NCAA Eligibility

What is the NCAA?

The NCAA, or National Collegiate Athletic Association, was established in 1906 and serves as the athletics governing body for more than 1,300 colleges, universities, conferences and organizations. The NCAA membership includes:

  • 335 active Division I members;
  • 288 active Division II members;
  • 432 active Division III members

One of the differences among the three divisions is that colleges and universities in Division I and II may offer athletics scholarships, while Division III colleges and universities may not.

What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?

NCAA_EligibilityEligibility Center Contact Information
NCAA Eligibility Center:
Certification Processing
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136

Package or overnight delivery:
Certification Processing
1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Web address:

Eligibility Center customer service:
(toll free) 877/262-1492
fax: 317/968-5100

The NCAA Eligibility Center will certify the academic and amateur credentials of all college-bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics.

NCAA Eligibility Center 2014-15 Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete


Initial Eligibility

NCAA Freshmen-Eligibility Standards Quick Reference Sheet
List of NCAA core courses at Poly (6-digit CEEB/ACT code: 051480)
Divison I Core Worksheet
Divison II Core Worksheet

Recruiting Terms

Summary of Recruiting Rules
Recruiting Calendar (Bowl Subdivision Football)
Questions to ask as you consider colleges
Amateurism Certification Process
National Letter of Intent/Financial Aid

You can get more information by accessing the Eligibility Center’s resource page on its website at

Eligibility Center Contact Information
1200 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64106

Web address:

phone: 816/595-8000
fax: 816/595-8200
NAIA Rules Hotline: 816/595-8180

What is the NAIA Eligibility Center?

The NAIA Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the NAIA eligibility of first-time student-athletes. Any student playing NAIA championship sports for the first time must meet eligibility requirements. Students must have their eligibility determined by the NAIA Eligibility Center, and all NAIA schools are bound by the center’s decisions.

NAIA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete

NAIA Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Center FAQs