Compliance

Incoming Freshman Eligibility

The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the initial academic eligibility and amateur status of all college-bound student-athletes, domestic and international, who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics. The initial-eligibility standards for NCAA Division I college-bound student-athletes are changing. College-bound student-athletes first entering a Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2016, will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletically related financial aid (scholarship), practice, or compete during their first year.

Relevant Eligibility Definitions

Full Qualifier: A college-bound student-athlete who may receive a scholarship, practice, and compete in the first year of enrollment.

Academic Redshirt: A college-bound student-athlete who may receive a scholarship in the first year of enrollment and may practice in the first regular academic term (semester or quarter) but may NOT compete in the first year of enrollment. After the first term is complete, the college-bound student-athlete must be academically successful at his/her college or university to continue to practice for the rest of the academic year.

Non-Qualifier: A college-bound student-athlete who cannot receive a scholarship, practice, or compete in the first year of enrollment.

Registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA suggests that individuals who are interested in participating in NCAA Division I or II athletics register with the NCAA Eligibility Center during their sophomore year of high school. The steps are as follows:

  1. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center;
  2. Upon completion of your junior year in high school, send an official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center (NCAA Eligibility Center, Certification Processing, PO Box 7136, Indianapolis, IN 46207); and
  3. Upon taking the SAT or ACT, request that test scores be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center (as well as Ohio State) from the testing agency (Code 9999). The Eligibility Center will not accept test scores as they appear on a high school transcript.
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