Information for Prospective Student-Athletes

NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete available here (PDF)

Recruiting Definitions

  • Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospective student or legal guardian(s) by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution's athletics interests for the purpose informing the prospective student about Brown University, its athletics program and participation in intercollegiate athletics at Brown University.
  • A Contact occurs any time a college coach says more than hello during a face-to-face contact with a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents off the college’s campus.
  • During a Contact Period a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.
  • During an Evaluation Period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.
  • During a Quiet Period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.
  • During a Dead Period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.
  • Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an Official Visit. During an official visit the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect, lodging and three meals per day for both the prospect and the parent or guardian, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a home sports event. More information about visits to Brown available here.
  • Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are Unofficial Visits. The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event. More information about visits to Brown available here.
  • Additional information about the recruiting time periods can be found on the NCAA Website under Recruiting Calendars.
  • This chart compares recruiting among Divison I sports, and the permissible activities that coaches may engage in throughout a prospect' s (prospective student-athletes) high school career.

Eligibility

  • All entering college freshmen must meet the applicable NCAA initial academic eligibility requirements in order to participate in athletics at Brown University. All entering freshmen must have graduated from high school, successfully completed a core curriculum, and taken a national standardized test. Your core curriculum GPA and standardized test scores will be reviewed and applied to the NCAA initial eligibility index. This will identify your initial eligibility status and determine if, and to what extent, you are able to participate in intercollegiate athletics as an entering freshman.
  • For information on visiting Brown University, please view the following webpage: Visiting Brown University. You may access the forms required in advance of an offical visit as well as the regulations governing prospects on campus.

  • For specific NCAA rules concerning financial aid please view the following webpage: NCAA Financial Aid Regulations