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NCAA & NAIA for College-Bound Athletes

About the NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a membership-driven organization dedicated to safeguarding the well-being of student-athletes and equipping them with the skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom and throughout life.

Learn about our Core Purpose and Values

mouseNCAA Eligibility Center

Get started with the NAIA Eligibility Center  Register early with the NAIA Eligibility Center. It's required for any student who plans to attend an NAIA school. By registering, you also have the chance to let NAIA coaches know you're interested in playing in college. Our Connections service allows you to check out which schools offer your sport, major and size that fits your interests. Register today!
Do you wish to participate in NCAA Division I or II Athletics after High School?
If you wish to participate in NCAA Division I or II Athletics, yon need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. You need to qualify academically and you need to be cleared as an amateur student-athlete. You are responsible for achieving and protecting your eligibility status!

General Information on the Eligibility Center
  • Register and update information for the eligibility center.
  • Link to an information and resource page for prospective student-athletes and parents.
  • Online version of the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.
  • Core-course listings for high schools.
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NAIA colleges and universities provide 60,000 student-athletes just like you with opportunities to play college sports, earn $500 Million in scholarships and compete in 25 national championships. 
 
NAIA Member Schools (INTERACTIVE SEARCH)
 
mouseNAIA Eligibility CenterDo you want to play at an NAIA college or university?  The NAIA requires all student-athletes who have never played a championship sport in the NAIA to have their eligibility determined before they can play. If you are Close to High School Graduation - Students do not need to be on a Short List to receive an early decision, and a final transcript is not required if you receive a decision of "Early Decision - Eligible." 
 
What Do You Need to Get Your Early Decision?•  Create an account with a valid email address.•  Pay the one-time registration fee or indicate qualification for a fee waiver.•  Request that your official transcripts after your junior year be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center and contact ACT or SAT to have your test scores sent directly.
Transcripts may not be faxed or emailed. 
 
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GET YOUR EARLY DECISION?
EARLY DECISIONS:  JUNIOR YEAR COMPLETE EARLY
DECISIONS:  MIDWAY THROUGH SENIOR YEARligibility