NCAA Transfer Rules – Attending Junior College? Make sure you’re a Qualifier!

Student-Athletes who start their college career at a junior college, should keep in mind the NCAA eligibility and transfer rules that may apply to them should they end up transferring from the JUCO to an NCAA Division I or II program.

Why?  So that the athlete can meet the academic eligibility requirements for a 2-4 transfer to be immediately eligible for competition when they transfer to the NCAA college.

I recommend that all high school athletes – in any sport – who desire to play at the college level should strive to achieve the academic requirements to be a “Qualifier” for NCAA Division I and II. It is possible to be a Qualifier for Division II, but NOT for Division I, so athletes should strive to achieve both.

If you’re a “Qualifier” it will make the transfer process from junior college easier as you will have fewer academic requirements to satisfy for eligibility.

A “Non-Qualifier” who attends a JUCO and then plans to transfer to a Division I or II program is required to graduate from the JUCO and/or will be required:

  • To attend the JUCO for at least three semesters, and
  • To have at least six-semester hours of transferable English credit, three semester-hours of transferable math credit, and three semester hours of transferable science credit.

If you have questions about this article, freshman eligibility requirements, the transfer process, or about recruiting or scholarship rules, don’t hesitate to call Rick Allen at 913-766-1235 or send an email to  Get the latest news & updates from Informed Athlete, sign up for our newsletter!

About Rick Allen

25+ years NCAA Rules Expertise, including Director of Compliance at 2 major DI schools

Former President of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC)

Conducts compliance reviews and audits at NCAA Schools throughout the U.S.

Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership status

Dad of a DI & DII student-athlete

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