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National Collegiate Athletic Association


Initial-eligibility standards help ensure you are prepared to succeed in the first year of college. The eligibility process also protects the fairness and integrity of college sports by ensuring student-athletes are amateurs.

If you want to practice, compete and receive an athletic 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.


Student Registration

If you want to play NCAA sports at a Division I or II school, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at You should plan to register during your sophomore year of high school. 


ACT Scores 

When you register for the  ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 so your scores are sent directly to the Eligibility Center from the testing agency.

Test scores on transcripts will not be used in your academic certification.


Division I Academic Eligibility



National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics


In the NAIA, every student-athlete matters and is supported in the ongoing pursuit of their best. Our institutions, administrators and coaches are in unique positions to positively impact the educational, athletic and emotional development of young people. Tight-knit campus communities mean closer interaction, stronger relationships, and personalized attention.

Student should register early with the NAIA EligibiltyCenter. It's required for any student who plans to attend an NAIA school. By registering, prospective students also have the chance to let NAIA coaches know they're interested in playing in college. Our Connections service allows you to check out which schools offer your sport, major and size that fits your interests.


ACT Scores

Students must request that their test scores be sent directly from the testing service using our code: 9876.

We cannot accept test scores that appear on high school transcripts.

NAIA Eligibility



National Junior College Athletic Association


The NJCAA’s mission is to promote, govern and foster a competitive environment for two-year college athletics.


In order to participate in an NJCAA sanctioned sport, a student-athlete must be in good academic standing; in accordance with the rules and bylaws of the NJCAA, the member region and the individual institution. He/she must be an amateur; who has not exhausted his/her eligibility; and who is in good health. 


NJCAA Eligibility