2018 Graduates//What you need to know to compete 

Congratulations on graduating from high school! Before relaxing over summer vacation, but before you head to campus, the NCAA Eligibility Center needs a few things from you to complete your certification and make sure you’re ready to enroll and compete at an NCAA Division I or II school this fall.

To get started, log in to your Certification Account on the Eligibility Center website. Review the second box on your dashboard to see if we have your transcript(s) and test scores on file. If not, follow the directions below for each outstanding item. Remember, these must be in your account before you can be certified to play!

Transcripts

We need your official high school transcript(s) on file to complete your certification. Before leaving high school, ask your high school counselor to submit your official final high school transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center after graduation. If you attended more than one high school or program, we need an official transcript from each school.
  • International students: Please review our document submission requirements here.

Test Scores

Official test scores are also needed to complete your academic certification. We only accept test scores sent directly from the SAT or ACT and cannot use scores listed on your high school transcript. See instructions below on how to have test scores sent below.

SAT

  1. Log in to the College Board website.
  2. Use code 9999 to select the NCAA Eligibility Center as a score recipient. You can do this before or after you register for the test.
  3. It could take up to two weeks for your official test score to appear in your NCAA Eligibility Center account. Monitor your account to ensure your test score gets updated. 
If you need additional help, call the College Board's customer service at 866-756-7346.
  • Tip: If you took the SAT on or after March 2016, the College Board concordance table can be found on the Division I and Division II sliding scales.

ACT

  1. Log in to the ACT website
  2. Use code 9999 to select the NCAA Eligibility Center as a score recipient. You can do this before or after you register for the test. 
  3. It could take up to two weeks for your official test scores to appear as received in your NCAA Eligibility Center account. Monitor your account to ensure your test score gets updated. 
If you need additional help, call ACT's customer service at 319-337-1270. 
 

Certification Timeline

Because we cannot begin your certification until it is requested by an NCAA Division I or II school, it's important you share your NCAA ID number with schools recruiting you. Once requested by a school, we need the following in your Certification Account to begin your certification:
  • Fee paid. 
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official transcript from each school or program you attended. 
  • Proof of high school graduation on your transcript.
When we have received all of this information, it takes about 10 business days to review an academic certification. Please watch for email notifications, and check your NCAA Eligibility Center account in case we need additional information from you. Once a decision is made on your account, your status will also be available on your dashboard. (Find brief explanations of each status here.)

Amateurism requested? If you have not yet requested your final amateurism certification, please follow these directions to ensure your account is pulled for review. 

 

After Graduation: What's Next?

Upon receiving a final academic decision, you’ll know whether or not you are able to compete at your school this fall. The NCAA Eligibility Center is here for you throughout the process this summer. We wish you great luck in reaching your collegiate goals! Remember to follow the NCAA on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date on the latest information for student-athletes at the collegiate level. The future is yours—go get it!
The Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is our most comprehensive student resource.
Our Initial-Eligibility Brochure provides a general overview of the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements. 
Students can learn which NCAA division may be right for them by comparing the three NCAA divisions.