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Want to Transfer?

The decision to transfer to another school is an important and often difficult one in your college career. Before you act, do your homework. Make sure you understand how transferring will affect you, so you don’t negatively impact your education or your chances to play college sports.

We would like to help make the transition to your next school a smooth one so you may continue your education and, at the same time, continue to participate in your sport. But you have a responsibility in this process as well. You need to learn as much as you can to protect your own eligibility.

Download the Two-Year Transfer Guide

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Download the Four-Year Transfer Guide

Division I One-Time Transfer Exception (New; April 16, 2021)

Division I 2-4 Transfers Flowchart            

Division I 4-2-4 Transfers Flowchart

Division I  and Division II Notification of Transfer Information

Division II 2-4 Transfers Flowchart

Division II 4-2-4 Transfers Flowchart

Division III 2-4 and 4-2-4 Transfer Flowcharts

Learn more about important transfer terms

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Steps to Take Before You Transfer

  1. Decide which school is right for you. Your new school should help you satisfy both your academic and athletic goals.
  2. Learn the transfer and eligibility rules for the NCAA and the new conference and school you plan to join. When you begin to think about going to a new school, understand that the rules are different depending on whether you want to transfer to an NCAA Division I, II or III school, and whether you are currently enrolled at a two-year or a four-year school. In some cases, conference rules can be more restrictive than NCAA rules.
  3. Apply to be admitted to the school you want to attend.
  4. If transferring from a two-year collegiate institution, review two-year transfer best practices to ensure you are positioning yourself for a positive transfer experience.

When Can I Compete?

There are several aspects of your college experience that determine when you may compete after transferring. Depending on your college experience, you may be able to compete as soon as your transfer or you might have to be enrolled full-time for one academic year at your new school before competing. This time is called an academic year in residence and is designed to allow you to become comfortable in your new environment. You will need to work with the compliance office at your new institution to determine when you will be eligible to compete. .


If you have general questions related to the NCAA, please review our most frequently asked questions or contact our legislative team at 317-917-6008. Questions about your specific situation should be directed to your school’s athletics compliance office.