Executive Council

Authorizes Release:

Chief of Staff for the President

Responsible Area:

Athletics Office

Review Cycle:

Annually or as required

Last Review:

August 2023

Related Policies and Additional References:


When a student-athlete has inquired about transferring into or from St. Mary’s University, many factors may determine if he/she is eligible. Please inform the Associate AD/Internal Operations when you become serious about recruiting a transfer. Of special note, even if a transfer is accepted by, and admitted to, StMU, that does NOT mean that the transfer student will be eligible per NCAA rules. There are three criteria that the transfer PSA must meet: 1) admittance to StMU, 2) enough transferable credits based on NCAA rules 3) leaving their current academic institution in good academic standing for four-year transfers. For all transfers, amateurism status must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

NCAA legislation requires that, before any contact can be made to a NCAA student-athlete, permission from the student-athlete’s current institution must be granted. For all NCAA student-athletes they must be in the Transfer Portal prior to communicating with the student. In the case of recruiting NAIA student-athletes, we must notify the current institution of our interest prior to contacting the student-athlete. These notifications are to be sent through the Compliance Office and not by any coaching staff member or student-athlete.

For StMU student-athletes that are interested in pursuing a transfer, placement in the Transfer Portal will occur at their request only after a meeting with the respective head coach.

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