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
- Start planning now; take the right courses and earn the best grades possible
- Ask your counselor for a list of your high school's NCAA-approved core courses to make sure you take the right classes
- Click here for Oscar Smith's list of NCAA-approved courses (school code is 472125)
- Click here to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org
- Click here to learn more about registering with the NCAA
- If you fall behind, ask your counselor for help with finding approved courses you can take
- Check with your counselor to make sure you are on track to complete the require number of NCAA-approved courses
- Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center using code 9999
- Click here to find ACT registration and testing dates
- Click here to find SAT registration and testing dates
- Click here to learn about waiving the ACT and/or the SAT fees
- At the end of the year, ask your counselor to send or upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you took classes at more than one high school or program, submit an official transcript for each school
- Make sure you are on track to graduate on time with your classes
- 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 eligibilitycenter.org
- 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
A basic look at the requirements to becoming an NCAA Division I or II student-athlete.
A brief overview of Division I initial-eligibility academic requirements.
A brief overview of Division II initial-eligibility academic requirements.
A comprehensive guide to the initial eligibility process.