Commitment to Academic Excellence
Academic Eligibility Policies
General Eligibility Rules
To be eligible to practice and/or compete,
- Have been admitted as a regular degree-seeking student according
to the published entrance requirements of your academic school.
- Be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies (at least
12 semester degree-seeking hours) and maintain satisfactory progress
toward a baccalaureate degree at your institution.
- Insure all semester hours must count toward the program you
are currently in, and must be verified by school academic advisor.
- Designate a major by the beginning of your third year of enrollment.
- Be able to earn your designated baccalaureate degree within
five years from the date you started college full time.
- Be aware of the eligibility implications of any changes you
make in your program of study. If your degree is no longer achievable
in five years you will be ineligible. Discuss these implications
with both your school and athletic academic advisor.
New Eligibility Requirements for Student-Athletes
Entering College in 2003-04 and beyond
The NCAA revised the continuing eligibility requirements
for all student-athletes entering college in 2003-04 for the first
time. Freshmen who first enrolled in 2003-04 will be accountable
for the following NCAA eligibility requirements:
- Twenty-four (24) semester hours of academic credit before the
student-athlete enters his or her second year of collegiate enrollment;
- Eighteen (18) semester hours per academic year (beginning with
the second year); and
- Six (6) hours of academic credit per term.
- Increase the minimum percentage of degree requirements a student-athlete
must satisfy to be eligible for competition from 25/50/75 to 40/60/80
(for student-athletes in five-year degree programs, the increase
would be from 20/40/60 to 33/50/67). Student-athletes entering
their second year of enrollment would be required to have 90 percent
of the minimum grade-point average necessary to graduate, to maintain
the minimum cumulative grade-point average that must be presented
for student-athletes entering their third year of college at 95,
and increase to 100 percent of that required for graduation by
the fourth or subsequent year.
- Require all currently enrolled student-athletes to earn six
credit hours per term effective after the fall 2003 academic term.
Student-athletes will be provided the information
by their athletics academic support services advisor regarding the
above information. All student-athletes are encouraged to ask questions
regarding the new eligibility requirements.
Credit Hour Requirements
- If you drop below 12 credit hours during the semester, you are
immediately ineligible to practice, travel, and compete.
- You can enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours, if it is the last
term of your degree program and you are carrying the credit hours
necessary to finish your degree.
- Seventy-five percent of the credit hours required for satisfactory
progress must be earned during the regular academic year. No more
than 25 percent of the credit hours you need for satisfactory
progress can be earned during the summer. For example, you must
complete a minimum of 18 credit hours during the regular academic
- Freshmen who take non-degree credit courses such as MA 111 may
count these credits toward eligibility requirements only during
the first two years of residency.
- Summer school credit from another institution may be used to
satisfy eligibility requirements only after your second year and
if the course can be applied toward your degree program. These
credits will most likely not count toward your IGPA. Before you
enroll in a class outside Purdue, please check with your athletics
academic advisor. You must have an official transcript on file
at Purdue University by 5 p.m. on the first day of the fall semester.
- Per NCAA 126.96.36.199.4, you must receive prior approval for summer
courses at other institutions to count towards your eligibility.
Grade Point Requirements
- If you repeat a course to better your grade, only the grade
in the most recent attempt will be used in determining your IGPA
regardless of the grade earned.
- Courses that are deleted (red-lined) due to CODO changes are
still used in the calculations of your IGPA, even though the credit
hours do not count toward eligibility.
- Purdue University accepts credits from other accredited institutions
(four-year and junior colleges). Credits are subject to review
before being accepted by Purdue University.
- In addition, only the credits, not the actual grades, will be
posted; your IGPA is based only on courses taken at Purdue University
or its branch campuses.