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What is the Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse?

If you intend to participate in Division II athletics as a freshman, you must register with and be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Your high school counselor should provide you with the student-release form and a red brochure titled, "Making Sure You Are Eligible to Participate in College Sports."

How do I register with the Clearinghouse?

Click on the link that we have provided in the Prospective-Student Athlete Tools and submit the information requested.

What else does the Clearinghouse need to certify me?

After graduation and before school closes for the summer, your high school must send the Clearinghouse a copy of your final transcript that confirms graduation from high school. You must also have your ACT or SAT scores sent to the Clearinghouse.

How do I have my test scores sent to the Clearinghouse?

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. You can accomplish this by marking code 9999 as one of the institutions to receive your scores, or submit a request for an "Additional Score Report" to the appropriate testing agency.


Effective August 1, 2018

For prospective student-athletes first entering a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2018, you must meet the new Academic Eligibility. The core requirements are:

  • 3 years of English
  • 2 years of Mathematics (Algebra or higher)
  • 2 years of Natural/Physical Science
  • (1 year of lab if offered by high school)
  • 3 year of additional English, Math or Natural/Physical Science
  • 2 years of Social Science
  • 4 years of additional courses (from above or foreign language, comparative religion, or philosophy)
  • Earn at least a 2.2 GPA in your core courses
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum scorematching your core-course GPA on the Division II sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible. 

What if I don’t meet the requirements?

If you enroll full-time at a Division II school, and you have not met all the Division II academic requirements, you may not compete in your first year. However, if you meet the requirements to be a partial qualifier, you may practice and receive an athletics scholarship in your first year at college. To be a partial qualifier, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Earn at least 2.0 GPA in your core Courses
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core course GPA on the Division II sliding scale

When do I become a prospective student-athlete?

When you start ninth-grade classes. Before the ninth grade, you become a prospective student-athlete if a college gives you (or your relatives or friends) any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not provide to all prospective students.

When is a college considered to be recruiting me?

If any coach or representative of the college's athletics interests approaches you (or any member of your family) about enrolling and participating in athletics at that college.

Who can recruit me?

Only North Greenville University coaches and staff. Alumni and friends of the college are NOT permitted to contact prospective student-athletes in any way.