IMPORTANT: If you are interested in playing college sports and being recruited by college coaches please click on our PARENT and ATHLETE links to the left. Please note that by filling out our free recruiting form you are not registering with the NCAA clearinghouse.



NCAA Recruiting Rules. Click here to learn about contact visits.

The NCAA Eligibility Center is an agency of the National Collegiate Athletic Association that certifies the initial eligibility of all perspective student-athletes who register to compete as a freshman athlete at NCAA Division I and II member institutions.

There are over 380,000 athletes who are competing at American colleges. The certification of athletes who compete at Division III level is determined by the school and not the eligibility center.

You need to remember that the NCAA Eligibility Center is not a recruiting agency or service, your registration does not mean that any college will be interested in recruiting you.

High school and international students who want to compete in DI and DII sports need to be certified as initially eligible per NCAA academic and amateurism guidelines.

So what happened to the NCAA Clearinghouse?

The NCAA Eligibility Center has a much broader educational mandate than the former clearinghouse. The Eligibility Center is working hard to ensure college-bound student-athletes, their parents, high school athletics administrators and our members know and understand all the requirements for competing at the Division I and II level.

Eligibility Center Facts -

• Over 160,000 prospective student-athletes submit their credentials every year.
• 65,000 of these athletes will compete at NCAA DI and DII.

• Additional reviews may be required because of questions about amateur or academic credentials.
• Delays can occur when prospective student-athletes don’t submit all the required information on time.

NCAA Eligibility rules and recruiting rules:

One of the first things you need to do if you want to be in line for a college ATHLETIC scholarship is to register and be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. You need to Visit the NCAA Academic Eligibility section of this website to gauge what initial-eligibility standards you need to have.

NCAA Eligibility Center contact information:

NCAA Eligibility Center mailing address:
NCAA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207

NCAA Eligibility Center contact and phone numbers:
Customer service hours – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.

Toll-free phone number (U.S. callers) – Customer service line – 877-262-1492

Phone number (international callers) – Customer service line – 317-223-0700

Fax number: 317/968-5100

NCAA rule change. Athletes must now be placed on the Institutional Request List IRL.

NCAA College Compliance Rules.

Athletic eligibility rules.

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