What is the NCAA Eligibility Center? In order to be eligible to play NCAA sports at a Division I or II school, you must meet certain academic and amateurism requirements. To have your academic and amateurism evaluations completed, setting up a Certification Account with the NCAA Eligibility Center is required. If you are not sure if you will play at an NCAA Division I or II institution, or you are planning to play at a Division III institution, you may set up a free Profile Account, which can be transitioned to a Certification Account at a later date if needed. To register for a Certification Account or to create a free Profile Page, click here.
How to register for the NCAA Eligibility Center:
- Choose between a Certification Account or a Profile page.
- Have a valid email address you will have access to after high school.
- Have official copies of your high school transcripts sent to the NCAA.
- Send official copies of your SAT and/or ACT test scores.
- Complete the amateurism questionnaire.
- Have a valid method of payment ($90 for athletes from the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada and $150 for international athletes). Valid forms of payment include debit, credit card or e-check.
What is the difference between a Certification Account or a Profile page?
The NCAA website now has Certification Accounts for DI/DII athletes and Profiles for DIII or undecided athletes. Traditionally, one of the biggest problems with the NCAA Eligibility Center process was that athletes would register with the NCAA which required paying a fee without knowing if they were being recruited. With the new NCAA Profile, you can now create an account with the NCAA for free and once you know if you are being recruited, easily transition it over to an NCAA Certification Account so they can begin the process of determining your eligibility.
NCAA Recruiting Rules: When Can College Coaches Contact High School Athletes--The NCAA recruiting rules can be detailed and tricky to understand. One of the most common questions families ask is when college coaches can start contacting their athletes. For most sports, coaches can begin reaching out to athletes starting June 15 after sophomore year or September 1 of their junior year of high school. Click the link above for sport specific rules and more information.