Academic Requirements for Athletic Eligibility


In order to be eligible for athletic practice and competition, student-athletes must adhere to Caldwell University and NCAA policies and regulations.


In order to be eligible for athletic practice and competition, a student-athlete must be officially enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in a degree program.

The minimum number of credit hours needed for full-time status as an undergraduate is 12 semester hours. The minimum number of credit hours needed for full-time status as a graduate student is 9 semester hours.

 Home Study courses do not meet this requirement.

To drop below 12 credits, a student-athlete must notify the Head Coach, Academic Coordinator, and Assistant Director for Compliance and Student Welfare prior to dropping these credits. Students must also submit the necessary paperwork to Take Less than 12 credits Approval must be requested and given prior to the applicable withdrawal deadlines based on the academic calendar. If timely authorization is not granted, the student-athlete may not be able to drop below 12 hours.


 Student-athletes must fulfill the “satisfactory completion” provision of the NCAA per NCAA guidelines as well as meet institutional guidelines. If the guidelines differ, the more stringent guideline is used.

  •  Your athletic eligibility is in jeopardy if your GPA drops below a 2.0.
  • ACADEMIC WARNING and ACADEMIC PROBATION status limits the student-athlete to scheduling no more than 12 credits/semester.
    • When the student-athlete is on academic probation, then he/she is not eligible to practice or compete with the team.
  • Juniors and Seniors must earn the minimum satisfactory grade required for their major courses in order to have those credits apply towards their athletic eligibility (minimum 12 credits in an academic semester; minimum 24 credits in an academic year.

Student-athletes must EARN at least 24 NEW credits from fall to fall. A minimum of 18 credits must be earned during the academic year (Fall & Spring semesters) and only six of the 24 NEW credits may be earned in summer school. A minimum of six credits must be completed each semester to be eligible for competition the following semester. Developmental courses (i.e. 090 courses) may only be considered for athletic eligibility purposes if taken during the first two semesters of collegiate enrollment.

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