Howard Athletics Office of Compliance
Greetings from the Department of Compliance!
We hope that our Howard University College-Bound Student-Athlete Information and Resource Center will answer many of the questions that you and your parents may have regarding, the NCAA Eligibility Center, Academic Certification, Amateurism, Recruiting, and much more!!!
If at any point and time you wish to contact a member of the Howard University Department of Compliance, please feel free and do so.
Natalie Rogers, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance (202) 806-9121
Please scroll down for information on Prospective Student Athletes, Current Student-Athletes and Friends of Howard Athletics.
“By October 15 of each year, each coeducational institution of higher education that participates in any Federal student aid program and has an intercollegiate athletic program must prepare an EADA report and make it available upon request to students, potential students, and the public.
The OPE Equity in Athletics Disclosure Website is brought to you by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. It was authorized by Congress with the 1998 amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to help prospective students and their families research athletic opportunities on various college campuses. Under the HEA, the Secretary of Education is required to collect financial and statistical information on men's and women's intercollegiate sports and make it available to the public.
If you are interested in being a student athlete at Howard, or any other NCAA institution, this section will help you learn more about the process and recruiting rules.
As a prospective student-athlete you have the potential to become a Howard Bison. Naturally, the University and Department of Athletics would like for all of the prospective student-athletes to be eligible to become a Bison. In order for you to be eligible to compete at HU, the NCAA has specific guidelines that must be followed. This page has been set up to help educate prospective student-athletes about what they need to do and what they need to refrain from doing before they can be eligible to compete for HU. Please note that the scope and complexity of NCAA legislation precludes complete coverage on this website. We suggest, therefore, that you forward additional questions to the Compliance Office at 202-806-9180.
ATTENTION: All prospective student-athletes intending to enroll in an NCAA Division I or II institution for the first time on or after August 1, 2007 must complete the NCAA Amateurism Certification questionnaire. (If you enrolled full time in a Division I or II institution prior to the fall 2007, you do not need to complete the amateurism questions.) Also, prospects who enroll at NCAA Division I and Division II institution beginning fall 2007 MUST supply ACT or SAT scores to the Clearinghouse directly from the testing agencies. Test scores on an official high school transcript will no longer be usable for NCAA purposes. You can use the code 9999 to have your test scores sent directly from the testing agency to the Clearinghouse.
Prospective Student-Athletes: Thank you for your interest in Howard Athletics! If you are an individual who has begun classes for the 9th grade, or if you are a student enrolled at a preparatory school or a two-year college, then you are considered a "prospect". The following information will help you answer any questions you may have about playing for the Bison.
2010-11 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
- New! 2010-11 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete (English)
- New! 2010-11 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete (Spanish)
NCAA Eligibility Center
- Divisions I, II and III Initial-Eligibility Requirements.
- International College-Bound Student-Athlete Information.
- Students with Education-Impacting Disabilities Information.
- Home School Information.
- National Letter of Intent.
Health and Safety Programs
Who to Call / Where to Go
- NCAA Eligibility Center - 877/262-1492 (8:30
a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday).
- Request a new Personal Identification Number (PIN).
- Check the status of an academic certification.
- Questions regarding your initial-eligibility status.
- Case-specific inquiries concerning amateurism cases.
- Questions about the amateurism certification process.
- Questions about the status of a core-course review.
- Questions regarding education-impacting disability services
- NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs (formerly Membership
Services) - 317/917-6008 (noon to 4 p.m. Eastern
time Monday through Friday) for parents, college-bound
student-athletes and the public.
- Questions about NCAA rules.
- New! How do I transfer my account from the old website to the new website?
- How Long Do I Have To Meet Initial-Academic Requirements?
- Questions to Ask As You Consider College
2009-10 Brochures and Presentations
- Roadmap to Initial Eligibility Presentation for student-athletes
- Roadmap to Initial Eligibility Handouts for student-athletes
- Roadmap to Initial Eligibility Presentation for guidance counselors
- Roadmap to Initial Eligibility Handouts for guidance counselors
- New! Initial Eligibility Brochure for student-athletes and parents
- Refund Form
- Student Adjustment Form (SSN change, name spelling change, date of birth change, graduation date change, account merge and amateurism changes)
- Student Matriculation Form
- Transcript Release Form
Document Mailing Address:
Certification Processing, P.O. Box 7136, Indianapolis, IN 46207
877/262-1492 (customer service Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
319/337-1492 (international callers)
NCAA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 7110
Indianapolis, Indiana 46207
877/544-2950 (customer service Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
317/223-0700 (international callers)
NCAA Eligibility Center Registration
What do I need to do to be eligible to play on a Howard intercollegiate athletic team?
You'll need to obtain both academic and medical clearance to practice and compete.
Academic Clearance First, to compete at the NCAA Division 1 level, all incoming freshmen must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. The Eligibility Center is an agency that provides initial-eligibility certification for all first-year student athletes. To receive certification from the Eligibility Center, you must meet the following requirements:
- Graduate from high school
- A minimum sum score on the ACT or minimum combined score on the SAT
- A high school grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a core curriculum of 16 courses. These include the following core courses:
- o English- 4 years
- o Math- 3 years
- o Natural/Physical Science (incl. 1 lab)- 2 years
- o Social Science- 2 years
- o Additional English, Math, or Natural/Physical Science- 1 year
- o Additional Academic Courses (from any category above, or foreign language, social studies, philosophy, computer science)- 4 years
To be cleared by the Clearinghouse, American students must complete the student release form and foreign students must complete the Foreign Student Application, which are both available at www.eligibilitycenter.org. In addition, you must send an official high school transcript demonstrating proof of graduation and SAT/ACT test scores to the Clearinghouse from your high school.