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NCAA Eligibility Center 101 · PDF file Initial-Eligibility Information - Academics NEW Fall 2016 Initial-Eligibility Requirements: (For prospective student-athletes first entering

Jul 17, 2020




  • NCAA Eligibility Center 101 AACRAO Session ID#1676.0

    Holly Smith

    Assistant Director International Academic Certification

    NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Overview

     NCAA Overview.

     NCAA Eligibility Center Overview.

     Academic Certification.

     Initial-Eligibility Information – NEW 2016 and 2018 Initial-Eligibility


     Amateurism.

     Academic Review.

     High School Review.

     Customer Service.

     Operations.

     Best Practices and Resources.

     Questions.

  • Overview of NCAA

  • Overview of NCAA

    Organization of the NCAA.

     Division I:

     Highest level of intercollegiate athletics.

     Typically large student-body size.

     Athletics grants-in-aid available.

     Division II:

     Smaller to medium populated schools, smaller athletics budgets.

     Athletics grants-in-aid available.

     Division III:

     Largest of the three divisions, typically small student body.

     Athletics grants-in-aid not available, generally students participate for

    the love of the sport.

  • Who Makes the Rules?

     NCAA Membership.

     Representative structure in Division I.

     Convention voting in Divisions II and III.

     Academic rules generally vetted through academic


    • The NCAA Eligibility Center supports the International Student

    Records Committee (ISRC), High School Review Committee

    (HSRC) and the Student Records Review Committee (SRRC).

  • NCAA Eligibility Center

  • NCAA Eligibility Center Mission Statement

     To ensure prospective student-athletes,

    member institutions and high schools

    understand the requirements to participate in NCAA

    Divisions I and II athletics and to certify their

    academic and amateur credentials in accordance

    with NCAA standards and philosophy.

  • NCAA Eligibility Center Responsibilities

     Pre-enrollment initial-eligibility services:

     Initial-eligibility certification.

    o Academic; and

    o Amateurism.

     Initial-Eligibility Waivers (IEW).

     Prospective Student-Athlete Review (PSA Review).

     High school review and core-course review.

     Customer Service.

    o Full service inbound contact center, membership outreach and support,

    high school outreach and support and prospective student-athlete

    outreach and support.

     Operations.

     Website development and maintenance.

  • NCAA Eligibility Center Responsibilities

     The NCAA Eligibility Center is responsible for

    determining the eligibility of prospective student-

    athletes in NCAA Divisions I and II using two prongs:

     Academic certification.

    o Does the prospective student-athlete meet the

    legislated minimum academic requirements?

     Amateurism certification.

    o Has the prospective student-athlete maintained his

    or her amateur status?

  • Academic Certification

  • Academic Certification

     The NCAA Eligibility Center completes academic

    certifications for NCAA Divisions I and II only.

     Ideally, academic certification is a two-step process:

     Preliminary certification - includes coursework through junior year.

    o Preliminary certification provides pre-graduation snapshot to identify


     Final certification - after graduation.

     International academic certification may not include a

    preliminary certification depending on the educational system

    and credential received.

  • Academic Certification

     Institutional Request List (IRL) required*.

     Must receive official transcript(s) from all high schools attended

    (domestic/international) or leaving examinations from various examination

    boards or Ministry of Education (international).

     Documentation related to nontraditional or online courses completed.

     Official test scores from ACT and/or SAT.

     Proof of graduation required for final certification.

     *Junior college transfer students may be reviewed if required for


  • Academic Certification

     Processing order – Domestic/Canadian (not

    including Quebec).  National Letter of Intent.

     IRL activation date.

     “Ready-to-Process” date.

     Official transcripts from all schools attended and final transcript


     Official test score received.

     Standard of Operation = 10 days from “Ready-to-Process” date.

     Cases may be suspended for missing or incomplete information.

     Student task created to request missing information.

     Sent by e-mail to the student.

     Prospective student-athlete (PSA) review.

  • Academic Certification

     Processing order - International.  National Letter of Intent.

     IRL activation date.

     “Ready-to-Process” date.

     Official transcripts, academic records in original language and English


     Official test scores.

     Standard of Operation = 10 days from “Ready-to-

    Process” date.  Certifications completed for students from more than 175 different


     United Kingdom most common.

     Quebec processed by international staff.

  • International Academic Certification Numbers

     Total international registrants:

    Year 2010 2011 2012 2013

    Canada 2,819 (32.1%) 3,005 (30.9%) 3,079 (29.2%) 3,180 (29.1%)

    Grand Total



    8,787 / 205,389 9,711 / 204,392 10,514 / 206,520 10,937 / 204,745

    7,431 (total minus


  • International Academic Certification Numbers








    3500 International Mail Volume




    Month 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014

    October Not tracked 1462 1287

    November Not tracked 1332 1046

    December Not tracked 962 1055

    January 827 979 0

    February 1172 1219 0

    March 1216 1360 0

    April 1174 1456 0

    May 1252 1284 0

    June 2009 1616 0

    July 3088 2973 0

    August 2103 1904 0

    September 1298 1301 0

    Yearly Total 10,738 17,848 1287

  • Initial-Eligibility Information - Academics

     Academic initial-eligibility requirements are different for each of the three divisions.

     It is possible for a prospective student-athlete to be eligible in one division and not another.

     The NCAA Eligibility Center does not evaluate (academic and amateurism) prospective student-athletes who attend Division III member institutions. The actual member institution does the evaluation.

  • Initial-Eligibility Information - Academics

    NCAA Division I Academic Requirements

     In order to compete as a freshman, a prospective student-athlete


     Graduate from high school;

     Earn a minimum required grade-point average (GPA) in a

    prescribed distribution of 16 approved core courses; and

     Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches the

    core-course GPA (refer to the “sliding scale” on the NCAA

    Quick Reference Sheet).

  • Initial-Eligibility Information - Academics

    Division I Qualifier:

     Being a qualifier enables you to:

     Practice or compete for your college or university during your first year of college;

     Receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college; and

     Play four seasons in your sport if you maintain your academic eligibility from year-to-year.

    Division I Nonqualifier:

     As a nonqualifier, you will not be able to:

     Practice or compete for your college or university during your first year of college; or

     Receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college, although you may

    receive need-based financial aid.

     You may be able to play only three seasons in your sport if you maintain your

    eligibility from year-to-year. To earn a fourth season, you must complete at least

    80 percent of your degree requirements before beginning your fifth year of college.

  • Initial-Eligibility Information - Academics

    NEW Fall 2016 Initial-Eligibility Requirements: (For prospective student-athletes first entering a Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2016.)

     Full Qualifier must:  Complete 16 core courses (same distribution as in the past);

     Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.300;

     Meet the competition sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score (this is a new scale with

    increased grade-point average/test-score requirements); and

     Graduate from high school.

     Domestic and “split files” will be held to the 7/10 prior to the seventh semester.

     Academic Redshirt must:  Complete 16 core co

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