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This page is intended to highlight some topics pertinent to you as a prospective student-athlete (also known as a prospect or recruit). It is difficult to cover every possible rule and regulation governing prospects and recruits. Therefore, please always contact a Compliance Office staff member before taking any action that may be contrary to NCAA rules.

Initial Eligibility

The NCAA has created rules that determine an individual's eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Prospective student-athletes must meet minimum academic standards and amateurism criteria in order to play college sports. To understand more about the initial eligibility process, please see the following links:

NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
Initial Eligibility Brochure
Initial Eligibility Quick Reference Sheet
Taking the ACT
Taking the SAT

Figuring out your initial eligibility:

Students Entering College AFTER August 2016
High School Core Course Lists
Initial Eligibility Worksheet

International and amateurism information:

International Student-Athletes FAQs
International Student-Athletes Academic Standards
Amateurism Certification

NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all college-bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I athletics. Please see the following links for more information on the NCAA Eligibility Center:

NCAA Eligibility Center Website
Registration Checklist

National Letter of Intent (NLI)

The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospect and an NLI member institution. A prospect agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters), and in turn the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for at least one academic year (two semesters or three quarters) to the prospect. To view more information about the NLI, please see the following links:

NLI Website and Calendar of Signing Dates
About the NLI
NLI Frequently Asked Questions
Reference Guide to the NLI
NLI Signing Tutorial

Admissions and Financial Aid

The University of Wisconsin is a world-class university, nationally and internationally recognized for our academic excellence, incredible students, inspiring faculty, exceptional value, and an amazing campus and community. We invite you to learn more about UW-Madison and our academic programs, admission process, costs and financial aid, campus visits and more.

Admissions Home
Why Wisconsin?
Apply to the University of Wisconsin
Financial Aid Information
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
About the FAFSA

Academic Eligibility

Once enrolled in college, student-athletes have various academic requirements they must meet in order to remain eligible for practice and competition. University of Wisconsin student-athletes must meet these academic standards in order to remain eligible.

The Office of Academic Services assists Wisconsin student-athletes by providing, through an enriching environment, the maximum opportunity for academic achievement. The Office of Academic Services will render quality academic support and guidance for student-athlete success. To provide the best possible collegiate experience, the staff will work in partnership with coaches, faculty and administrators to empower student-athletes.


The Compliance staff is here as a resource for you. Please feel free to contact the Compliance Office with any questions you may have.

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