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NCAA Initial Eligibility and New Campus Visit Rules – Courtney A. Kresl, Purdue Athletics Compliance Department.

Dear High School Administrators/Coaches/Parents & Student-Athletes,
My name is Courtney Kresl and this summer I worked as an intern for the Purdue Athletics Compliance Department. I am also a student-athlete on the Women’s Swim Team and majoring in Math Education with an expected graduation date of December 2020. My internship this summer has allowed me to learn more about the NCAA including the initial eligibility requirements for student-athletes upon graduation from high school. This experience has been helpful as I have career aspirations that include teaching and working with high school athletes. I loved my time at Carroll High School (Fort Wayne) and want to help the next generation of college student-athletes.
As my internship comes to an end I wanted to share with you my final project from this summer. Which was to put together resources that would be helpful to high school administrators and students. Attached are a few educational resources to highlight current and new NCAA rules:
Initial Eligibility Brochure – information on initial eligibility for prospective student-athletes
  • Highlights 4 academic requirements for prospective student-athletes to meet before enrolling in college full-time
  • Includes a recommended plan for each year of high school
  • Explains ‘sliding scales’ and how to use them
  • Refer to http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future 
    for any extra information
New NCAA Legislation regarding Official and Unofficial Visit Rules
  • Title of new rule includes the date that it is effective
  • States old rule followed by the new rule and how it is specifically changing is noted
Another helpful resource may be to sign up for the monthly newsletter from the NCAA that includes updates on rules and information. The link to sign up is:
Hopefully, you will find this information to be helpful and it will aid you in guiding your students in their journey to becoming collegiate student-athletes. Speaking from experience, I know this process can be confusing and stressful but also fun at the same time! Please feel free to pass along this information to other staff members and students throughout your school.
Athletic Compliance Intern
Women’s Swimming & Diving Student-Athlete 
Purdue University – Division of Intercollegiate Athletics