NCAA membership has three separate rules for each division that determine an individual’s eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Prospective student-athletes have to meet the minimum academic standards and amateurism criteria to be able to swim in college. The NCAA Eligibility Center administers the process for prospective student-athletes seeking eligibility.

The eligibility requirements include the following:

1. Academic Standards

2. Amateurism


For students interested in swimming in college, please see the NCAA eligibility center website.



College coaches may be interested in recruiting a swimmer.  The NCAA defines recruiting as “any solicitation of prospective student-athletes or their parents by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution’s athletics interests for the purpose of securing a prospective student-athlete’s enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.”  NCAA member-schools rules create an equitable recruiting environment that promotes the student-athlete's well-being. The rules define who may be involved in the recruiting process, when recruiting may occur and the conditions under which recruiting may be conducted. Recruiting rules seek, as much as possible, to control intrusions into the lives of student-athletes. 

2013 Recruiting Calendar