Prospective Student-Athletes

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Incoming Freshmen

If you are interested in being a student-athlete at Maryland, or you are the parent of a potential student-athlete, there are several things that you should know about NCAA eligibility requirements and the recruitment process. The 2013-14 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is a good starting point.

Every prospective student-athletes should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by the end of his or her junior year in high school, because all student-athletes attending an NCAA Division I institution (full-time) for the first time must be certified as an amateur and academically certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. The NCAA Eligibility Center has created a checklist that should be read before registering.

All prospective student-athletes must report their SAT and/or ACT scores to the Eligibility Center. Therefore, when registering for the SAT or ACT, you should input the code 9999 to make sure that the score is reported directly to the Eligibility Center. Additionally, if you are interested in attending Maryland, you should input the code 1746 for the ACT and 5814 for the SAT.

International Students

Any prospective student-athlete who completes secondary or post-secondary education outside the United States is considered an international student. For those individuals, the Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility should be reviewed.

Additionally, if you are a prospective student-athlete who was educated in a country or province in which English is not the only official language, you may be required to complete and submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Transfer Students

Any student-athlete interested in transferring to Maryland from another NCAA member institution must obtain permission to contact from their current or previous institution's athletics compliance department, or director of athletics, prior to communicating with Maryland coaches or athletics department personnel.

Information For Prospective Student-Athletes

Initial Eligibility Quick Facts
Initial Eligibility FAQ's
National Letter of Intent (NLI)
Frequently Asked Questions
Prospect Questionnaire

So you are aware, NCAA rules and regulations prohibit coaches and administrative personnel from sending letters or electronic mail to high school students until after September 1 of their junior year in high school. While we are not permitted to write or e-mail high school students if they are not eligible per the above restriction, high school students are permitted to telephone coaches and administrators prior to the completion of their junior year in high school, but only at the high school student's expense.

Prospective student-athletes are also permitted to contact the admissions office for information regarding the University of Maryland and its academic programs at any time. You may call our admissions office at (301) 314-8385 or submit a request form.

WARNING: If you are a student-athlete enrolled at another four-year institution or if you have been enrolled at another four-year institution in the last year (Division I, II or III), NCAA rules and regulations strictly prohibit us from having any communication with you, directly or indirectly, until that institution grants our institution permission to contact you. You may obtain this permission to contact at the compliance office of your current or previous institution.