have practiced or played with or certain events in which you participated outside of the traditional high school season. It also includes information about any individuals who have advised you or marketed your skills in a particular sport. This information helps the Eligibility Center certify your amateur status when it is requested by a NCAA school.

     

    Payment

    For Certification Accounts, nonrefundable registration fee for U.S., U.S. Territories* and Canadian students: $80

    The NCAA Eligibility Center accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. For payment questions, look here. Some individuals may qualify to apply for a fee waiver.

     

    Next Steps

    Stay on track in high school and understand these quick tips to help in your eligibility process.

     

    For more information, please visit: www.NCAA.org/playcollegesports.

     

     

     

    NAIA Eligibility

     

    What do you need to do to get your early decision? 

    • Create an account with a valid email address.
    • Pay the one-time registration fee or indicate qualification for a fee waiver.
    • Request that your official transcripts after your junior year be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center and contact ACT or SAT to have your test scores sent directly. Transcripts may not be faxed or emailed.

     

    Early Decisions: Junior Year Complete

    U.S. students who have completed their junior year of high school may obtain an eligibility determination from the NAIA Eligibility Center before graduating from high school if they meet all the following requirements:

    • will enroll at an NAIA institution immediately after high school graduation
    • have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
    • have met minimum test score requirement.
    • 18 composite score on the ACT for tests taken before March 2016*
      *EXCEPTION: Per NAIA Bylaws V.C.2a, "For ACT tests taken beginning March 2016, a minimum score of 16 will satisfy this requirement. This exception will apply through the 2018-19 academic year, after which time the exception will expire."
    • 860 on the SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math)

    Early Decisions: Midway Through Senior Year

    U.S. students who are midway through their senior year of high school may obtain an eligibility determination from the NAIA Eligibility Center before graduating from high school if they meet all the following requirements:

    • will enroll at an NAIA institution immediately after high school graduation
    • have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
    • have met minimum test score requirement
    • 18 composite score on the ACT for tests taken before March 2016*
      *EXCEPTION: Per NAIA Bylaws V.C.2a, "For ACT tests taken beginning March 2016, a minimum score of 16 will satisfy this requirement. This exception will apply through the 2018-19 academic year, after which time the exception will expire."
    • 860 on the SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math)