Thank you for your interest in Columbia Athletics. On this page you will find important information and resources designed to educate prospective student-athletes and their families regarding NCAA recruiting rules and eligibility requirements. Please do not hesitate to contact the Compliance Office if you need further guidance.
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WHO IS A “PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE?”
A prospective student-athlete is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade. Before the ninth grade, you also become a prospective student-athlete if Columbia 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.
This comprehensive NCAA publication provides everything you need to know when considering participation in collegiate athletics: NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete (click Download PDF for free copy)
WHAT IS “RECRUITING?”
Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospect or a prospect’s relative by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution’s athletics interests for the purpose of securing the prospect’s enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.
NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER
All prospective student-athletes who wish to participate in NCAA Division I or II intercollegiate athletics need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center, formerly known as the NCAA Clearinghouse. This entity certifies the academic and amateur status of prospective student-athletes. Prospective student-athletes must be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center prior to going on an official visit at any Division I institution. Transfer student-athletes who intend on enrolling in a Division I institution for the first time must also register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and have their amateur status certified. www.eligibilitycenter.org
NCAA ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS
For information pertaining to the high school academic requirements prospective student-athletes must meet in order to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center, please click on the following link: http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/file/2011-12_Quick_Reference_Sheet.pdf
THE IVY LEAGUE
Ivy League schools share a tradition of academic excellence and broad-based, successful NCAA Division I athletics. As you pursue opportunities to study and compete in intercollegiate athletics, please keep in mind the following admissions and financial aid policies common to all Ivy League schools.
Ivy League Admissions and Financial Aid Policies
Financial Aid for Prospective Student-Athletes
Student-Athlete Questionnaires (by sport)
IVY LEAGUE SITES