What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?



The NCAA Eligibility Center is the part of the NCAA that ensures recruits meet the minimum academic requirements and are considered an amateur athlete for all DI and DII student-athletes. The most important thing to understand as a recruit is that the NCAA does not provide guidance on how to get or maintain your college eligibility, they merely determine your eligibility. It is your responsibility to understand the academic and amateurism requirements and meet those requirements with the help of their high school guidance counselor and school administrators.

How does the NCAA Eligibility Center determine eligibility?

The NCAA Eligibility Center reviews student-athlete’s high school transcripts (official copies only), SAT/ACT test scores and reviewing the answers to your amateurism questionnaire. Below are the eligibility requirements as outlined by the NCAA:

  • Academic Requirements – Complete 16 core courses, have a minimum GPA of 2.3 (for DI) or 2.2 (for DII) in those core courses, and meet the minimums of the sliding scale in your combination of core course GPA and SAT/ACT test scores.
  • Amateurism Requirements – Athletes cannot obtain amateurism status if they have received compensation that exceeds actual and necessary expenses. Athletes also cannot accept payment for media appearances based on their athletic ability, endorsing commercial products or accept prize money beyond actual/necessary expenses. Learn more about amateurism requirements.

How do I register for the NCAA Eligibility Center?

You can register on the NCAA’s Eligibility Center webpage. The process will table 15-30 minutes to complete the initial registration. You will need to have a valid email address that you will have access to after high school. We suggest creating a Gmail account. If you are creating a Certification Account, you will need a method of payment for the account. Learn more about registering for the eligibility center.

Has Covid-19 impacting eligibility?

Yes, as a result of the pandemic, the NCAA Eligibility Center has extended its initial COVID-19 eligibility policies for student-athletes who initially enroll full-time during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years. This policy includes:

  • Students who intend to play D1 or D2 sports won’t be required to take the ACT or SAT by the NCAA.
  • Students are allowed to use pass/fail grades for core courses through the 2021–22 academic year.

Learn more about COVID-19’s impact on eligibility.

How do I contact the NCAA Eligibility Center?

Have questions? You can reach out the NCAA with eligibility questions using the phone numbers below.

  • 877-262-1492 (toll free)
  • 317-917-6222