Prospective Student-Athletes

All future VCU Rams and their family members should be aware that there are many NCAA rules and regulations that they will need to become familiar with as they progress from prospective student-athletes to current VCU student-athletes. Many of those rules and regulations relate to initial eligibility standards and the recruiting process and can be found in the 2019-2020 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. VCU prospects should click on the additional links under this section for more information. Any further questions regarding, NCAA, A-10 conference, or VCU rules and regulations should be directed to the VCU Athletics Compliance Office.

Who is a Prospective Student-Athletes?

Under NCAA legislation, a prospective student-athlete is anyone who:

  • Is in the 9th through 12th grade in high school;
  • Has not yet started the 9th grade, but has received financial assistance or other benefits from VCU;
  • Is enrolled at a two-year college;or
  • Is a student-athlete from a four-year college for whom has a notification of transfer.

Note that while some communications, contacts, and publicity restrictions are lifted after a prospective student-athlete signs a national letter of intent (NLI) with VCU, the signee remains a prospective student-athlete until he or she become a student-athlete.