Academic Guidelines for NAIA Athletic Eligibility

To become certified for athletic competition, students must meet the following  requirements:

Direct-out-of high school students: Initial Eligibility

Fall Sports

  • Receive official clearance from the NAIA Eligibility Center
  • Meet all Admissions requirements-including receipt of all final, official transcripts
  • Meet 2 of the following 3 academic requirements:
    • A minimum score of 18 on the Enhanced ACT or 860 on the SAT;
    • An overall high school grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
    • Graduate in the upper half of the student’s high school graduating class.
  • Be currently enrolled in 12 credit hours
  • Declare a Bachelor degree major

Spring Sports

  • Receive official clearance from the NAIA Eligibility Center
  • Meet all Admissions requirements-including receipt of all final, official transcripts
  • Meet 2 of the following 3 academic requirements:
    • A minimum score of 18 on the Enhanced ACT or 860 on the SAT;
    • An overall high school grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
    • Graduate in the upper half of the student’s high school graduating class.
  • Have earned a minimum of 9 credit hours in the fall semester
  • Be currently enrolled in 12 credit hours
  • Maintain a minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Declare a Bachelor degree major

Transfer Students: Initial Eligibility

Fall Sports

  • Receive official clearance from the NAIA Eligibility Center – if necessary
  • Meet all Admissions requirements-including receipt of all final, official transcripts
  • Complete the NAIA Transfer Player Eligibility Statement
  • Be currently enrolled in 12 credit hoursHave earned a minimum, combined cumulative GPA of 2.0 from all previous institutions
  • Have earned a minimum of 24 credit hours in the 2 immediately previous terms of attendance
  • Transfer hours from previous institutions are calculated at face value only for the first term of attendance at USF
  • Thereafter, only transferred credit hours accepted by USF and posted to the USF transcript will be used for calculating athletic eligibility
  • Declare a Bachelor degree major

Spring Sports

  • Receive official clearance from the NAIA Eligibility Center – if necessary
  • Meet all Admissions requirements-including receipt of all final, official transcripts
  • Complete the NAIA Transfer Player Eligibility Statement
  • Be currently enrolled in 12 credit hours
  • Have earned a minimum, combined cumulative GPA of 2.00 from all previous institutions
  • Have earned a minimum of 24 credit hours in the 2 immediately previous terms of attendance
  • Transfer hours from previous institutions are calculated at face value only for the first term of attendance at USF
  • Thereafter, only transferred credit hours accepted by USF and posted to the USF transcript will be used for calculating athletic eligibility
  • Declare a Bachelor degree major

All Students: Continuing Eligibility

  • All students must maintain a USF minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • All students must be currently enrolled (not waitlisted) in 12 credit hours.
  • All students must have earned 24 credit hours in the two immediately previous terms of attendance (unless terms of attendance is equal to second term) including credit hours earned in the term after one or both of the two immediately previous terms of attendance
  • All students must declare a Bachelor degree major
  • All students are awarded a total of 4 seasons of competition
  • All students must complete the 4 seasons of competition within 10 full-time terms of attendance

To become eligible for upcoming seasons, the following applies:

Previous seasons of competition used Minimum number earned credit hours required
1 24
2 48
3 72
  • Repeated courses will affect certification for athletic eligibility
  • Check with the coach before dropping courses
  • In certain circumstances, other restrictions apply
  • This information is not a guarantee of eligibility