Recruiting 101

The NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA Eligibility Center (formally known as the NCAA Clearinghouse) is an arm of the NCAA responsible for determining the eligibility of student athletes at the DI and DII levels. All NCAA student athletes must register with the Eligibility Center before they can receive an scholarship or play college sports for an NCAA school.

5 Quick Facts About the NCAA Eligibility Center

  1. 180,000 student athletes register with the NCAA each year, only 42% of those athletes (76,000) are recruited by a DI or DII universities
  2. The NCAA receives over 500,000 pieces of mail and 180,000 phone calls each year
  3. Registering with the NCAA does not help you get discovered or recruited by college coaches
  4. You should only register with the NCAA Eligibility Center if you are currently being recruited by DI or DII coaches
  5. There are new eligibility requirements for athletes graduating in 2016 or later, 15% of athlete who meet the current academic standards would not be eligible under the new eligibility requirements (40% of basketball players and 35% of football players would not be eligible)
  6. NCAA Eligibility Requirements

Your academic eligibility is determined using a combination of your high school graduation, GPA from your core courses and your SAT or ACT test scores.

  • You must graduate from high school
  • You must meet the minimum GPA in your core courses
  • You must meet the minimum requirements on your SAT or ACT test scores.
  • Your GPA and SAT/ACT test scores must combine to meet the minimum requirements laid out on the sliding scale
  • For complete NCAA academic eligibility requirements go here
  • New NCAA Eligibility Rules for Class of 2016

The NCAA has raised the minimum GPA you need in your core courses from 2.0 to 2.3

On the NCAA sliding scale (combining your GPA and SAT or ACT scores) you will need to score approximately .5 higher on your GPA for the same test scores. For example, if you scored 700 on the SAT (math and reading only) under the old rules you would need a GPA of 2.8. With the new rules you will need a minimum GPA of 3.25 in order to play as a freshman (if you have a 2.8 or above, you can still receive a scholarship but will not be eligible to play your freshman year and this will greatly reduce your scholarship opportunities).

NCAA Eligibility Center Address

Certification Processing P.O. Box 7136 Indianapolis, Indiana 46207-7136. If you are an athlete or parent you must be mailing only official sealed copies of transcripts.

NCAA Sliding Scale Link