All prospective students must log on to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net and register for the Amateurism and Academic Clearinghouse (Amateur Clearinghouse is new to the NCAA). All forms must be filled out on-line with a onetime fee of $60 paid via credit card. Official high school transcripts must be sent to the NCAA. ACT or SAT scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the NCAA. Students must respond to all e-mails sent to them concerning further on-line forms.
Students must also have 16 core courses completed in high school to be eligible for NCAA competition:
4 years of English
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
1 year of additional English, math or science
2 years of social studies
4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or from foreign language, non-doctrinal religion or philosophy)
NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse Information
The purpose of the NCAA clearinghouse evaluates a prospective student-athlete's academic record to determine whether she is eligible to participate at a Division I college as a freshman student-athlete.
Clearinghouse Certification Vs. KSU Admission - NCAA Initial eligibility certification from the clearinghouse is separate from college admissions. Each institution makes its own admissions decisions based on established admissions criteria. Students must apply for college admission separately. A prospective student-athlete may gain admission to an institution but not meet NCAA initial-eligibility standards or may meet initial-eligibility standards but not gain admission
Who Should Register? - High school students who intend to participate in Division I athletics as a freshman in college should register with the clearinghouse. Even if you are unsure of whether you will become a student-athlete or not, you should register anyway as gaining NCAA initial-eligibility can sometimes take awhile.
When Should Students Register? - There is no deadline to register with the clearinghouse; however, the clearinghouse recommends that students register after their junior year in high school. Students can register with the clearinghouse by completing the on-line registration form at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net . Please note that students must be registered with and certified as eligible by the clearinghouse to be eligible for an athletics scholarship, practice and intercollegiate competition their first year at a Division I institution.
Requirements for Initial-Eligibility Certification - Students must meet the following academic standards in order to be certified by the clearinghouse:
- Graduate from high school
- Successfully complete a core curriculum of at least 16 academic courses
- Present a minimum required grade-point average in the core course; and
- Achieve a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches the core course grade-point average on the initial-eligibility sliding scale.
ACT and SAT Tests - Students must achieve the minimum required SAT or ACT score before their first full-time college enrollment. Test scores must be achieved under national testing conditions on a national testing date. All prospective student-athletes, including natives of foreign countries, must achieve the minimum required test score on a national testing date.
Students with a learning disability may take a nonstandard test to satisfy test score requirements. In order to take a nonstandard test, students must register for nonstandard testing as outlined by ACT or SAT, submitting a properly documented and confirmed diagnosis. Students must follow procedures governed by ACT or SAT. Students who take a nonstandard ACT or SAT may take the test on a date other than a national testing date, but they must achieve the required test score.
Please note that the ACT sum score is used, not the composite score. To obtain the sum score, add the four sub-scores together (English, Math, Science and Reading). The same applies for the SAT. To obtain the sum score, add the verbal and math sections together. Students may take the SAT or ACT more than one time. If a student takes either test more than once, they may use the best sub-score from different tests to meet minimum test-score requirements.
The SAT and ACT have added a writing component to their tests. The SAT writing section is mandatory, while the ACT writing section is optional. Students should check an institution's admission policy regarding the writing section of the ACT. Some institutions require that incoming students complete the ACT writing section. The writing component of the ACT or SAT will not be used to determine a prospective student-athlete's eligibility status.
Home-Schooled Students - Home-schooled students must register with the clearinghouse and meet the same requirements as all other students. After registering, the home-school student must send the following information to the clearinghouse:
- Standardized test score(s) must be on an official transcript from a traditional high school or be sent
directly from the testing agency
- Transcript listing credits earned and grades (home-school transcript and any other official transcript from
other high schools, community colleges, etc)
- Proof of high school graduation
- Evidence that home schooling was conducted in accordance with state law; and
- List of texts used throughout home schooling (including text titles, publisher and in which courses the text