preparing for college football

** all information pulled from the NCAA Eligibility Center Guide for College-Bound Student-Athletes

If you want to practice, compete and receive an athletics scholarship during your first year at a Division I or II school, the NCAA Eligibility Center must certify you as eligible.

Throughout the process, NCAA Eligibility Center staff members partner with students and their families, as well as high school administrators and coaches.

the recruiting process

freshman year

sophomore year

junior year

senior year

  • Complete your final NCAA core course as you prepare for graduation
  • Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary, and submit your scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center using code 9999.
  • Request your final amateurism certification beginning April 1 (fall enrollees) of Oct. 1 (spring enrollees) in your NCAA Eligibility account at
  • After you graduate, ask your counselor to send or upload your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Only students on an NCAA Division I or II school's certification request list will receive a certification

NCAA Eligibility Resources

@NCAAEC on Twitter

NCAA Eligibility Center toll-free (877) 262-1492

Academic Eligibility

Initial Eligibility Brochure

A basic look at the requirements to becoming an NCAA Division I or II student-athlete.

Division I Initial Eligibility Quick Reference Sheet

A brief overview of Division I initial-eligibility academic requirements.

Division II Initial Eligibility Quick Reference Sheet

A brief overview of Division II initial-eligibility academic requirements.

Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

A comprehensive guide to the initial eligibility process.

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