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Home » Student Handbook » Eligibility for Varsity Sports

Eligibility for Varsity Sports


For a student to be eligible for any intercollegiate competition, a member institution must ensure that the student conforms to the following regulations:
    1. The student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have earned a graduation equivalent degree (GED).
    2. All students must be enrolled in a recognized academic program and be making progress towards a 2/4 year degree at the attending college.
    3. All students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits at time of participation. If a student is enrolled in less than 12 credits, he/she will be considered part-time for eligibility purposes
    4. Second semester students must: a) pass 12 credit hours his/her first term, b) must have achieved a GPA of 1.6.
    5. Thereafter, all students must pass 24 credit hours the preceding terms of attendance.
    6. After accumulating 24-48 credit hours, the student must have achieved a 1.75 cumulative GPA. 
    7. After accumulating more than 48 credit hours, the student must achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
    8. Summer and inter-term credit hours can be used to satisfy the 12/24 credit hour rule and GPA requirement. Summer credit hours should be attached to the preceding spring term for eligibility purposes. Winter term credits should be attached to the first semester.
    Eligibility, Termination and, Re-Establishments
    1. Each student is limited to four seasons of college competition within the respective sport.
    2. If a student is not enrolled as full-time status for 12 consecutive calendar months, he/she may return to a USCAA member college and be immediately eligible. Upon matriculating to a USCAA member institution following a one-year leave of absence, student-athletes will adhere strictly to all USCAA guidelines, including normal progress requirements.
    3. A student who has not been identified with an institution during the first term does not become eligible to participate for second term until the first day of class. 
    4. A student who has graduated from a two-year institution the preceding semester shall be immediately eligible to participate.
    5. Military exemptions will be granted to students whose careers are interrupted by service in the military.
    6. A senior in a four-year college may be enrolled in less than 12 credits, if he/she is taking the credits necessary to complete graduation requirements.
    7. Students with a bachelor's degree are ineligible for athletic competition with the USCAA.
    Student athletes may complete one year of eligibility as a graduate student, only if they are participating as a full time student at the institution for which they received their bachelor's degree.

    Transfer Requirements
    1. If a student transferring to a member institution has ever participated in intercollegiate athletics, the student must have been academically and athletically eligible had he or she remained at that institution. If the transferring student is ineligible, they are required to complete one full academic year of residence at the certifying institution before being eligible to compete for the member institution. An academic year shall be completed when the student is enrolled in and completed a minimum full-time program of studies for two full semesters or three full quarters
    2. Students transferring into USCAA member colleges during a mid-season sport shall be eligible to participate immediately, provided that each institution's athletic director signs off on the transfer, and that the student was academically eligible at the institution he/she is transferring from.
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