In order to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, as a prospective student-athlete you need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. You will need to qualify academically and also need to be cleared as an amateur student-athlete, so the Compliance Office recommends that you register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of your sophomore year in high school. Please utilize the resources and links at the bottom of this page for further information!
Below are the steps that you need to follow in order to be fully certified to compete with the Golden Grizzlies:
- Allow at least 15 minutes to one hour to completely register. If you need to exit and come back at a later time you can save and exit once you have created an account.
- Go to www.eligibilitycenter.org.
- Click "NCAA College-Bound Student-Athletes: Enter Here"
- Click on the "New Account" button at the top right of the screen, or the cell phone on the left side of the screen, to register.
- You will be asked to fill out information that will complete registration, please fill out the information below AS COMPLETELY AS YOU CAN:
- A valid email address (which will be active after you complete high school)
- Basic personal information (name, address, DOB, etc.)
- Basic education history (list ALL high schools/secondary schools you have attended)
- Additional coursework (courses from another HS, dual enrollment, internet courses, etc.)
- Sports Participation History (details for ANY team which you have practiced or competed with, as well as individuals who may have advised you or marketed your skills in a sport; complete this history for all sports you may participate in as a college student-athlete)
- You will be asked to create a password (alphanumeric). WRITE THIS PASSWORD DOWN as you will need it to login to the website in the future. Creating an account will generate a unique 10-digit NCAA ID number for you. Also write this number down as you will need it should you make an official visit to a college during your senior year.
Once you have completed registration you need to be certified as BOTH a) academically eligible to compete; and b) as an amateur student-athlete. The NCAA Eligibility Center oversees both the academic and amateur certification processes.
When you login to the website after registering, you will see a list of "My Tasks" to be completed. Any task in red is one that needs to be completed, and any task in blue has been completed. It is YOUR responsibility to complete these tasks in a timely fashion, so it is recommended that you check your email (at the address you provided during registration) AND the website frequently throughout your senior year. Delays in completing these tasks might affect your eligibility to compete!
The NCAA Eligibility Center will prompt you to send an official copy of your high school/secondary school transcripts directly from your school to the Eligibility Center. These need to be official transcripts, which cannot be faxed to the NCAA. It is recommended that you send in official transcripts at the end of your junior year, again completion of your first semester of your senior year, and immediately after graduation from your high school/secondary school.
The NCAA Eligibility Center will also ask you to send an official ACT or SAT score directly from the testing agency. If you are taking the ACT or SAT, fill in the code 9999 and the agency will automatically send your scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you do not do this, you will have to request they be sent electronically from the testing agency's website. Scores that are reported on a transcript will not be accepted.
In determining your academic eligibility for Division I, the Eligibility Center will determine whether you have completed 16 core courses, which must include:
- 4 years of English;
- 3 years of Math;
- 2 years of Natural/Physical Science (one of which must have a Lab component);
- 1 additional year of either English/Math/Natural or Physical Science;
- 2 years of Social Studies; and
- 4 additional core courses (including from the categories above).
To find your particular school's list of core courses, click on the "List of Approved Courses" on the Eligibility Center Website, or ask your school's Guidance Counselor. If your school is not listed, please contact the NCAA Eligibility Center. Once you have sent in all of your documents, the NCAA Eligibility Center will be able to report either your Preliminary or Final Academic Certification.
The NCAA will calculate your "Core GPA", and then match that GPA to an inverted scale (the "sliding scale") of ACT or SAT scores to determine your academic eligibility. More information on core courses and the "sliding scale" can be found in the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.
Your final status cannot be determined until you have sent in proof of graduation, so it is important that you submit a final high school transcript, with proof of graduation and all of your SAT/ACT scores to the NCAA as early as you can. Failure to send in your official transcripts or test scores in a timely fashion may result in your eligibility being affected, so it is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are eligible for intercollegiate athletics!
In order to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, you must be certified as an amateur student-athlete. The NCAA Eligibility Center will determine the amateurism eligibility of all freshman and transfer college-bound student-athletes for initial participation at Oakland University.
When you register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, you will be asked questions about your participation in athletics. The information you provide will be reviewed and a determination will be made as to whether your amateurism status should be certified or if a penalty should be assessed before certification. If a penalty is assessed, you will have an opportunity to appeal the decision.
The following pre-NCAA enrollment activities may be reviewed:
- Contracts with a professional team.
- Salary for participating in athletics.
- Prize money.
- Play with professionals.
- Tryouts, practice or competition with a professional team.
- Benefits from an agent or prospective agent.
- Agreement to be represented by an agent.
- Delayed initial full-time collegiate enrollment to participate in organized sports competition.
- Any financial assistance based on athletics skills or participation.
Any time before your initial college enrollment after April 1 (October 1 if you will be initially enrolling at OU in a Winter Term) you must UPDATE the amateurism questionnaire and request a FINAL Amateurism Certification. You will not be able to update this information before this date, but the answers must be up-to-date and current (with an electronic signature that certifies you have answered truthfully) for you to be eligible to receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice or compete in your first year of enrollment.
RESOURCES AND LINKS FOR THE NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER