Student athletes who will be accepting an athletic scholarship from a Division I or II College must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center after their junior year. The NCAA requires that this registration be done on-line at their website at www.ncaa.org. Be sure to print out the “Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete,” which contains detailed information about eligibility for Divisions I, II, and III. Students complete the eligibility form on-line and then must request their official transcript be sent to the Clearinghouse. The official transcript is used by the Clearinghouse to open a file for that student-athlete. College coaches can then access information about that student's academic record, to determine their potential for qualifying for an athletic scholarship. Your final transcript is sent to the NCAA from the Guidance Office after graduation.The NCAA will not classify you as eligible until you have met all requirements and have received your diploma.
To determine if a student-athlete is eligible to receive an athletic scholarship, the NCAA Clearinghouse uses the student's core grade point average and ACT or SAT scores. The core GPA includes only English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, and other approved electives (foreign language and other academic electives.) Religion, Physical Education, and Fine Arts courses cannot be used in determining the student's core GPA. The "Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete" provides details about how to calculate the core GPA and determine eligibility.
The NAIA now requires a similar registration process for student-athletes participating in athletics at an NAIA school. Students should visit their website at www.naia.org for registration information. At this time, no specific grades or test scores are required, but an official transcript must be sent to the NAIA.