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Division I Academic Eligibility

Initial Eligibility

Prospective student-athletes who would like to participate in Division I athletics must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and meet academic requirements while still in high school.  In 2016, the academic standards changed, and prospective student-athletes must meet enhanced requirements to compete during their first year.

Continuing Eligibility

Student-athletes at a Division I school must meet specific academic benchmarks, called progress-toward-degree requirements, to continue competing.  The progress-toward-degree requirements guide student-athletes toward graduation. The standards ensure student-athletes take the appropriate steps to earn their degree and include everything from grade-point average to term-by-term and annual credit hour requirements.

Transfer Eligibility

Two-Year College Transfers

Student-athletes who attend a two-year school must meet certain academic benchmarks to compete during their first year at the four-year school.  Students who do not meet these benchmarks may seek an NCAA waiver.  These benchmarks are built upon research and better position student-athletes to succeed at the four-year institution.

Graduate Transfers

Student-athletes who earn a bachelor’s degree prior to the end of their athletics eligibility may go on to compete as graduate students for another school provided they meet certain criteria or obtain an NCAA waiver.