If you plan to play a sport at the Division I or II level as a freshman, you should be familiarizing yourself with NCAA eligibility requirements as early as your sophomore year of high school, because if you don't meet them, you won't be making the team. Every athlete must meet minimum standardized-test scores and core curriculum requirements -- and continue to meet academic requirements each year.
Checklist for College-Bound Student-Athletes
- Register at the beginning of your sophomore year at the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Ask your high school counselor to send your transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of your junior year.
- Take the ACT or SAT and use the code “9999” to have your official scores sent directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Check with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate on time with your class and have the required amount of core courses.
- Request final amateurism certification during your senior year (beginning April 1).
- Ask your high school counselor to submit your final transcript with proof of graduation.