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NCAA Eligibility Center Checklist

Impact of COVID-19 on NCAA eligibility: The NCAA Eligibility Center extended its COVID-19 initial eligibility policies for student-athletes who initially enroll full-time during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years. Students who intend to play D1 or D2 sports won’t be required to take the ACT or SAT by the NCAA. Students are also allowed to use pass/fail grades for core courses through the 2021–22 academic year. To keep track of updates that will impact eligibility for current and future recruiting classes, NCSA will continue to share information on our coronavirus resources page. 

The NCAA Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the academic eligibility and amateurism status for all student-athletes who are trying to compete at the Division 1 and Division 2 levels. It’s the student-athlete’s responsibility to understand the NCAA academic requirements—including the NCAA GPA requirements—as well as the amateurism requirements to make sure they are on track to meet and maintain their eligibility. While the NCAA is not responsible for making sure student-athletes meet NCAA requirements, they do allow student-athletes to work with their high school guidance counselors and school administrators to make sure they are on track—whether in taking the necessary courses, hitting a certain GPA or sending transcripts to the NCAA in a timely manner—to meet and maintain their eligibility in order to compete at the college level.

We created a timeline of what you should be doing—and when—to ensure you’re on track to meet the NCAA eligibility requirements for student-athletes. This NCAA Eligibility Center Checklist will provide a thorough understanding of the NCAA Eligibility Center and help answer all your questions around NCAA requirements, including how to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, how to send transcripts and ACT or SAT tests scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center, and when student transcripts should be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Click here to get a printable version of the NCAA Eligibility Center Checklist.

Start of Freshman Year

During Freshman Year

Start of Sophomore Year

During Sophomore Year:

Start of Junior Year:

Insider Tip: You need to complete 10 of the 16 required core courses by the end of your junior year (before the start of your seventh semester). Seven of the 10 core courses need to be in English, Math or Natural/Physical Science. The grades in these seven courses will be “locked in,”—you will not able to retake them to improve your grades.

During Junior Year:

Insider Tip: The NCAA sliding scale is designed so that if you have a higher GPA, you can have lower SAT/ACT scores—and if you have lower SAT/ACT scores, you can have a lower GPA.

End of Junior Year:

Start of Senior Year:

During Senior Year:

Starting April 1 of Senior Year:

End of Senior Year:

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