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Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA Eligibility Center recently redesigned its registration website at www.eligibilitycenter.org.

The new, mobile-friendly website simplifies the registration process with fewer questions, clarified instructions and more specific help materials.

One of the most significant enhancements in the new eligibilitycenter.org is a new account type, the Profile Account, which gives college-bound student-athletes the opportunity to make the best decision about their college choices earlier in their high school careers.

Students may now choose from the traditional certification account for Division I and II schools, or a free profile page for those attending Division III schools and students who are not yet sure where they want to compete.

Profile Page Student-athletes who are not sure where they want to compete in college or who plan to compete at a Division III school should create a free Profile Page.

Students should expect 15 to 30 minutes to complete a Profile Page.

If a student with a profile page decides to play at the Division I or II level, they can transition to a Certification Account and pay the registration fee to begin their certification process.

Certification Account A student-athlete must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school.

A student must also create a Certification Account before they can make official visits to a school or sign a National Letter of Intent in Division I or II.

Registration for a Certification Account typically takes 30 to 45 minutes.

Tutorials and frequently-asked questions about the new website are available by visiting the “How to Register” page at www.NCAA.org/playcollegesports.

Remember this simple formula for initial eligibility: 4×4=16.

If a high school student completes four (4) English courses (one per year), four (4) math courses, four (4) science courses and four (4) social science courses, with the required core course grade point average, they should meet the Division I requirement for 16 core courses.

Below is a checklist that will help students as they go through the NCAA registration and certification process.

  • Grade 9 – Students should ask their counselor for a list of your high school’s NCAA core courses to make sure they are taking the right classes.
  • Grade 10 – Students should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org.
  • Grade 11 – Students should again check with their counselor to make sure they will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA core courses.  They should take the ACT or SAT and submit scores to the NCAA using code 9999.  At the end of the year, they should ask their counselor to upload official transcripts to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Grade 12 – Study hard and finish their last NCAA core courses.  They can take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary, and submit scores to the NCAA using code 9999.

Complete all academic and amateurism questions in their NCAA Eligibility Center account at www.eligibilitycenter.org.