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College-Bound Student-Athletes


College athletics encompasses a variety of different opportunities for students to compete in a sport at the college level, and there are several items that must be completed throughout your high school years from eligibility, standards, transcripts, test scores, and more. The two most prominent associations are: 

  1. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is divided into different divisions – Division I, Division II, and Division III. NCAA Guide to the College-Bound Student-Athlete
  2. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) also offers athletic opportunities at 250 institutions. NAIA Guide to the College-Bound Student-Athlete

Each association and division maintains different initial-eligibility requirements and standards so it is important to be familiar with the one where you will be competing. If you are unsure where you will attend yet, it would be best to satisfy the most rigorous set of requirements (NCAA – Division I) as this will keep your options open for the most opportunities.

Please consult with your Mater Dei school counselor to be preliminarily evaluated on your progress for NCAA initial-eligibility academic requirements (Core Courses, GPA, test scores, etc.).

  • If you are being actively recruited by an NCAA Division I or II school and have a Profile Page account, transition it to a paid Certification account
  • At the end of the school year, send an official transcript from each high school attended to your NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Center account. Mater Dei students should send in transcripts on their own through Parchment.
  • Complete the Transcript Release Form if you would like MD to share your unofficial transcript with interested coaches/schools.


  • Review your NCAA eligibility progress with your school counselor 
  • If you take the SAT/ACT, submit your scores to the NCAA (9999) and/or NAIA (9876)
  • Ensure your sports participation information is correct in your NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Center account
  • Confirm that all official transcripts from each high school attended have been sent to your NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Center accounts, including 9th, 10th and 11th grade


  • Request your final NCAA amateurism certification beginning April 1 (fall enrollees) or October 1 (winter/spring enrollees) 
  • After you graduate, send your final high school official transcript to your NCAA/NAIA accounts. Be sure to confirm that official transcripts have been sent from all high schools attended. 

*View the NCAA’s comprehensive High School Timeline and Registration Checklist

  • The event covered important information about NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Center portals, initial-eligibility requirements, high school timeline, and more topics that all students interested in competing in college should know. 
  • This year’s presentation can be viewed here: NCAA College Night PowerPoint 
  • For additional information and resources, please email our College-Bound Student-Athlete Programming Coordinator, Mr. Riche. He and your School Counselor are here to support you through this process!