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Eligibility: Academic and General Requirements (Article 14)

Division II’s initial-eligibility requirements are based on research that shows students who meet the minimum standard are prepared to handle college-level coursework when they arrive as freshmen. From there, goals are set for each academic year to ensure student-athletes progressively advance toward their degree while competing in their sport. Standards are also in place for transfer students who want to gain immediate access to athletically related financial aid, practice and competition to help ensure academic preparedness and success.

At the 2014 NCAA Convention, Division II adopted a “Path to Graduation” legislative package that changed the division’s initial-eligibility, progress-toward-degree, and two-year transfer requirements. The changes raised the initial-eligibility GPA requirement for student-athletes enrolling on or after August 1, 2018, to a minimum of 2.2 for qualifiers (up from 2.0) and established for the first time two sliding scales for full and partial qualifiers that allows lower standardized test scores to be offset by higher high school core course GPAs.

Changes to progress-toward-degree and two-year transfer requirements became effective August 1, 2016. This included an increase to the term-by-term credit hour requirement to 9 (up from 6), an 18-hour requirement for the regular academic year (fall/spring), a 24-hour annual credit hour requirement (cumulative of 48 after two years), and a minimum 2.0 GPA requirement during each year of enrollment (no longer based on credit hours earned). The adopted package also included changes to two-year transfer requirements that feature an increase in the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 (up from 2.0), the addition of a natural science requirement, and a limit on physical activity credits. Further, student-athletes who graduate from a two-year institution immediately before transfer are eligible regardless of qualifier status, GPA or core course requirements.