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Athletics Academic Eligibility

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Friar student-athletes are asked to maintain a level of academic standing that will ensure they meet NCAA eligibility standards and Providence College graduation requirements. As a student-athlete, you should be familiar with the following PC/NCAA academic eligibility guidelines​:

  1. You must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours at all times in ​order to practice and compete. You are immediately ineligible if you drop below a full-time (12 hours) program of study (with the exception of seniors who need less than 12 hours to graduate and who have verification from the Dean’s Office OR graduate students who make take 9 graduate hours to maintain full-time status).Students reading for Developemnt of Western Civilzation in Student-Athlete Study Hall
  2. You must pass a minimum number of credit hours toward your degree program (“progress hours”) each year you are enrolled at PC (see eligibility chart below). Student-athletes must also complete a minimum of 6 progress hours each semester in order to be eligible for the next semester.
  3. You must complete a certain percentage of your degree requirements each year, beginning with the start of your third year of enrollment (i.e., under most circumstances, the beginning of your junior year; see eligibility chart).
  4. If you are planning on changing majors, you must meet with the chairperson of your current major as well as the chairperson of your new major. Then, you must meet with Office of Academic Services (O.A.S.) personnel to determine how the change will affect your NCAA eligibility.​

If you are a transfer student, you must meet with the chairperson of your new major to determine which credit hours transfer into your new program before meeting with staff in the O.A.S.

Athletic Academic Eligibility Year-to-Year 

During First Year

  • GPA Requirement: Following the fall semester, you need a minimum CGPA of 1.6
  • Progress Hours*: Minimum of six (6) credits must be passed each semester
  • Declaration of Major: No
  • Percentage of Degree: No

Upon Entering Sophomore Year

  • GPA Requirements: 
    • Beginning of Fall – minimum CGPA of 1.8/1.8 (PC/NCAA).
    • Beginning of Spring – minimum CGPA 1.9/1.8 (PC/NCAA).
  • Progress Hours: 
    • Beginning of Fall – Minimum of eighteen (18) hours passed during first Fall, Winter, Spring semesters.
    • ​Beginning of Spring – Minimum of six (6) credits must be passed each semester.
  • Declaration of Major: Yes
  • Percentage of Degree: No

Upon Entering Junior Year

  • GPA Requirements:
    • Beginning of Fall – minimum CGPA of 1.99/1.9 (PC/NCAA)
    • Beginning of Spring – minimum CGPA of 2.0/1.9 (PC/NCAA)
  • Progress Hours:
    • Beginning of Fall - Minimum of eighteen (18) hours during Sophomore Fall, Winter, Spring semesters.
    • Beginning of Spring - Minimum of six (6) credits must be passed each semester.
  • Declaration of Major: Yes
  • Percentage of Degree: 40%

Upon Entering Senior Year

  • GPA Requirements:
    • Beginning of Fall – minimum CGPA of 2.0/2.0 (PC/NCAA)
    • Beginning of Spring – minimum CGPA of 2.0/2.0 (PC/NCAA)
  • Progress Hours:
    • Beginning of Fall - Minimum of eighteen (18) hours during Junior Fall, Winter, Spring semesters.
    • ​Beginning of Spring - Minimum of six (6) credits must be passed each semester.
  • Declaration of Major: Yes
  • Percentage of Degree: 60%

Note – This assumes that you are always enrolled as a full-time student; rules may have different applications for those enrolled part-time or not at all during one or more semesters. These rules are subject to change, pending PC or NCAA policy/legislation revisions. 

IMPORTANT: Under most circumstances, if you are placed on academic probation after any semester, you are immediately ineligible for competition.

*Progress hours are hours passed that count toward the completion of your degree program. For undeclared students, progress hours are any hours passed that may count toward any degree program at the College.​