Complimentary Admissions to Home Athletics Events for Prospects: NCAA rules permit prospective student-athletes to receive no more than three complimentary admissions to a home contest. These complimentary admissions are obtained by the coaching staff member that is recruiting you placing your name and the names of individuals accompanying you on a pass list created by the Athletics Tickets Office. Hard copies of tickets will not be provided to you at any time. Prospects receiving these complimentary admissions are required to present a photo-identification at the pass gate at the site of the contest and register those individuals accompanying them. Prospective student-athletes are prohibited by NCAA rules from selling their complimentary admissions or receiving any type of benefit for the use of these complimentary admissions. Accommodations can be made to provide additional complimentary admissions to prospects with non-traditional families.
Elements of an Athletics Scholarship: Athletics scholarships can be provided in various manners but are restricted by NCAA rules in the total value of a scholarship. A full athletics scholarship at any NCAA institution can cover no more than tuition and required fees, room, board and required books. Room and board can be provided by paying the actual cost of the student-athlete living in an on-campus housing facility and utilizing the dining facility or by providing student-athletes that live off-campus with room and board stipends to be utilized to cover their living expenses. Tuition and fees scholarships will typically pay the actual cost of these expenses unless a specific dollar amount is set in the student-athlete's scholarship agreement.
Headcount sports (Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, and Women's Tennis) typically provide their scholarship student-athletes with full scholarships. Equivalency sports (Baseball, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Equestrian, Women's Soccer, Softball, Men's Tennis, Track and Field, and Wrestling) typically provide their scholarship student-athletes with partial scholarships that are determined by the program's head coach.
Employment Restrictions for Prospective Student-Athletes: NCAA rules permit prospects to be employed by an institution or its representatives but only after the completion of the high school prospect's senior year in high school. Two-year college prospects may not be employed until the individual has withdrawn or graduated from the two-year college. NCAA rules do require that student-athletes and prospects be paid only for work actually performed and that they be paid at a rate commensurate with the work being performed, their level of experience and amount of time committed to the work. Employers of student-athletes and prospects cannot provide transportation for student-athletes to and from work unless the employer provides transportation to all employees doing the same type of work as the student-athlete being transported. Also, employers of student-athletes and prospects may not utilize the student-athlete's name, picture or likeness in promoting their business or product. Any student-athlete or prospect that accepts pay for work not performed, excessive pay, impermissible transportation or permits his or her name, picture or likeness to be used to promote a business or product has put his or her eligibility at risk. If you have questions contact the Office of Athletics Compliance. NCAA rules prohibit any prospect from working camps (on a paid or volunteer basis) prior to their initial term of full-time enrollment during a regular term (fall or spring) at the institution.
Fees and Expenses not covered by an Athletics Scholarship: Even student-athletes that are on full scholarship will likely have expenses related to their admission, enrollment, housing and meal plans at Oklahoma State University that are not covered by their athletics scholarships. Fees, such as admissions application fees, housing application fees and deposits, and parking permit fees, are not covered by an athletics scholarship and will be placed on a student-athlete's bursar bill. It is the responsibility of each student-athlete to pay these fees not covered by his or her scholarship in order to maintain enrollment at the institution. Most importantly, parking tickets and fines are not covered by an athletics scholarship and must be paid by the student-athlete. If you have any questions regarding your bursar bill upon your enrollment at Oklahoma State University please contact the Bursar's Office or the Office of Athletics Compliance.
National Letter of Intent Program: Oklahoma State University participates in the National Letter of Intent program and has implemented policies related to the use of the program that adhere to NLI guidelines and related NCAA recruiting legislation. Additional information regarding the National Letter of Intent program can be found by clicking here.
NCAA Amateurism Regulations: NCAA rules restrict student-athletes from receiving pay, prize money or benefits for their participation in athletics even before the student-athlete enrolls in college. In addition, NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from participating on teams in which players are compensated as professionals for their participation even if the student-athlete was not compensated in any fashion. NCAA rules can be quite complex and should be reviewed in detail by prospective student-athletes prior to participating in any competition. Additional information regarding NCAA amateurism legislation can be found by clicking here.
NCAA Banned Substances List: Student-athlete that participate in intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I level are subject to year-round and post-season drug-testing to determine if student-athletes are utilizing any substances on the NCAA Banned Substances List. Any student-athlete found to have levels of any banned substances faces possible suspension from participation or the loss of all eligibility to participate. The NCAA Banned Substances List can be accessed by clicking here.
NCAA Guide to the College Bound Student-Athlete: For students that are considering participating in intercollegiate athletics upon graduating from high school the NCAA has developed the Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete. This document can be accessed by clicking here.
NCAA Eligibility Center: The NCAA Eligibility Center is used by all NCAA Division I and Division II institutions to certify the eligibility of student-athletes to practice or compete in intercollegiate athletics and receive athletics scholarships during the student-athletes' initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment. It is the responsibility of each student-athlete to register with the clearinghouse and submit all documents needed to certify the student's eligibility, including final high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores. Information on the NCAA Eligibility Center including on-line registration can be found by clicking here.
NCAA Initial-Eligibility Requirements: Your eligibility to practice, compete and receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of collegiate enrollment is dependent upon your performance in core course at the high school level, your performance on either the ACT or SAT, and your completion of all requirements to be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. NCAA Initial-Eligibility Requirements can be accessed by clicking here or by visiting the NCAA Eligibility Center website.
Big 12 Conference rules prohibit any non-qualifier that initially enrolls at a conference institution from participating in athletics competition or receiving athletics at any point (on a part-time or full-time basis)without having previously met two-year college or four-year college transfer requirements.
OSU Official/Unofficial Visit Policy: Oklahoma State University is committed to providing prospective student-athletes with a positive recruiting experience that accurately reflects the manner in which our student-athletes traditionally live, socialize and interact with the community while enrolled as students at the institution. Like all NCAA Division I institutions we have developed a visit policy that reflects our commitment to this process being positive. The Oklahoma State University Official/Unofficial Visit Policy can be accessed by clicking here.
Prospective Student-Athletes' Responsibilities Related to Admissions and Housing: Each prospective student-athlete that intends to enroll at Oklahoma State University and participate in intercollegiate athletics is responsible for submitting necessary applications, transcripts, test scores and deposits related to the admissions and housing process. An athletics scholarship at Oklahoma State University, like any other NCAA Division I institution, does not exempt a future student from completing these processes and the responsibility for submitting any needed admissions applications and fees, housing application and deposits and all required high school and/or college transcripts and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT). Please note that a prospective student that has not been admitted to Oklahoma State University when pre-season practice and/or the semester begins may not participate in any practice or game activities or receive housing and/or meal expenses from Oklahoma State University until the admissions process has been successfully completed. For prospective student-athletes entering from high school, the admissions and housing processes should be completed independent, but concurrent with the process to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Any questions by prospective student-athletes regarding Oklahoma State University's admissions process and the determination of on-campus housing assignments should be initiated with Rod Johnson of the Academic Student Services unit.
Unofficial visits, Restrictions based upon NCAA Recruiting Calendar: A prospect may visit an institution at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times and may make unofficial visits prior to his or her senior year in high school. NCAA rules prohibit prospects from making unofficial visits during designated dead periods as outlined in the prospect's sport's NCAA recruiting calendar. As a result, prospects should communicate with a member of the coaching staff before visiting our campus in order to verify that his or her planned unofficial visit is not during a designated dead period.