The National Collegiate Athletic Association serves as the athletics governing body for more than 1,300 colleges, universities, conferences and organizations. The NCAA is committed to the student-athlete and to governing competition in a fair, safe, inclusive and sportsmanlike manner.
There are three divisions within the NCAA. One of the differences among the three divisions is that colleges and universities in Divisions I and II may offer athletic scholarships, while Division III colleges and universities may not. All students who are interested in competing in NCAA Division I or II athletics will need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center as having met the academic and amateur requirements. We strongly encourage all student athletes who are interested in competing at the Division I or II level to meet with their College Counselor as soon as possible in their high school career to make sure that they are on track to meet all of the requirements. To learn more about the NCAA and the NCAA Eligibility Center, please checkout the links in the Resources column on the right.
NCAA Test Scoring Information
In January 2023 the NCAA permanently removed a requirement that first-year Divisions I and II athletes earn a qualifying SAT or ACT score to participate in sports.
The shift stems from an NCAA plan to advance racial equity, which entailed studying athletes’ eligibility requirements like admissions testing.
NCAA officials had waived these testing mandates starting in 2020, when COVID-19 began to spread and shut down typical exam sites.