ACIA

NCAA Eligibility

Eligibility guidelines for NCAA Division I student-athletes*

 
Hours
GPA
%
Other

After

2 semesters

(1 year)

Have completed at least 24 credit hours -

a maximum of 6 can count from summer school

At least a 1.80*

 

Not Required

 
None
After

4 semesters

(2 years)

Have completed at least 18 credit hours during fall and spring semesters combined

At least a 1.90*

40% of degree requirements - 50 hours for most Missouri State majors**

Declare a major

After

6 semesters

(3 years)

Have completed at least 18 credit hours during fall and spring semesters combined

At least a 2.00*

60% of degree requirements - 75 hours for most Missouri State majors**

Major declared

After

8 semesters

(4 years)

Have completed at least 18 credit hours during fall and spring semesters combined

At least a 2.00*

80% of degree requirements - 100 hours for most Missouri State majors**

Major declared

* Based on a 2.00 GPA
** Includes general education classes

Additional information

It is important for all of your classes to count toward general education, a major, or a minor to stay on track for meeting the required percentage of degree completion.

You must be a full-time student to maintain eligibility. This means you must be registered for at least 12 hours each semester. Any dropped class must be approved by the Athletics Administrator who oversees your sport.

Freshmen: You must pass at least 18 hours during the regular school year (fall and spring) to be able to use a maximum of 6 hours of summer school to reach 24 for the year. If you pass 17 hours or less during the regular year, you will not be eligible.

The GPA requirement must be met each semester. For example, if you are required to have at least a 1.80 at the beginning of your 3rd semester, you must also have at least a 1.80 at the beginning of your 4th semester.

You must pass a minimum of 6 hours at Missouri State each semester to be eligible for competition in the following semester. Summer school cannot be used to meet this requirement. This is an NCAA rule.

If your team's post-season championship occurs after the end of a semester (i.e. in May or June), you must pass a minimum of 6 hours in that semester to be eligible for any competition that occurs after the scheduled conference championship. This is a Missouri State rule.

6/18/24 Rule

Freshmen:  You must pass a minimum of 24 credit hours each academic year.  This includes the fall and spring semesters and a limited number of hours from summer school.

You may count a maximum of 6 hours from summer school toward the total of 24.  This is known as the 75/25 rule because at least 75% of the credit hours for the academic year must come from the fall and spring semesters while only 25% can come from summer school.  Therefore, you must pass at least 18 hours in the fall and spring combined in order to be eligible for the following fall semester.

After your first year:  You must pass a minimum of 18 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters combined to meet this rule.

Also, you must pass a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester to be eligible for competition in the following semester.

6-Hour Rule

You must pass a minimum of 6 credit hours in a given semester in order to be eligible to participate during the following semester.  The 6 credit hours must be taken at Missouri State during the regular semester.  Summer school and intersession courses cannot be used to make up a deficiency.

In addition, Missouri State has added to this rule.  If your team's NCAA post-season tournament occurs after the end of the regular semester, you must pass at least 6 credit hours in order to be eligible to compete.

90/95/100 Rule (GPA)

After 2 semesters, you must have a grade point average of at least 90% of what is considered good academic standing (2.00 at Missouri State).  Therefore, you would need a minimum of a 1.80 GPA in order to be eligible.

After 4 semesters, you must have a grade point average of at least 95% of what is considered good academic standing (2.00 at Missouri State).  Therefore, you would need a minimum of a 1.90 GPA in order to be eligible.

After 6 semesters, you must have a grade point average of at least 100% of what is considered good academic standing (2.00 at Missouri State).  Therefore, you would need a minimum of a 2.00 GPA in order to be eligible.

After 8 semesters, you must have a grade point average of at least 100% of what is considered good academic standing (2.00 at Missouri State).  Therefore, you would need a minimum of a. 2.00 GPA in order to be eligible.

The GPA requirement is checked after each semester, so you must maintain your required GPA for the spring semester as well.  For example, if you needed a 1.90 to be eligible in the fall semester, you must have at least a 1.90 to be eligible in the following spring semester.

40/60/80 Rule (Degree Completion)

After 4 semesters you must have completed at least 40% of your degree requirements.  This includes courses that meet requirements for general education, your major, and your minor (if one is required).   At Missouri State, most majors require a minimum of 125 hours, so you must complete at least 50 hours to reach 40% completion.

After 6 semesters you must have completed at least 60% of your degree requirements.  This includes courses that meet requirements for general education, your major, and your minor (if one is required).  At Missouri State, most majors require a minimum of 125 hours, so you must complete at least 75 hours to reach 60% completion.

After 8 semesters you must have completed at least 80% of your degree requirements.  This includes courses that meet requirements for general education, your major, and your minor (if one is required).  At Missouri State, most majors require a minimum of 125 hours, so you must complete at least 100 hours to reach 80% completion.

Other Requirements

You must maintain full-time student status at all times. At Missouri State, this means you must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester.

You must declare a major before your 5th full-time semester.