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.  Nearly half a million college athletes make up the 19,500 teams that send more than 54,000 participants to compete each year in the NCAA's 90 Championships in 24 sports across 3 divisions.

 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?


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.


College Bound Student Athlete Guide

​​Initial Eligibility


NCAA Freshmen-Eligibility Standards Quick Reference Sheet
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

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

NAIA Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Center FAQs

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

Eligibility Center Contact Info

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:
Phone(toll free): 877/262-1492
Fax: 317/968-5100