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Academic Eligibility 

The Student-Athletic Academic Support Program offers academic advising and support to help student-athletes successfully meet the demands of their athletic and academic schedules. The Assistant Athletic Director for Academics meets with student-athletes on a regular basis to assist in their academic success and monitor their progress towards a degree.  A degree will consist of basic studies courses, major courses, electives and/or minor coursework.           

Student-athletes need to be aware of the academic requirements instituted by the university and NCAA for academic eligibility. As a student-athlete, you must be in good academic standing and meet the academic requirements set by the universityas outlined in the UNCW Undergraduate Catalogue. It is your responsibility to be familiar with and in compliance with these requirements in addition to the NCAA academic requirements. Frequently asked questions on academic eligibilty can be found at the Registrars Office Web-site.

The NCAA has mandated academic requirements for student-athletes to be eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics.  For your convenience, a synopsis of the requirements is listed below which is not inclusive of all NCAA requirements, and the Department of Athletics should be consulted for a thorough review.

Freshman Academic Requirements

A freshman student-athlete (first, full-time entering student) must be registered with and receive certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center to be eligible for practice, competition, and an athletic scholarship during the first academic year in residence. Freshman student-athletes must receive a "qualifier" certification or a "partial" certification to be a UNCW student-athlete. Qualifiers are eligible to practice, compete, and receive an athletic scholarship as freshmen and have the opportunity to utilize for four seasons of athletic eligibility within five years. A partial qualifier is eligible to practice only at the university and to receive an athletic scholarship during the first academic year in residence. Partial qualifiers can not compete the first year and are granted three years of competitive eligibility; however, the fourth season of eligibility may be granted if a student-athlete receives a baccalaureate degree by the beginning of the fifth academic year and can be eligible for an athletic scholarship. If a student-athlete receives "non-qualifier" certification, he/she cannot practice, compete or receive an athletic scholarship at UNCW as per CAA policy.

If a recruited student-athlete reports for athletics participation prior to receiving initial-eligibility certification, the student-athlete may practice, but not compete, for a maximum of two weeks. A certification decision must be received in order to practice or compete beyond the two-week period.

If a non-recruited student-athlete reports for athletics participation prior to receiving initial-eligibility certification, the student-athlete may practice, but not compete, for a maximum of 45 days. A certification decision must be received in order to practice or compete beyond the 45-day period.

Continuing Student-Athletes' Academic Requirements

Subsequent to a student-athlete's first academic year in residence or after the student-athlete has utilized one season of eligibility in any sport, academic requirements must be met in order to certify a student-athlete eligible for practice, competition, and an athletic scholarship. Student-athletes must always be registered as full-time students before their certification of eligibility is approved for practice, competition or an athletic scholarship. If a student-athlete is academically ineligible to compete, the opportunity to practice or receive an athletic scholarship may also be jeopardized.

Satisfactory progress requirements for continuing eligibility for competition is summarized below but may not be inclusive of all NCAA regulations:

NCAA Requirements

  • Enroll as a full time student (12 hours).All student-athletes must be enrolled as full-time students (12 hours).
  • Successfully earn at least 6 semester hours in the previous regular academic term of full-time enrollment to be eligible to compete in the next regular academic term.
  • Mustearn a minimum total of 24 hours at the completion of a full academicyear of full-time enrollment to be eligible to compete in the next regular academic term.A minimum of 18 semester hours are required to be completed for satisfactory progress duringthe fall and spring termat the conclusion of the 2nd academic term. No more than 6 of the minimum number of semester hours can be completed during the summer.
  • Designate a program of studies leading toward a specific baccalaureate degree by the beginning of the third year of enrollment (fifth semester) and thereafter make satisfactory progress toward that specific degree.
  • Complete successfully at least 40% of the course requirements in the specific degree program by the third year (5th semester), 60% by the fourth year (7th semester), and 80% by the fifth year (9th semester) of enrollment if eligible for the 5th year.
  • Maintain a grade-point average that places the student-athlete in good academic standing by the university and NCAA required cumulative minimum grade-point average (based on a 4.00 scale) at the beginning of each semester of the second year of enrollment that equals at least 90% of the overall cumulative grade-point average required for graduation-1.8gpa:and at the beginning of each semester of the third year of enrollment that equals at least 95% of the overall cumulative grade-point average required for graduation-1.9gpa: and at the beginning of each semester of the fourth and fifth year of enrollment that equals at assistance least 100% of the overall cumulative grade-point average required for graduation-2.00gpa.

SUMMARY OFTHE NEW DIVISION I ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITYREQUIREMENTS

-Updated version- 

  [Note:This is intended as a summary only and does not include significant detail.]

 Entering Second Year of Collegiate Enrollment2

  • 24 hours
  • 18 hours earned during academic year
  • 6 hours per term
  • A maximum of 6 semester hours of remedial courses may be used in the first year
  • 90% of GPA for graduation
  • 1.8 GPA  Required for Eligibility

Entering Third Year  of Collegiate Enrollment3

  • 18 hours earned during academic year
  • 6 hours per term
  • Declaration of degree program
  • 40% of degree (requirements)
  • 95% of GPA for graduation
  • 1.9 GPA Required for Eligibility

Entering Fourth Year of Collegiate Enrollment4  

  • 18 hours earned during academic year
  • 6 hours per term
  • 60% of degree requirements
  • 100% of GPA for graduation
  • 2.0 GPA  Required for Eligibility

 Entering Fifth Year of Collegiate Enrollment5 

  • 18 hours earned during academic year
  • 6 hours per term
  • 80% of degree requirements
  • 100% of GPA for graduation 
  • 2.0 GPA  Required for Eligibility

*[Note:  The NCAA Division I Board of Directors adopted Proposal No. 03-26 which increases the number of core courses to 16 (i.e., one dditional math and one additional in any core area) for student-athletes first entering a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2008.]

#[Note: The NCAA Division I Board of Directors adopted Proposal No. 03-25 which requires institutions to certify the grade-point average requirement on a term-by- term basis.]

What GPA do I need to remain academically eligible to take courses at UNCW?

Total Retention Hours
(Quality Hrs. + Transfer Hrs.)
Good Academic
Standing
Academic
Probation
GPA Required
to Remain Eligible to
Continue at UNCW

1 - 45

2.00

1.75 - 1.99 1.75
45 - more 2.00  

2.00