College Recruiting



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College Recruiting
This section provides information on becoming and remaining eligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics. It includes information on the Initial-Eligibility Center, as well as guidelines for students who are foreign, home-schooled or disabled. It also contains links to resources that will help high-school students locate colleges and universities that sponsor their sport and compare graduation rates of schools they are considering.

Initial Eligibility Center
All high-school athletes wishing to compete in college must register with the Initial-Eligibility Center. Information about the Center can be found in the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. The NCAA national office does not handle initial-eligibility certifications. Please do not contact the NCAA national office with inquiries regarding an individual’s initial eligibility status, including whether transcripts, student release forms, etc., were received or about when you will be cleared. The Clearinghouse maintains and processes all of the initial-eligibility certifications.

Click Here For Initial Eligibility Center Information

Questions by Prospective Student Athletes
When are coaches allowed unlimited calls to me?

  • At the following times: during the five days immediately before your official visit to that university: on the day of a coach’s off-campus contact with you; during the time beginning with the National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing date in your sport through the two days after the signing date; subsequent to the calendar date on which you sign the NLI

Can colleges send me anything prior to my junior year?

  • Only questionnaires and summer camp brochures

Contacting a Student Athlete
Who can call me on the phone? When? How often?

  • On or after July 1 after the completion of your junior year in high school, faculty members and coaches are permitted to call you, your parents or your legal guardians once a week. However, in the case of Division I Football, coaches may call you one time during the month of May in your junior year, and may not call you again until September 1 of your senior year. Boosters are NOT permitted to call

Can I call coaches collect or toll-free? When?

  • Yes. They may receive calls on or after July 1 after you complete your junior year of high school

What can the school give me during an unofficial visit?

  • A maximum of three complimentary admissions to a campus athletic event which that school’s team is competing, issued through a pass list. Such complimentary admissions are for the exclusive use of the prospect and those persons and those persons accompanying him or her. They can be issued only on an individual game basis

Can I pay my own way to visit a college campus?

  • You may visit an institution’s campus at your own expense an unlimited number of times beginning before your senior year of high school and continuing in your senior year. This is considered an unofficial visit. This will not count toward your 5 officials visits

Official Visits
How many official visits am I allowed to take?

  • Each propective student-athlete is limited to five official visits which may be taken following the opening day of classes of your senior year in high school. They cannot be taken before then

When is a college considered to be recruiting me?

  • If any coach or representative of the college’s athletics interests approaches you (or any member of your family) about enrolling and participating in athletics at that college

Who can recruit me?

  • Only university coaches and staff. Alumni and friends of the university are NOT permitted to contact prospective student-athletes in any way

What must the school have before I take an official visit?

  • The recruiting institution must already have a high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores on file

What else does the clearinghouse need to certify me?

  • After graduation and before school closes for the summer, your high school must send the Clearinghouse a copy of your final transcript that confirms graduation
  • You must also have your ACT or SAT scores sent to the Clearinghouse directly from the testing agency. Either mark code 9999 as one of the institutions to receive your scores, or submit a request for an ‘Additional Score Report’ to the appropriate testing agency

Recruiting Regulations
How do I register with the clearinghouse?

  • Complete the student-release form and mail the top (white) copy of the form to the Clearinghouse along with the registration fee

What is the Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse?

  • If you intend to participate in College baseball as a freshman, you must register with and be certified by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. Your high school counselor should provide you with the student-release form and a red brochure titled, “Making Sure You Are Eligible to Participate in College Sports”

Where can my counselor get registration materials?

  • Free registration materials are available by calling the clearing house at 319.337.1942

Amateurism Certification Clearinghouse
Beginning fall 2006, the NCAA Amateurism Certification Clearinghouse will be the processing center for determining the amateurism eligibility of domestic and international freshman and transfer prospective student-athletes for initial athletics participation at NCAA Divisions I and II member institutions.

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Frequently Asked Questions (click bolded titles of sections for answers)

Academics & Athletics
Elgibility & Conduct

  • Student-Athlete Eligibility
  • Recruiting
  • Sports Wagering
  • Sportsmanship
  • More Information

Education & Research

  • Academic Progress Rates (APR)
  • NCAA Graduation Success Rates(GSR) and Academic Success Rates (ASR)
  • Federal Graduation Rates
  • Scholarships & Internships
  • NCAA Research Staff
  • Conference Intern Seminar
  • Participation Rates
  • Probability of Competing Beyond High School

Personal Welfare

  • Drug Testing
  • Health & Safety
  • Nutrition & Performance
  • Student-Athlete Insurance Programs
  • More Information

Leadership & Diversity

  • Diversity Programs
  • Gender Equity/Title IX
  • Student–Athlete Advisory Committees
  • Leadership Advisory Board
  • National Student–Athlete Day
  • Fellows Leadership Development Program
  • Leadership Conferences
  • Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males
  • Youth

Eligibility & Recruiting

  • Information for College-Bound Student-Athletes and Parents
  • Eligibility
  • Recruiting
  • International Student Athletes
  • Student-Athlete Reinstatement
  • Eligibility Center
  • Amateurism Certification Information
  • Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
  • Administrative Review Subcommittee (ARS) Waivers
  • Agents and Amateurism
  • Sports Wagering

Education & Research
Scholarhips & Internships

  • School-Administered Athletics Scholarships
  • Div. I Degree Completion Award Program
  • Div. II Degree Completion Award Program
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program
  • Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program
  • The Freedom Forum-NCAA Sports-Journalism Scholarship Program
  • NCAA Internship Program
  • Internships at Member Institutions Posted in The NCAA Market
  • Graduate Assistantships at Member Institutions Posted in The NCAA Market
  • More Scholarship & Internship Information

Programs & Events

  • Fellows Leadership Development Program
  • Conference Intern Seminar
  • National Student–Athlete Day
  • Leadership Conferences
  • Health & Safety

Academic Performance

  • Academic Progress Rates (APR)
  • Academic Support Services and Resources
  • NCAA Graduation Success Rates(GSR) and Academic Success Rates (ASR)
  • Federal Graduation Rates


  • NCAA Research Reports
  • NCAA Research Staff
  • Probability of Competing Beyond High School
  • Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report
  • 1988-89 — 2003-04 Supplement on the Decline in Sponsorship in Olympic Sports
  • Sports Wagering
  • University of Nebraska Study of Student-Athlete Experiences

General Information

Related Documents

  • Coaches Recruiting Guides
  • Guide for College-Bound Student-Athletes
  • NCAA Transfer Guide
  • International Student-Athletes
  • Application of Legislation Related to the Division I Men’s Basketball Recruiting Model

Infractions and Enforcement

  • Major Infractions
  • Secondary Infractions
  • Enforcement Information

Legislative Tools

  • Legislative Services Database (LSDBi)
  • Compliance Assistant
  • Forms and Deadlines

Tools & Resources

  • 2007-08 Compliance Forms
  • Certification/Self-Study & Training
  • Regional Rules Compliance Seminars
  • Compliance Reviews

Related Information

  • Membership Services
  • Check on the Status of a High School
  • Eligibility Center
  • Student-Athlete Reinstatement
  • Certified Basketball Events and Summer Leagues
  • Summer Baseball Leagues