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Thank you for all you do to inform and educate your student-athletes and parents about the NCAA academic standards. Our outreach and education efforts are ongoing and we have some updated materials to share with you. The following resources are designed to help you and your colleagues as you provide information to students and families, and assist them with the initial-eligibility, registration and certification process. Please refer to our redesigned registration website, eligibilitycenter.org, or our educational site, ncaa.org/playcollegesports for even more information.

Our updated and traditional resources for the 2017-18 school year can be found on our Educational Resources page and include: 

  • Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
  • Initial-Eligibility Brochure (to order)
  • Initial-Eligibility Brochure (printable)
  • Division I Initial-Eligibility Requirements
  • Division II Initial-Eligibility Requirements
Additionally, we recommend counselors use the following documents found on our other pages: 

As the school year kicks off there are two important steps you can take to help your students in their initial-eligibility process. Below you will find detailed instructions for completing both: 

1. Send six-semester transcripts for incoming seniors.

The six-semester (or preliminary) transcript task is assigned to high schools requesting transcripts for all registered students who have completed their junior year (six semesters). Please note that this is a courtesy to notify your high school that it is time to send a transcript for an NCAA Eligibility Center registrant who currently attends (or previously attended) your school. Your school will receive reminder task emails periodically until transcripts have been sent or uploaded for all students listed as a registrant for your school.

Note: By registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center and accepting the Terms and Conditions, the student provides broad permission for all schools they attended to share official high school transcripts and academic records with the NCAA Eligibility Center. 

  • Why is it important to send these preliminary transcripts? 
    • NCAA colleges and universities have asked for earlier academic evaluations of college-bound student-athletes whom they are actively recruiting. These earlier evaluations will assist the NCAA Eligibility Center in identifying potential issues with individual cases, and drive outbound, proactive efforts to address concerns throughout the academic year, rather than last-minute emergencies during the summer months. 
  • How do I send the transcripts? 
    • The NCAA Eligibility Center offers several ways for high school administrators to send transcripts. You can find details of each method here. They are: 
      • Direct upload
      • E-transcript
      • Mail

2. Update your school's core-courses list.

The start of a new school year is also a great time to update your school's list of NCAA courses. A list that has not been updated recently could delay your graduating seniors' academic certification or prevent them from meeting the requirements. 

You may add courses, archive those no longer taught and change titles quickly and easily on the High School Portal. Click here for additional information on updating your course list and a step-by-step tutorial. 

If your list is accurate, please log in to the High School Portal to verify you have no updates; this will refresh your account in our system.

We redesigned our registration website eligibilitycenter.org last fall, and developed two different accounts to help prospective student-athletes make the best decision about their college choices. They are:
  • 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 also must be registered with a Certification Account before they can make official visits to a school or sign a National Letter of Intent in Division I or II. The registration fee is $80 for domestic students and $135 for international students. Registration typically takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. 
  • Profile Page : If a student-athlete is currently unsure which division they want to compete in or plan to compete at a Division III school, they should create a Profile Page. Creating a Profile Page is free and easy. Students should expect 15 to 30 minutes to complete a Profile Page. If at any time the student wishes to play at the Division I or II level, they can transition to a Certification Account and pay the registration fee to begin the certification process. 
Please encourage your student-athletes that want to play college sports to complete their NCAA registration at eligibilitycenter.org. Students can find more information and resources about registering on our How to Register page


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