Athletics Compliance Office > Prospects > NLI

Notre Dame, like most Division I schools, participates in the National Letter of Intent (NLI) program. Prospective student-athletes receiving athletic aid will sign an NLI. The National Letter of Intent is an agreement among participating schools that once a prospect accepts an offer of athletics financial aid to attend an NCAA school, other NCAA schools will recognize the offer and cease to recruit the prospect.

In order to be eligible to sign an NLI, a high school or preparatory school prospective student-athlete must first register in the NCAA Eligibility Center and complete the amateurism certification questionnaire. Once a prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent, the prospect has then committed to the University of Notre Dame for one year as long as they are accepted for admission and meet NCAA eligibility requirements. The National Letter of Intent is not an offer of admission.

For further information regarding the National Letter of Intent Program, please visit

Register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse at and complete the amateurism certification questionnaire.

In order to be eligible for financial aid, practice and competition during your first year of collegiate enrollment and to participate in four seasons of competition, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Graduate from High School

  • Complete 16 Core Courses

    • 4 years - English
    • 3 Years -Mathematics
    • 2 Years - Science (Natural or Physical)
    • 1 Year - Additional English, Math or Science
    • 2 Years - Social Science
    • 4 Years - Additional academic courses (in any above areas or foreign language, philosophy or nondoctrinal religion

  • Achieve a corresponding core course GPA and standardized test score
  • Facilitate the review of your academic records by providing requesting your high school transcripts and standardized test scores (ACT, SAT) be sent to the Clearinghouse directly from a high school, admissions office and official testing agency
  • Complete the Amateurism Certification process in the Clearinghouse
  • NOTE: The information above will update beginning with the Class of 2016. Visit to learn more.

The calendar day you've signed your NLI, coaching staff members may make unlimited telephone calls to you, your parents or legal guardians. In fact, noncoaching staff members, such as directors of operations, are permitted to contact prospects after they have signed the NLI. Restrictions on the forms of electronically transmitted contacts made to a prospect are lifted once an NLI is signed. For instance, prior to signing an NLI, an institution is limited to email and fax correspondence. In most sports, coaches may text a prospect beginning on the calendar day on which the prospective student-athlete signs an NLI.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

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