The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the organization through which the nation's colleges and universities speak and act on athletic matters. Click here
for schools sponsoring each of the sports in which the NCAA conducts a championship.
In order to participate in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or Division II institution and receive athletically based financial aid, student athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
and meet academic and amateurism eligibility standards. The Guide for the College Bound Athlete
will help you understand the NCAA rules for becoming a college student-athlete. Register with the Eligibility Center in your junior year of high school. Send your official ACT or SAT scores to the NCAA using code 9999. In the spring of your junior year, request your transcript through the NCAA Eligibility Center web site (the NCAA requires 6 semesters of grades that are completed in June of junior year). At the end of your senior year, the NCAA will need your final transcript (all 8 semesters) as proof of graduation.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) offers 23 national championships in fall, winter and spring sports. (Search here
to find NAIA institutions that sponsor these varsity sports.) If you wish to participate in NAIA sports you must register with the NAIA
to have your eligibility determined. Send your official ACT or SAT scores to the NAIA by using the code 9876. In the spring of your senior year, request GBN to send your official final transcript, once your graduate, to the NAIA. The NAIA requires an official transcript upon graduation from high school. The NAIA Guide for the College Bound Athlete
will help you understand the NAIA recruiting and eligibility rules.