The first step in your quest to become a part of Purdue's
intercollegiate athletic program is to register
with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
The questions and answers below should get you started. If
you have more questions, please contact
us or check the NCAA's Guide
for the College-Bound Student Athlete. If you have already
registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center, proceed to Purdue
What is the NCAA Eligibility
Why do I have to register?
The NCAA Eligibility Center is the organization that officially certifies
students as academically eligible to compete in NCAA Division
I or Division II athletics.
When should I register?
If you want to compete in NCAA Division I or Division II
athletics, you must fulfill certain academic requirements,
which include coursework, grade point average, and test
information about academic eligibility requirements).
The NCAA Eligibility Center checks whether you meet these requirements
and certifies your eligibility to play for any college or
university that may be interested in recruiting you.
How do I register?
If you want to play as a freshman, you should register
with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of your junior year of
high school. The NCAA Eligibility Center will not evaluate your record
unless you have completed six semesters of high school coursework.
The NCAA Eligibility Center must have certified your eligibility before
you can receive an athletic scholarship, practice, or compete
at a Division I or Division II institution.
What happens after I submit my
- Pick up an NCAA Eligibility Center application
from your high school guidance counselor. (Your counselor
can call (877) 262-1492 to receive free copies.)
- Complete the student-release form. This form authorizes
your high school to send your academic records to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Mail or fax the top (white) copy of the form to the
NCAA Eligibility Center,
along with the registration fee ($65 for domestic prospects; $95 for international prospects). (Fee waivers are available
for eligible students.)
- Give the yellow and pink copies of the form to your guidance
counselor, who will send the yellow copy and your official
high school transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Your high school
should keep the pink copy for its files.
- After graduation, your school must send the NCAA Eligibility Center
a copy of your final transcript, confirming your graduation
from high school.
What are the NCAA's academic eligibility
During the summer before your senior year, the NCAA Eligibility Center
will send you an evaluation of your academic record. This
evaluation will tell you what high school coursework you
still need to take in order to become certified as eligible
to play NCAA Division I or Division II athletics. Use this
evaluation to schedule courses during your senior year.
How can I get more information?
They are outlined in the NCAA's Guide
for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. On the NCAA
Eligibility Center Web site, you can
find out which courses offered by your high school count
toward freshman eligibility.