NCAA Eligibility Standards


How Should the Eligibility Process Work?

Grades 9 and 10

  • Student takes academic college-preparatory courses, preferably one in each of the following areas: English, math, science, social studies and foreign language. The student should compare course selection against the list of NCAA-approved core courses.

Grade 11

  • Student continues to take college preparatory courses in the areas listed above.
  • Student registers for the SAT and/or ACT, making sure to use code 9999 at the time of registration. Using code 9999 will ensure the score is reported directly to the Eligibility Center.
  • Student registers with the NCAA Eligibility Center and completes both the academic information and the amateurism questionnaire.
  • At the end of the student's sixth semester, the guidance counselor sends the student's transcript (or transcripts, if more than one high school) to the Eligibility Center.

Grade 12

  • Student continues to take college preparatory courses in English, math, science, social studies and foreign language.
  • Student registers for additional ACT/SAT tests if necessary, making sure to use code 9999 at the time of registration.
  • On or after April 1 of the senior year, the student goes back into their Eligibility Center account to update their academic and amateurism information and request final amateurism certification.
  • After graduation, the guidance counselor sends the student's final transcript (which needs to include evidence and the date that the student graduated) to the Eligibility Center.

For further information, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center at

  Download: NCAA Freshman-Eligibiliy Standards Quick Reference Sheet


NHL and College Hockey - The Incredible College Hockey Journey

College HockeyFor more than 100 years, college hockey has been a breeding ground for outstanding hockey players and people. Today college hockey players make a bigger impact in the NHL than they ever have, with 30% of the league in 2010-11 coming from the U.S. college ranks.

NCAA hockey is made up 59 member schools across five conferences: Atlantic Hockey, CCHA, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East and the WCHA. The Big Ten has announced plans to begin play in 2013-14. The member teams range as far west as Alaska and as far south as Alabama.

There are a number of reasons to consider the college hockey path:

  • Pro Opportunities: From Martin St. Louis to Ryan Miller, college hockey consistently produces NHL stars and its presence in the league continues to grow.
  • Player Development: With its style of play, emphasis on practice and opportuinity for strength and conditioning, college hockey provides an unparalleled environment for player development.
  • Education: Some of the finest institutions in the world offer college hockey, providing young players exposure to elite educational programs while pursuing their hockey careers.
  • Student Life: The off-ice experience of life on campus, surrounded by fellow students in a supportive environment, is unmatched and often considered the best time of a young person's life.
  • Special Events: Holiday tournaments, conference championships, outdoor games, the Beanpot and the NCAA Frozen Four provide college hockey players the opportunity to play in intense, high-profile special events.
  • History: With traditions unique to each school and a history that traces back to the 1800s, today's college hockey players carry on a proud legacy.

College Hockey, Inc. believes there is no better place to build your skills than college hockey. That said we know young hockey players face difficult choices, and we hope this site helps answer questions you may have about such subjects as:

  • Recruiting: The college recruiting process can be exciting, nerve-wracking and - sometimes - confusing. We provide some background.
  • NCAA Eligibility: To play college hockey it's important to succeed both athletically and academically. Find out what it takes to maintain your academic eligiblity.
  • FAQ: We offer answers to many other common questions about recruiting, major junior, advisors and more.

Every Friday and Saturday night during the college hockey season, two teams play in front of an arena full of hyped-up fellow students, friends, family members and fans. Thousands of fans sing their school fight song after every goal. School spirit creates an atmosphere not experienced anywhere else in the world.

Those are memories college hockey players carry into their NHL careers and beyond. And all terrific reasons to Play It Smart. Play College Hockey.

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