Prospective Student-Athletes


A prospect is anyone who has begun ninth grade OR who has received any sort of benefit from MIT or a booster.

Social Media Guidelines

The MIT Social Media Guidelines have been developed to help current and prospective student-athletes understand the best practices for using social media. This includes, but is not limited to, ways to positively use social media to promote you teams and accomplishments, along with understanding the NCAA rules that relate to social media.

With the ever-changing landscape of social media, the rules also adapt and change and staying updated on the latest regulations is very important as it may effect your athletic eligibility.

For the latest MIT Athletics social media guidelines, please click here or on the graphic on the right.

You can also visit the DAPER of Communications, Promotions and Marketing, located in the Zesiger Athleic Center, if you have any questions or concerns about social media.



Frequently Asked Questions



What is a "prospective student-athlete”?

A prospective student-athlete (also called a “prospect” or a “recruit”) is anyone who has begun classes in ninth grade, regardless of whether or not they participate in a sport.

What is an official visit?

An official visit to MIT by a prospective student-athlete (prospect) is a visit financed in whole or in part by MIT Athletics. MIT may finance only one visit to its campus for each prospect. A prospect may not be provided an official visit earlier than the opening day of classes of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year in high school.

What is an unofficial visit?

An unofficial visit to MIT by a prospect is a visit made at the prospect’s own expense. A prospect may visit the MIT campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times. A prospect may make unofficial visits before his or her senior year in high school.

What is the “48 hour rule”?

An official visit to MIT may NOT exceed 48 hours. This 48-hour clock begins when you arrive on campus. At the completion of the 48-hour visit, a prospect must depart MIT immediately.

What is the MIT coach and college allowed to do for me on an official visit?

On an official visit, a prospect may be provided lodging, meals, access to recreational use of MIT athletics facilities, transportation and entertainment. Local commercial facilities may be used but at a scale comparable to that of normal student life and only within a 30-mile radius of the institution’s campus.

What is the NCAA rule regarding social media platforms?

NCAA regulations allow coaches to friend and/or follow PSA's, however coaches may not publicly post/communicate with PSA's via social media platforms. Communication is limited to private messaging.

Why didn't a coach return my phone call?

Per NCAA regulations, coaches are not permitted to call prospective student-athletes until July 1 following completion of the prospect's junior year in high school. However, a high school student may call a coach at any time, regardless of their year in high school. Although a coach may not be able to return the call, prospects may call at their own expense at any time.

I sent a text message to a coach, but didn't get a text back. Why not?

As of August 1, 2007, NCAA regulations do not allow coaches to text prospective student-athletes. Coaches are allowed to email prospective student-athletes on/after September 1 of a prospect's junior year in high school.

Can I visit campus at any time?

High school students are welcome to visit MIT and the Department of Athletics. However, there are certain dates throughout the year that coaches and other athletics staff members are not able to have contact with prospects. These dates are called Dead Periods and often surround National Letter of Intent signing periods and sport championships. Please contact the coaching staff of your particular sport prior to arriving to campus to ensure you and the coaches may have contact.

When a coach visits a prospective student-athlete during a competition, what is he or she allowed to do during that visit?

First, a college coach is only allowed to speak to those prospective student-athletes who have completed his/her junior year. Second, a college coach may only meet with the prospect after the competition is over when the prospect is finished with the tournament, game or meet. Contact shall not be made with the prospect from the time the prospect reports on call (at the direction of the prospect’s coach or comparable authority) and becomes involved in competition-related activity (e.g., traveling to an away-from-home game) to the end of the competition even if such competition-related activities are initiated before the day or days of competition. Contact shall not be made after the competition until the prospect is released by the appropriate coach and departs the dressing and meeting facility. If the competition is over multiple days, contact shall not be made with the prospect until after the prospect’s final contest is completed and he or she is released by the appropriate institutional authority and leaves the dressing and meeting facility.

What do I do if I want to play a sport but have not been contacted by the coach?

Go to the MIT Athletics Staff Directory, click on your sport. From there, you should be able to fill out a questionnaire and email the coach to express your interest.

How do I try out for a team?

Every team and coach’s tryout procedures are different. Contact the coach of the sport you would like to try out for. The coach can tell you the requirements for team participation.

Do I need to go through the NCAA Eligibility Center to be recruited by MIT?

Any student who will take an official visit at MIT with a women's rowing team will need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. In addition, in order to practice and compete on a women's rowing team at MIT you need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center; therefore, it is a good idea to begin the process early.

If I want to transfer to MIT, how do I do it?

You must obtain a written release stating that your current school grants MIT permission to contact you. The compliance officer at your current institution should send the "permission to contact" directly to John Benedick, Associate Director of Athletics ( After this paperwork has been completed, an MIT coach will contact you.

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