Academic Eligibility

Only student-athletes who are eligible to compete may dress in uniform for a game or contest. You have five (5) years to compete for four years, allowing for one red-shirt season. Within each of those five (5) years, you are expected to progress toward your degree by meeting the following QUALITATIVE (GPA) and QUANTITATIVE (credits) requirements.

During Year 1

  • Be enrolled full-time (12 credits) at all times
  • 1.80 GPA after second semester
  • Pass 6 degree credits each semester
  • Pass 18 credits during the academic year
  • Complete 24 credits

Begin Year 2

  • Be enrolled full-time (12 credits) at all times
  • 1.80 cumulative GPA to compete
  • 24 earned credits in residence
  • Pass 6 degree credits each semester
  • Pass 18 degree credits during the academic year

Begin Year 3

  • Be enrolled full-time (12 credits) at all times
  • 1.90 cumulative GPA to compete
  • Declared a major or have pre-major approval on file
  • 40% of the degree requirements complete at the start of the fall term
  • Pass 6 degree credits each semester
  • Pass 18 degree credits during the academic year

Begin Year 4

  • Be enrolled full-time (12 credits) at all times (can be enrolled in fewer than 12 credits if the campus advisor verifies in writing that the student will graduate at the end of the term)
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA to compete
  • 60% of degree requirements completed
  • 5-year graduation plan verified and signed by major advisor
  • Pass 6 degree credits each semester
  • Pass 18 degree credits during the academic year

Begin Year 5

  • Be enrolled full-time (12 credits) at all times (can be enrolled in fewer than 12 credits if the campus advisor verifies in writing that the student will graduate at the end of the term)
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • 80% of degree requirements completed
  • Pass 6 degree credits each semester
  • Pass 18 degree credits during the academic year

NCAA and Big Ten regulations require student-athletes to enroll in a minimum of 12 credits by the first day of class. However, there is an exception for those students who will be graduating at the end of the current term and can provide verification that they are enrolled in the course(s) necessary to complete their degree. This permission must come from the student-athlete's college advisor, not the student-athlete's Fetzer Center advisor. See your Fetzer Center advisor if you have any questions about the required documentation.

Furthermore, if you are on a term-by-term grant-in-aid, the Big Ten requires you to be eligible on the first day of classes for the spring semester in order to compete and receive your athletics aid.

Please speak to your Fetzer Center academic advisor immediately to resolve promptly any eligibility issues.

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