Official and Unofficial Visits

Official Visits

Number Permitted

A prospective student-athlete may take a maximum of five expense-paid visits, with no more than one permitted to any single institution.

First Opportunity to Visit

In all sports except men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete may not come on an official visit prior to the first day of classes of the prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school. In men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete may take an official visit beginning January 1st of their Junior year in high school. In women's basketball, a prospective student-athlete may take an official visit beginning the Thursday following the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship game of the prospect's Junior year in high school.

Requirements PRIOR to Visit

  • Prospective student-athlete must provide high school (or college) academic transcript and ACT, PLAN, PSAT or SAT test score.
  • Prospective student-athlete must be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center and be placed on Michigan's institutional request list (IRL)

Length of Official Visit

An official visit may not exceed 48 hours. The starting time for an official visit can vary based off of a variety of factors. For more information concerning the time when an official visit starts, refer to When Does the Visit Start? Get Acrobat Reader

Expenses Michigan May Pay For

Travel expenses -- Airfare or mileage for the prospective student-athlete, provided he or she returns to the original point of departure, their home, educational institution or competition site. Expenses may not exceed round trip transportation to/from the original point of departure. In sports other than basketball, only a prospect's travel expenses may be paid. A prospect's friends or relatives may receive cost-free transportation to visit the campus only when traveling by automobile with either the prospect or a member of the UM coaching staff. In addition, an institution may only pay a prospect's actual costs for reasonable expenses (e.g., meals, lodging) incurred while traveling to and from campus for an official visit and may not pay any expenses for any of prospect's friends or relatives. In basketball, an institution may pay travel expenses for both a prospect and the prospect's parents or legal guardians (up to two people). In addition, an institution may pay a prospect's and his/her parent's or legal guardian's actual cost for meals and lodging that are incurred while traveling to and from campus for prospect's official visit.

Lodging -- During the 48-hour visit period, lodging may be provided to the prospective student-athlete and his or her parents/legal guardians. Additional persons (e.g., prospect's brother, friend) may stay in the same room, but Michigan may not pay for any charges for additional occupants. In select instances, lodging may also be paid by the institution in the locale of campus prior to the visit for the prospect only.

Meals -- In sports other than football, the prospect and his or her parents may be provided with three meals per day and an additional snack during the 48 hours of the visit. The prospect and their family must pay the cost of meals for additional persons (e.g. brother, friend). In football, the prospect and up to four family members may be provided with three meals per day and an additional snack during the 48 hours of the visit. The prospect and his family must pay the cost of meals for additional persons not included in the four family members (e.g., friend).

Complimentary Admissions -- A prospect may be provided up to three complimentary admissions to a home athletics event on an official visit. Admissions must be administered through a pass list. Michigan may provide up to two additional complimentary admissions for the prospect's parents, should a non-traditional family structure (divorce, separation) exist. In football, a prospect may be provided up to two additional complimentary admissions in order to accommodate family members accompanying the prospect to attend a home athletics event.

Unofficial Visits

Definition -- A prospective student-athlete may visit an institution's campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times. Unofficial visits may begin prior to his or her senior year in high school.

Location Restriction -- While in the presence of coaches, prospects must remain on- campus during an unofficial visit. A prospect may interact off-campus with currently enrolled student-athletes as long as the off-campus interaction is not at the direction of the coaching staff.

Lodging -- Prospects on an unofficial visit may stay in an enrolled student-athlete's dorm room on an unofficial visit.

Meals -- A prospect must pay the actual cost for any meals he or she eats on an unofficial visit.

Complimentary Admissions -- A prospect may be provided up to three complimentary admissions to a home athletics event on an unofficial visit. Admissions must be administered through a pass list. Michigan may provide up to two additional complimentary admissions for the prospect's parents, should a non-traditional family structure (divorce, separation) exist. Michigan may not reserve additional tickets to be purchased by the prospect or those accompanying the prospect on an unofficial visit.

Activities During Visits

During both official and unofficial visits, prospects should be introduced to typical campus life and should not include any type of entertainment excessive in nature (helicopter, limo). During a campus visit, the following are impermissible:

  • Personalized recruiting aids such as audio or video scoreboard presentations or gameday simulations.
  • Any arranged activity revealing, demonstrating or displaying a PSA's athletics ability in any sport (tryout or practice session).
  • Receipt of free or reduced price gear.
  • Access to an automobile for use by a prospect.

During both official and unofficial visits it is permissible for Michigan, through its regular team or other designated physician, to conduct a medical examination to determine a prospect's medical qualifications to participate in intercollegiate athletics. During the examination no athletics department staff member other than the athletics trainer may be present and the examination cannot include any test or procedure designed to measure the athletics ability or skill of the PSA.