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Academic Guidelines

International college-bound student-athletes must submit the following academic documents:

  • Your academic records for years nine and up, in your native language and translated to English
  • Proof of graduation, including certificates, diplomas or final leaving exams
  • SAT or ACT scores

Failure to include any of these items may delay review of your records. In certain situations, the NCAA Eligibility Center may ask for additional academic documentation to clarify that your academic information is complete, valid and accurate. For more information, call the NCAA Eligibility Center’s international academic certification staff at 317-917-6222.

Academic records include documents such as transcripts or yearly grade reports and mark sheets or official leaving exam results.

If English is not the primary language of instruction at the school you attended, you must submit complete, literal word-for-word, line-by-line certified English translations for all your documents in the same format as the original, native language documents. The translator may not be related to you.

The translator must provide a letter including the following information:

  • Appropriate stamps or seals explaining his or her qualifications as a translator
  • The translator’s full name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address or other means by which the authenticity of the translation can be verified

A professor of the language at the NCAA school recruiting you may provide a line-by-line English translation, with a signed cover letter stating the professor’s role at the school, on school letterhead. The documents must be sent in a sealed university envelope either by the professor or the admissions office. The NCAA Eligibility Center does not accept documents sent by athletics department staff or coaches, and does not accept documents made or sent by any college not in NCAA Division I or II.

Because the Eligibility Center does not return documents, if your secondary school can give you only one set of official academic documents and cannot provide a translation service, you should:

  1. Ask your school to provide you with the certified copies of your documents
  2. Have the certified copies of your documents translated by a certified translator
  3. Return the certified copies and the original translated documents to your school
  4. Ask your school to send the certified copies and translated documents to the Eligibility Center.

If your secondary school can give you multiple certified copies of your academic documents but does not provide a translation service, you should:

  1. Ask your school to send originals or certified copies of your academic documents to the Eligibility Center
  2. Ask your school to provide you with certified copies of your documents
  3. Have the certified copies of your documents translated by a certified translator
  4. Ask the translator to send the certified copies and original translated documents to the Eligibility Center

If original documents cannot be submitted, you may submit certified, attested copies of the original documents. Photocopies of documents sent by a United States high school or a third-party are not accepted. You must submit official school-stamped copies created and stamped by the school which originally issued you the documents.

If the college recruiting you sends your secondary school documents to the NCAA Eligibility Center, the documents must be certified copies sent by mail from the college’s admissions office. The packet should include a cover letter on university letterhead from an authorized admissions officer containing:

  • The date when the admissions department received the academic documents
  • The chain of custody of the documents, including names and titles of all individuals involved in producing the documents and sending them to the admissions department
  • A statement by an authorized admissions officer that the documents are authentic and official copies of original documents received through the mail by the admissions department
  • Signature of the college’s director of admissions

Country-specific exceptions to this policy can be found in the NCAA Guide to International Standards.

Proof of Graduation

You must submit proof of graduation showing you completed upper secondary or pre-university schooling. Proof of graduation may be called a final diploma, a leaving exam, a maturity certificate, a record of learning, a higher certificate or something else but it must include the official name or type of diploma and the date issued.

For more information on acceptable proof of graduation, please see country-specific lists in the NCAA Guide to International Standards.

If your proof of graduation includes a leaving certificate, maturity exam, record of learning, higher certificates or exam certificates, you must submit original academic documents or copies certified by your secondary school. Exam results must be exam-board-issued results. A list provided by your school or a computer-printout from an exam officer is not acceptable.

Test scores

When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code 9999 so your scores are sent directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores on transcripts will not be used in your academic certification. Paper test score results and results from TOEFL exams will not be accepted.

You must take the SAT or ACT before enrolling full-time in college. If you take the SAT or ACT after graduating high school but before enrolling full-time in college, the college recruiting you must submit a matriculation form confirming you took the test before enrolling full-time in college.