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NCAA Eligibility Center

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

The NCAA is the governing body of athletic programs at more than 1,200 colleges and universities, conferences and other organizations.

The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the academic credentials of all students who want to play sports at a NCAA Division I, II or III institution as freshmen. In order to practice, compete and receive athletics scholarships, students need to meet certain academic benchmarks. Academic eligibility requirements are listed on the back. 

How to Register

It is the responsibility of the student to register with NCAA Eligibility Center by the beginning of his/her junior year. The Eligibility Center will evaluate a student’s academic credentials once the following information has been received:

Step 1: Complete online registration
Step 2: Fee payment 
Step 3: Transcript(s) from all schools or programs attended

Transcript Release Form

The Transcript Release Form is critical. By filling it out completely and signing it, you are authorizing each of the high schools you have attended to send your transcript, proof of graduation, and other academic information to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

After registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center, fill out the Transcript Release Form and give it to the counseling office. If you have attended any other high school(s) outside of the LBUSD, a copy of the release form should be given to an official at that school also.

Registration Fee

There is a  registration fee. The counseling office may be able to waive the registration fee if you have previously qualified for and received a waiver for the ACT or SAT fee.

For additional information, please visit the NCAA website


NCAA Division I Academic Requirements

The following academic requirements must be met in order for a freshman to be able to practice, compete and receive athletics scholarships at a NCAA Division I college or university. The academic requirements are broken down into three categories: Full Qualifier, Academic Redshirt & Nonqualified.

Division I - 16 Core Courses Full Qualifier

4 years of English
3 years of Math (Algebra 1 or higher)
2 years of natural/physical science
1 year of additional English, Math or natural/physical science

2 years of social science
4 years of additional courses (from any area above or foreign language)


  • Graduate from high school.
  • Complete a minimum of 16 core courses.
Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester (senior year) of high school with 7 of the ten being in English, Math and Science.
  • Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.30
May practice, compete and receive athletics  scholarships during the first year of enrollment.
Academic Redshirt Nonqualified
  • Graduate from high school.
  • Complete the minimum of 16 core courses.
  • Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.0
May receive athletics scholarships and practice during the first regular academic term but may NOT compete during the first year of enrollment.
Cannot practice, receive athletics scholarships or compete during the first year of enrollment.