- NCAA: All you need to know. Sophomores can start the certification process by creating an account here: http://www.eligibilitycenter.org
NCAA Clearinghouse FAQ
The NCAA has established a central clearinghouse to certify eligibility for Divisions I and II. Here are the answers to questions frequently asked by students and parents about what they need to do to participate in college sports under this process.
Why do I need to register and be certified?
If you intend to participate in Division I or II athletics as a freshman in college you must be registered with and be certified as eligible by the NCAA Initial-eligibility Clearinghouse. Please note that initial-eligibility certification pertains only to whether or not you meet the NCAA requirements for participation in Division I or II athletics and has no bearing on admission to a particular Division I or 11 institution.
To be certified for Divisions I and II, you need to graduate from high school and have a 2.0 grade point average in the core curriculum of at least 13 academic courses (as defined by the NCAA) and achieve a qualifying test score on the ACT or SAT. http://www.ncaa.org/about/student-athlete-eligibility
Division I: http://www.ncaa.org/d1
Division II: http://www.ncaa.org/d2
When should I register?
You should register with the Clearinghouse whenever you decide you would like to participate in athletics as a college freshman. It generally is best to register at the beginning of your junior year. Although you can register anytime prior to participation, if you register late, you may face delays that will prevent you from practicing and competing.
How do I register?
On-line at the NCAA Eligibility Center.
What if I have attended more than one school?
If you have attended multiple high schools since ninth grade, each school will need to send your official transcripts to the Clearinghouse.
Are standardized test scores required?
Qualifying test scores are required for participation at both Division I and II institutions. You scores must be sent to the Clearinghouse directly from the testing agency.
How can I arrange for my scores to be sent directly from the testing agency?
When you register to take the ACT or the SAT, you can mark code 9999 so that the Clearinghouse will be one of the institutions receiving your scores; alternatively, you can submit a request (and fee) for an additional score report to the appropriate testing agency by indicating code 9999 on your request form.
What will the Clearinghouse provide to those institutions that are recruiting me?
The Clearinghouse will send your eligibility status to any Division I and II institution that requests it, provided you have given your permission on your student-release form for the institution to receive that information. Please note that the Clearinghouse will not send your eligibility information at your request; rather, the institution must make the request for that information.