Interested in Ivy League Intercollegiate Athletics
FROM: Ivy League Deans and Directors of Admission and Directors of Athletics
We welcome your interest in seeking an education at an Ivy League institution
and participating in our athletic programs. The Ivy League is committed
to seeking individuals who are remarkable both as students and as athletes.
This statement is intended to explain the most important aspects of the
Ivy admission process to students who seek intercollegiate athletic competition.
The principles that govern admission of Ivy students who are athletes
are the same as for all other Ivy applicants. Each Ivy institution:
* admits all candidates including athletes on the basis of their achievements
and potential as students and on their other personal accomplishments;
* provides financial aid to all students only on the basis of need, as
determined by each institution; and,
* provides that no student be required to engage in athletic competition
as a condition of receiving financial aid.
Recruitment of students who want to compete in Ivy intercollegiate athletics
may involve substantial contact with coaches as well as admission officers.
Ivy coaches are both expert in their respective sports and interested
in and sensitive to the academic and social issues that concern college
students. They are encouraged to be knowledgeable about institutional
admissions and financial aid standards, and to be able to discuss those
standards with prospective students.
* At each Ivy institution, however, only the Admissions Office has the
authority to admit an applicant and only the Financial Aid Office has
the authority to determine financial aid precisely and to notify students
officially of their actual or estimated awards.
* Admissions Offices at each Ivy school may offer some athletic and other
candidates a "likely" letter, which has the effect of a formal
letter of admission provided the candidate continues to have a satisfactory
secondary school experience. Coaches may initiate the requests for these
letters, but only the office of admission can issue a"likely"
* Admissions decisions will be communicated only by official written notification
from Admissions Offices, by notification in Early Action, Early Decision
or “regular” processes, or by “likely letters”
after October 1, which are confirmed by one of those notifications. No
other indication of a possible positive admissions result is or should
be considered reliable.
* An Ivy coach may both inquire about a candidate's level of commitment
to an Ivy institution, or interest in attending that Ivy institution,
and encourage that interest. However, a candidate may not be required
to make a matriculation commitment, to withdraw other applications, or
to refrain from visiting another institution, as a condition for receiving
a "likely" letter, or an estimate of financial aid eligibility,
or a coach’s support in the admissions process. In addition, coaches
may not request that candidates not share estimates of financial aid eligibility
with other schools.
For applicants who are being recruited as athletes, choosing a college
may be even more complicated than it is for non-athletes. We suggest that
you consider carefully each of the following recommendations.
1. Start learning about institutions in which you may be interested as
early as you can. The Ivy League web site, which is at www.ivyleaguesports.com,
is linked to the general admission, financial aid and athletic web sites
at each Ivy League institution.
2. Become familiar with the institutions' suggested secondary school curricula
and testing requirements. Take the SAT-1 or ACT tests at times that will
fit with the application process. Some Ivy institutions either prefer
or require SAT-II tests as well, and you should be familiar with those
3. Visit one or more institutions as early in the process as possible.
4. Become familiar with institutions' application deadlines for early
and regular admission and be prepared to file a full admission application
in a timely manner.
5. Apply to be certified as an "initial qualifier" through the
NCAA Division I Certification Clearinghouse. Information about the Clearinghouse
and other NCAA rules for prospective student-athletes is available from
your secondary school counselor, from the NCAA website.
6. Above all, begin as early as you can to think about what kind of academic,
athletic and personal experience you would like to have in college and
what kind of college or university will best provide it. The admissions
process requires institutions to make decisions about you, but even more,
it gives you both the chance and the responsibility to make decisions
In conclusion, we hope this information is helpful and we urge you to
call or write if you have further questions or if any problems or issues
arise. Best wishes for a rewarding and productive senior year.
James S. Miller, Dean of Admissions
Michael Goldberger, Director of Athletics
Jessica Marinaccio, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
M. Dianne Murphy, Director of Athletics
Doris Davis, Associate Provost for Admissions and Enrollment
J. Andrew Noel, Jr., Director of Athletics
Maria Laskaris, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Robert Ceplikas, Acting Director of Athletics
Bill Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Robert Scalise, Director of Athletics
University of Pennsylvania
Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions
Steve Bilsky, Director of Athletics
Janet Lavin Rapelye, Dean of Admissions
Gary D. Walters, Director of Athletics
Jeffrey Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Tom Beckett, Director of Athletics
Council of Ivy Group Presidents
Robin Harris, Executive Director