Guidelines for Prospects and Their Families
Compliance with NCAA and Ivy rules requires diligence on the part of both the Department of Athletics and Princeton University as a whole. Below is a summary of the basic issues that you may be faced with as a prospective student-athlete.
You become a prospective student-athlete if you have started classes for the ninth grade. Before the ninth grade, you also become a prospective student-athlete if Princeton provides you (or your relatives or friends) any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not provide to prospective students generally.
If you play men’s basketball then you become a prospective student-athlete if you have started classes for the seventh grade.
You become a "recruited" prospective student-athlete at a particular college if any coach or representative of athletics’ interest solicits you or your family for the purpose of securing your enrollment and participation in intercollegiate athletics. Activities by coaches or representatives that trigger recruited status are:
• Paying some or all of your expenses during a visit to campus (known as an "official" visit);
• Arranging an in-person, off-campus encounter with you and/or your parent(s) or legal guardian; or
• Initiating or arranging a telephone contact with you, your family or guardian on more than one occasion for the purpose of recruitment.
For more information on NCAA recruiting rules please contact the Compliance office at (609) 258-5312.
Useful Resources for Prospective Student-Athletes
- NCAA Recruiting Chart
- NCAA Website
- NCAA Eligibility Center
- NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete 2015-16 (PDF)
- Princeton University Admission Information
- Princeton University Financial Aid Information
- Ivy League Website
- Ivy League Admissions and Financial Aid Statement (PDF)
- Guide for Alumni and Friends of Princeton Athletics (PDF)
- Princeton Athletics Official Visit Policy
- SAT I & SAT II Test Dates