What is the NCAA?
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a voluntary organization that governs intercollegiate athletics. The NCAA consists of three divisions.
Division I - Typically larger schools; Athletic grants-in-aid available
Division II - Typically small to medium sized schools; Smaller athletic budgets; Athletic grants-in-aid available
Division III - Typically smaller schools; Grants-in-aid cannot be athletically based
NCAA Eligibility Center
What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?
The NCAA eligibility center certifies initial eligibility for incoming prospective student-athletes (first year students) at the Division I and Division II levels.
Commonly used terms by the NCAA Eligibilty Center:
- Prospective Student-Athlete (PSA): a student who has not yet matriculated at a college or university and who wishes to participate in collegiate athletics
- Qualifier: PSA who meets all initial-eligibility rules. May practice, compete and receive athletics aid
- Partial Qualifier: Division II only; a PSA who meets some but not all initial-eligibility rules. May practice and receive athletics aid but cannot compete during the first year
- Nonqualifier: PSA who does not meet the initial-eligibility rules. No practice, no competition and no athletics aid during the first year
In the first year of school, there are certain academic requirements that a prospective student-athlete (PSA) must meet in order to practice, compete, and receive Athletic Aid (Scholarship)
Four elements to determine initial eligibility for High School Athletes
- Graduation from high school
- Minimum number of core courses
- Minimum grade point average in those core courses
- Minimum SAT or ACT test scores
- Eligibility requirement reference sheet (download): http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/Quick_Reference_Sheet.pdf
Required Core Courses
|Courses||Division I||Division II||Division III|
|English, Math, or Science||1||2||3|
|Additional Core Coures||1||2||3|
For additional information regarding eligibility please visit http://eligibilitycenter.org/
Prospective Student-Athletes Should...
During your Junior Year
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center www.eligibilitycenter.org
- Send your SAT/ACT score reports with the (9999) code when you register for your exams
- Test scores reported on transcripts cannot be used
Once you have submitted your materials
- Eligibility Center staff performs evaluation on your materials
Compares courses on transcript to courses on high school’s list of NCAA courses and inputs those that match
Inputs grade and credit
Quality control checks are performed
Computer calculates courses, grades, credits, test scores against algorithm
Prioritization “Ready to process” with all documents PSAs on an Institutional Request List
Determines whether or not your are eligible to practice and compete at the collegiate level