Special Circumstances Student Athlete

Student Athlete

Please use the list of links and downloads on the right under “NCAA: For the College Bound Student Athlete” for important information about eligibility, requirements, and registration.

Student Athletes who intend to play intercollegiate athletics must register with the NCAA. The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all college-bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics. In other words, it is the NCAA’s job to be sure that you, as a potential student athlete, are not (and have never been) a “professional” athlete and that you meet certain athletic qualifications.

  • Visit the NCCA website and click the link for “Student Athletes” in the center.
    • You can either begin the registration process from this screen or click “Resources” at the top. The “Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete” contains everything you need to know about beginning collegiate athletics and the NCAA certification process (excerpts included in the following pages).
    • There is also a “Quick Reference Guide,” which gives a snapshot of Division I and II eligibility requirements. This guide is included in the following pages.
  • While there is information in the “Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete” for students in grades 9-12, students should complete the registration process at the end of their junior year.

Another important point: SAT scores must be sent directly to NCAA (code 9999). You can use one of your four free score reports for this purpose.

Special Circumstances

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