NCAA transfer portal

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NCAA transfer portal
Type of site
Student athlete database
Compliance tool
OwnerNational Collegiate Athletic Association
ServicesStudent athlete college transfer
RegistrationAccess limited to NCAA members
LaunchedOctober 15, 2018; 5 years ago (2018-10-15)

The NCAA transfer portal is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) application,[1][2] database,[3] and compliance tool[4] launched on October 15, 2018,[4] to manage and facilitate the process for student athletes seeking to transfer between member institutions. The transfer portal permits student athletes to place their name in an online database declaring their desire to transfer.[5] Athletes enter the portal by informing their current school of their desire to transfer; the school then has two business days to enter the athlete's name in the database.[5] Once an athlete's name is entered in the database, coaches and staff from other schools are permitted to make contact with the athlete to inquire about their interest in visiting the campus and accepting a scholarship.[6] The transfer portal is intended to bring greater transparency to the transfer process and to enable student athletes to publicize their desire to transfer.[4] The transfer portal is an NCAA-wide database, covering transfers in all three NCAA divisions, although most media coverage of the transfer portal involves its use in the top-level Division I.

New regulations were adopted in 2021 allowing student-athletes in Division I football, men's and women's basketball, men's ice hockey, and baseball to change schools using the portal once without sitting out a year after the transfer. This regulation placed all NCAA sports under the same transfer rules, as the so-called "one-time transfer" rule had long been in place for all other D-I sports, as well as all sports in Divisions II and III.[7][8]

Transfer windows

On August 31, 2022, the Division I board adopted a series of changes to transfer rules, introducing the concept of transfer windows, similar to those used in professional soccer worldwide. Student-athletes who wish to take advantage of the one-time transfer rule now must, under normal circumstances, enter the portal within a designated window for their sport. These windows are slightly different for each NCAA sport, but are broadly grouped by the NCAA's three athletic "seasons".[9]

  • Fall sports[a] – A 45-day winter window opening the day after championship selections are made in that sport, and a spring window from May 1–15. According to the NCAA, "reasonable accommodations" would be made for participants in football's FBS and FCS championship games (respectively the College Football Playoff National Championship and Division I Football Championship Game[b]), both of which take place in early January. More specifically, participants in those games have a 14-day window opening on the day after the championship game,[10] as well as the spring window.
  • Winter sports[c] – A 60-day window opening the day after championship selections are made in that sport.
  • Spring sports[d] – A winter window from December 1–15, and a 45-day spring window opening the day after championship selections are made in that sport.
  • For sports included in the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program,[e] transfer windows are the same as those for fully recognized NCAA sports. As with fully recognized NCAA sports, transfer windows linked to championship events open on the day after selections are made for the generally recognized championship events in emerging sports.[10]

Student-athletes whose athletic aid is reduced, canceled, or not renewed by their current school may enter the transfer portal at any time without penalty. This exception also applies to those undergoing a head coaching change.[9]

Less than a month after transfer windows were adopted, the Division I Council adopted a change that affects only graduate transfers. Student-athletes who are set to graduate with remaining athletic eligibility, and plan to continue competition as postgraduate students, are exempt from transfer windows. They may enter the portal at any time during the academic year, subject only to deadlines of May 1 for fall and winter sports and July 1 for spring sports.[11]

Because the Ivy League allows neither redshirting nor athletic participation by graduate students,[f] athletes at its member schools who are set to complete four years of attendance but still have remaining athletic eligibility may enter the portal at any time during their fourth academic year of attendance.[13]


  1. ^ Cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, women's (indoor) volleyball, men's water polo
  2. ^ The NCAA has never operated an official championship at the FBS level; the official name of the FCS playoffs is "NCAA Division I Football Championship".
  3. ^ Basketball, bowling, fencing, gymnastics, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, indoor track & field, men's wrestling
  4. ^ Baseball, beach volleyball, golf, lacrosse, rowing, softball, tennis, outdoor track & field, men's volleyball, women's water polo
  5. ^ Acrobatics & tumbling, equestrian, rugby union, triathlon, wrestling. Rugby is a fall sport, wrestling a winter sport, and the others spring sports.
  6. ^ Because the Ivy League shut down nearly all sports in 2020–21 due to COVID-19 issues, the conference issued a one-time-only exception to the prohibition of graduate student participation in the 2021–22 academic year.[12]


  1. ^ NCAA Transfer Portal User Guide (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. October 2018. The Transfer Portal is an NCAA application to manage the transfer process for Division I and II student-athletes.
  2. ^ NCAA Transfer Portal User Guide (PDF). 2.0. National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2019. Google Chrome is the recommended browser to use the transfer portal.
  3. ^ Chip Scoggins (July 30, 2019). "NCAA's database for prospective transfers topples barriers for athletes". Minneapolis Star Tribune.
  4. ^ a b c Johnson, Greg (Fall 2019). "What the NCAA Transfer Portal Is... and What It Isn't". Champion. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved December 6, 2022. The concept seemed simple: an online interface that helps athletics compliance officers do their jobs efficiently. But for sports fans hungry for information on lineups, the Transfer Portal has become so much more.
  5. ^ a b Brutlag Hosick, Michelle (June 13, 2018). "New transfer rule eliminates permission-to-contact process" (Press release). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved December 6, 2022.
  6. ^ "Want to Transfer?". Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  7. ^ "NCAA ratifies new one-time transfer rule". The Dartmouth. April 30, 2021.
  8. ^ "DI Council adopts new transfer legislation" (Press release). NCAA. April 15, 2021. Retrieved August 25, 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Division I Board adopts changes to transfer rules" (Press release). NCAA. August 31, 2022. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Bylaw Notification of Transfer". NCAA Legislative Services Database. NCAA. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
  11. ^ "DI Council modifies transfer rules for postgraduate students" (Press release). NCAA. September 21, 2022. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  12. ^ Borzello, Jeff (February 11, 2021). "Ivy League allowing one-time waiver for grad students to play in 2021–22 due to COVID-19 pandemic". Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  13. ^ Borzello, Jeff (February 12, 2020). "Is the Ivy League transfer policy helping players or hurting them?". Retrieved September 17, 2022.